IPOH: Perak assembly speaker Datuk S.K. Devamany said the issue of a letter sent to him that implicated Hutan Melintang assemblyman S. Kesavan has tainted the reputation of the august House.
“I don’t know the intention of the person who did it but it has tarnished the good name of the state assembly,” he told reporters here yesterday.
Earlier, Kesavan and several state party leaders had met Devamany to get a clarification on the letter that was received at the speaker’s office on Jan 2.
In the letter, Kesavan allegedly declared he was resigning as an assemblyman and quitting the PKR due to a loss of confidence and dissatisfaction with the leadership.
Devamany said he was not in the office when the letter was handed to his clerk at about 2.30pm on that day.
When the clerk read the content of the letter to Devamany later, he called Kesavan to verify the document.
“Kesavan clarified he had not resigned and he did not send anyone to submit the letter,” said Devamany, advising the public not to speculate on the matter.
Meanwhile, Kesavan has lodged a report at the district police station here.
Speaking to journalists, he said the letter was timed to create an image of disunity and confusion among party members when the PKR was gearing for the Kajang by-election in Selangor.
“I was shocked when I saw the letter with my name and identity card number on it and circulated on social media,” he said, adding the signature was “not even remotely close” to his.
In a related development, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said he has asked the Speaker’s office to lodge a police report on the matter.
“We will let the police carry out the necessary investigations,” he told reporters after the state executive council meeting at his office here.
“I am sure once a report is lodged. the police will view the CCTV recording to see who handed over the letter,” he said, adding that he sympathised with Kesavan who would be getting married next week.