We’re not joining PKR, say Ismail and Saifuddin


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 02 Jul 2008

KUALA LUMPUR: An Umno minister and a deputy have denied news spread by a blog that they would be crossing over to PKR.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaacob and Deputy Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah described the claim as “illogical.”

Ismail Sabri, who is the Bera MP, said it did not make any sense at all.

“I am a Cabinet Minister. Why should I jump to a party that has no direction? Gilakah saya? Tak masuk akal (Am I mad? It does not make sense),” he told the media in his office at Parliament House.

Anwar, who is alleged to be involved in a sodomy case, had claimed that four Barisan MPs would join the Pakatan Rakyat.

The Greenboc blog named Ismail and Saifuddin as among the Barisan MPs, and claimed that Saifuddin had met Anwar overseas recently.

Ismail clarified that he had never been close to Anwar and was puzzled as to how his name was linked to him by the blog.

“I was shocked to hear about it. I have never been a controversial figure to start with. I just do my work. I am not even interested in contesting for a higher post (in Umno),” he added.

Saifuddin, who is the Temerloh MP, said he had not met Anwar for about 10 years.

“And he has not contacted me nor have I contacted him. So there is no possibility that we have had a meeting,” he said.

He said he wanted to deny the speculation as his telephone had been ringing non-stop with enquiries.

“I am a loyal Umno and Barisan man and an Umno life member,'' he stressed.

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