Updated 5 Jan 2008, 4:50pm
“I have made up my mind and it’s final. I’m not joking and I’m very serious this time.”
Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Member of Parliament for Kapar S Manikavasagam dropped a bombshell when he announced his decision on 27 Dec 2008 to quit the party because he was disappointed with the attitudes of Selangor PKR leaders, who he claimed had neglected the people’s needs. Source: The Star, 27 Dec 2008.
“My conclusive decision of whether to resign from the party will only be announced after I have held discussions with these two leaders.”
On 31 Dec 2008, the PKR supreme council member Manikavasagam finally tendered his resignation, but only from his post as the party’s Selangor deputy liaison chairperson. As to his position within the party, Manikavasagam backtracked and said he would make a decision after meeting with PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leader P Waythamoorthy. Source: Bernama, 31 Dec 2008.
“I will live and die with Parti Keadilan Rakyat.”
(Updated) Manikasavagam backtracks even more about resigning from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). In this quote, he was responding to rumours that he was offered RM30 million to join the Barisan Nasional (BN) following his resignation as deputy state PKR liaison chief. Manikasavagam said he had indeed been approached to join the BN but had not been offered any money. He added that the rumours began after a conversation during the Permatang Pauh by-election with a BN leader who had jokingly asked him to join the ruling coalition for RM30 million. Source: The New Straits Times, 5 Jan 2008.