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Sunday February 1, 2009

Perak PKR says two state exco men cannot be located

PETALING JAYA: PKR has claimed that two of its Perak state executive councillors have gone missing and cannot be located.

State PKR chief Osman Abdul Rahman said family members and the party have not been able to track down Jamaluddin Mat Radzi, who is the Behrang assemblyman, and Osman Jailu, who is the Changkat Jering assemblyman.

“We hope the two leaders are safe and will remain steadfast with the party’s struggle and will not fall prey to any trap,” Osman said.

Jamaluddin, 52, is the Perak Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Committee chairman while Osman, 57, heads the State Tourism and NGO Committee.

They were charged in a Sessions Court on Aug 25 last year with allegedly receiving bribes over the application for a RM180mil housing project in Sri Iskandar in Perak Tengah. Their case comes up for hearing on Feb 10.

Osman Abdul Rahman accused Umno and Barisan Nasional of trying to lure the exco duo, saying their disappearance had something to do with it.

After Umno’s Bota assemblyman Datuk Nasarudin Hashim crossed over to PKR last week, PKR and Umno have been involved in a psychological war, with both accusing each other of trying to pinch their assemblymen.

Jamaluddin and Osman have not been seen in public since Nasarudin crossed over to PKR last Sunday, with the media also failing to reach them for comments.

Speculation had been rife in Perak that the exco duo were going to resign from PKR and become Independents before joining Umno later.

“We believe their disappearance is closely linked with the corruption charges they are facing and the upcoming trial,” said Osman Abdul Rahman.

The state PKR’s chief’s remarks contradicts what Perak MB Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin told reporters on Friday.

Nizar, who is from PAS, said he had spoken to both exco members and added that they “were quite alright.” He also dismissed talk of them crossing over to the Barisan.

Pakatan Rakyat currently holds 32 state seats against Barisan’s 27 in the 59-seat State Assembly.

Perak Barisan secretary and Umno supreme council member Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin, when contacted last night, declined to comment on the matter.

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