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Sunday March 7, 2010

PKR sacks Zulkifli Noordin

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PETALING JAYA: Kulim-Bandar Baharu MP Zulkifli Noordin has been sacked by PKR and told to vacate his parliamentary seat immediately, said party secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution.

“We will send an official letter by fax, registered mail and e-mail on Monday to inform him of the decision. He has 14 days to appeal,” he said.

Saifuddin said the action against Zulkifli was primarily for lodging a police report against PAS’ Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad and for speaking against the party and coalition members in a television interview.

“The board views seriously the strong attacks against party policy, its stand and cooperation within the Pakatan Rakyat.

“We took into account the re-occurrence of his misdeeds, the police report and the interview,” Saifuddin told a press conference after the three-hour council meeting chaired by party president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail yesterday.

The decision to sack Zulkifli was reached unanimously by the party’s central leadership council.

“If the decision we made means that there will be one fewer representative in Parliament and if that is the price we have to pay to defend the party’s good name and the interest of our 500,000 members, then that is what we will do,” Saifuddin said.

In a separate press conference, Zulkifli said his sacking marked a “black moment” in the history for the reformation movement and the downfall of the PKR.

“The decision also shows that little pharoahs are fully controlling PKR and have an evil, narrow and anti-Islamic plan,” he said.

He claimed that he was being punished without being given a chance to defend himself according to the principles of human rights and justice.

Zulkifli, who walked out of his disciplinary hearing when the party refused his request for an all-Muslim panel, reiterated that he had the right to an all-Muslim panel since the issue involved Islamic matters.

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