PETALING JAYA: PKR MPs made a pledge of loyalty to the party as news broke about the desertion by its third lawmaker in three weeks, Bagan Serai MP Mohsin Fadzli Samsuri.
Earlier, spokesman Teluk Kemang MP Kamarul Baharin Abbas, who led the 12 MPs in their pledge, said they had voluntarily signed the pledge of loyalty document to kill rumours that there would be more defections from PKR.
He added that they were not pressured to do so by the PKR leadership.
Kamarul Baharin strongly rejected the speculation, including those found on the Internet and blogs, that other PKR MPs would defect soon.
“Our struggle in PKR is to defend principles of justice and support our leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“Umno and the Barisan Nasional are actually threatened by the surging wave of support for our party, especially for Anwar, who is now facing a second sodomy trial,” he said.
The MPs at the press conference were Ahmad Kassim (Kuala Kedah), Abdul Aziz Abd Kadir (Ketereh), Datuk Rashid Din Zainuddin (Merbok), Amran Abd Ghani (Tanah Merah) and Hee Loy Sian (Petaling Jaya Selatan).
The others were Mohd Yusmadi Yusof (Balik Pulau), Abdullah Sani Abd Hamid (Kuala Langat), Azan Ismail (Indera Mahkota) and S. Manikavasagam (Kapar).
Kamarul Baharin said Loh Gwo Burne (Kelana Jaya) and N. Gobalakrishnan (Padang Serai) were absent because they had other commitments.
Two other PKR MPs who left the party earlier were Datuk Seri Mohd Zahrain Hashim (Bayan Baru) and Tan Tee Beng (Nibong Tebal).
To a question whether the remaining 16 PKR MPs would follow suit in pledging their allegiance to the party, Kamarul Baharin said PKR was confident that they would remain loyal.
He also said that Kulim-Bandar Baharu MP Zulkifli Noordin had not signed the loyalty pledge because he was still under investigation by the party’s disciplinary committee.
Later, at another function, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar led 10 more PKR MPs and state assemblymen in voicing their support for the party.
Those present were assemblymen Amirudin Shari (Batu Caves), Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (Seri Setia), S. Manikumar (Bukit Selambau), Gan Pei Nei (Rawang), Abdul Yunus Jamhari (Kuala Kurau), Chang Lih Kang (Teja), Chan Ming Kai (Simpang Pulai), Sim Tze Tzin (Pantai Jerejak) and S. Kesavan (Hutan Melintang).
“If you are truly a reformist, you will do your best to address differences and work together to come out with a workable solution. People who decide to leave the party should just be labelled opportunists,” said Nurul Izzah, who is Anwar’s daughter.
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