Proposal to make scandal-plagued reps quit

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  • Sunday, 23 Nov 2008

SHAH ALAM: All PKR elected representatives will be asked to sign agreements to tender their resignations in the event they become embroiled in sex or corruption scandals.

Wanita PKR chief Zuraida Kamaruddin said this would be one of the resolutions debated at the women wing’s fifth national congress on Nov 28.

Under this new ruling, PKR MPs and state assemblymen would automatically lose their seats if they were involved in corruption or sex scandals, Zuraida said at a press conference here on Sunday.

She said the move was necessary in order to bring about a change to the nation’s political landscape.

Currently, two PKR state executive councillors in Perak -- Osman Mohd Jailu and Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi -- face 16 charges of corruption in connection with a RM180mil development project in Seri Iskandar.

PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has also been accused of sodomising his aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, earlier this year.

Zuraida, who is Ampang MP, said other issues discussed at the meeting would include the possibility of membership into the women’s wing being restricted to those aged 40 and below.

She said older women would then be absorbed into the main party.

“We want to increase the number of younger women in PKR, as well as create more opportunities for older women in the main party.”

She said the main party would also be asked to allocate one of the three vice-president’s posts to a woman.

The congress, which will be held at the Selangor State Agricultural Development building, is expected to be attended by 1,042 delegates representing 125 divisions nationwide.

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