Umno duo deny jump-ship claim

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 03 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:

“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 a press conference 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 said he had never been close to Anwar and was puzzled as to how the blog had come to link his name to that of the PKR adviser's.

“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.

Temerloh MP Saifuddin said he had not met Anwar for about 10 years.

“He has not contacted me, nor have I contacted him. So there is no possibility of us having a meeting,” he said.

He said he wanted to deny the speculation as his phone 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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