KUALA LUMPUR: Under pressure Port Klang assemblyman Badrul Hisham Abdullah has announced that he is quitting PKR.
At a press conference on Thursday evening, he said that would remain an independent who will support the Barisan Nasional.
He said he had no choice but to quit the party as it was the only way to ease the pressure from certain PKR leaders who wanted him to quit as assemblyman.
“I will not ever let go of my post as assemblyman; I was elected by the people and not appointed by the Mentri Besar of Selangor,” he told a press conference on Thursday.
Badrul, who said he was quitting the party with immediate effect, said he would serve as an independent representative supporting the Barisan Nasional.
“I believe I can serve better as an independent assemblyman,” he said.
Badrul also lashed out at Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim for suggesting that he should resign because of non-performance.
“Since March, allocations to my constituency were channelled to the Mentri Besar’s political secretary Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad who had set up a service centre in Port Klang.
“Why set up another service centre when I am still around to serve the people?” he said.
Badrul also denied Khalid’s statement that he had failed to respond to a show-cause letter.
“I submitted a written reply to the Mentri Besar’s office on Sept 2 this year. I have the Mentri Besar’s stamp of receipt as proof,” he claimed.
Badrul said he has lost faith in the leadership of Khalid and PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“Khalid’s claim that I need psychiatric treatment and that I am suffering from a medical condition due to an accident is a blatant lie,” he claimed.
Asked if he would join Umno, Badrul claimed he had not thought about it yet.
Earlier Thursday in SHAH ALAM:, Khalid said the Selangor government had recommended to the PKR supreme council that Badrul Hisham resign from his seat for non-performance.
In a statement issued from his office, Khalid said he would be sending a delegation to “reiterate the matter to the assemblyman personally.”
“The state government is aware of the mounting complaints from the people of Port Klang over the non-performance of assemblyman Badrul Hisham.
“Since he was issued a showcause letter dated Aug 20, he has made no effort to improve his work.
“Despite stating his willingness to meet state and party leaders, he continues to be evasive in meeting them. He has also refused to answer calls or SMSes and has not re-opened his service centre for the people in Port Klang,” Khalid said in his statement.
“The state government cannot tolerate incompetent and irresponsible leaders as they will seriously undermine its efforts to improve the rakyat’s (people’s) economic and social lives,” he added.
Earlier this month, Badrul Hisham’s appearance at Klang Umno chief Datuk Mazlynoor Abd Latif’s Hari Raya open house raised question about his party loyalty.
Khalid also told reporters later that having issued its statement, the state government would now “wait and see.”
“If Badrul Hisham still wants to serve the people, he will be given a chance to do so; if he does not, it’s better that he leaves regardless which party he belongs to.
“Since he promised the people, in his campaign during the 12th general election in March last year, that he would serve them, he should keep his promise,” he said.
When asked what would happen if Badrul Hisham decides to quit PKR to become an independent, Khalid said, “He can become an Umno member or an MCA member if he likes, but as an elected representative, he must serve the people.”
If Badrul Hisham refuses to quit his Port Klang seat, Khalid said the state government would study its next course of action.
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