THE political tussle for Perak took a dramatic twist today.
Bota assemblyperson Datuk Nasaruddin Hashim rejoined Umno after defecting to Parti Keadilan Rakyat on 25 Jan 2009. Three other assemblypersons — Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi (Behrang), Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu (Changkat Jering), and Hee Yit Foong (Jelapang) — left the Pakatan Rakyat to be “friendly” independents who would support the Barisan Nasional (BN) in any vote in the Perak state assembly.
With the latest development, the Pakatan Rakyat and the BN have 28 seats each in the 59-seat state assembly. On top of that, the BN has three assemblypersons who will support it.
In this interview on 4 Feb 2009, The Nut Graph‘s senior journalist Deborah Loh tells BFM 89.9′s Patrick Michael that BN deputy chairperson and deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak plans to seek an audience tomorrow with the Perak Ruler, Sultan Azlan Shah, for the BN to attempt to form the new state government.
Click on the BFM 89.9 audio report for the full story.