SUNGAI PETANI, 11 Feb 2009: The state assemblyperson for Bukit Selambau who was reported to have resigned, V Arumugam, is believed to be in good health and safe although Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) leaders themselves do not know of his whereabouts now.
PKR vice-president Mohamed Azmin Ali said it had been confirmed that Arumugam had resigned and the party had received his resignations from both positions, namely as a state assemblyperson and Kedah state executive councillor.
“He (Arumugam) is healthy and safe…I don’t know where he is now because he has resigned and is free to go wherever he wants,” he told reporters after chairing a meeting with members of the Merbok PKR division, here today.
He said the validity of the PKR assemblyperson’s resignation should not be disputed because Arumugam had personally met PKR advisor, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, to inform him of the resignation.
Azmin also said that Arumugam claimed that he had lodged a police report on the various threats he had received but unfortunately no action had been taken.
He said Arumugam had followed proper procedure in his resignation by sending a letter to the state assembly speaker and also the Kedah Menteri Besar.
He said there was no necessity for an elected representative to be physically present when sending his resignation letter to the Election Commission as there was no legal provision requiring him to do so.
Yesterday, Kedah Umno Liaison head Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said Arumugam’s resignation had yet to be validated because his resignation letter was merely read by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak. — Bernama