KUALA KANGSAR: Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is free to accept leaders who intend to quit Barisan Nasional, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.
He said if Anwar thought of accepting these 'political frogs', he is welcome to do so.
"It is not uncommon for politicians under the BN coalition to quit and join or work with the Opposition when they know they will not be chosen as BN candidates in the coming general election," he told reporters after giving out duit raya and kurma fruits to the old and less fortunate communities at SMK Temenggong, Kati, here on Saturday.
"They wish to continue contest in the election but when realise that they do not have a chance to do so under the BN flag, they have to join Pakatan Rakyat," he said.
Nazri, who is Padang Rengas MP, was commenting on the Anwar's announcement that a BN politician in Sabah is set to leave the coalition for the Opposition this weekends.
Last month, Tuaran MP Wilfred Bumburing and Beaufort MP Lajim Ukin quit BN and pledged to work with the opposition.
"I am not shocked if Anwar, who himself is also a 'pelompat (jumper)', accepts people of his kind into Pakatan Rakyat," said Nazri.
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