Zakaria demands apology from PKR leaders for sacking, wants membership restored

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 28 Nov 2019

Zakaria Abdul Hamid claims he was unfairly treated and wants an apology from PKR leaders and his membership restored.

SEPANG: Sacked PKR central leadership council member Zakaria Abdul Hamid has demanded an apology from the party and wants his membership to be restored.

The Bera PKR division chief said his sacking on Nov 24 on grounds of corruption was unfair and should be reversed.

"On Nov 25, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) declared in a news report that it had completed investigations and decided that it would not press charges.

"So the party's decision to sack me due to corruption is unfounded," he said.

"Under the disciplinary board's rules, those who are accused will be called up to defend themselves before a decision can be made.

"There was no due process in this case.

"I am convinced that the central leadership council erred in their decision. I object to my sacking and urge them to revoke the decision.

"I also hope they will apologise publicly so that I can clear my name as I have been falsely accused of being corrupt," he told reporters when met at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport here on Thursday (Nov 28).

Zakaria, who was returning from a work trip in Taiwan, was welcomed by about 100 supporters at the airport.

The supporters, holding up banners with words like "Justice for Zakaria", were mainly Pahang PKR members.

Zakaria said he had yet to receive any letter nor any contact from the party over his sacking.

He added that he had informed the central leadership council that he would not be able to attend the Nov 24 meeting.

"Until I have received the letter, I still consider myself a PKR member. Once I have the letter, I will study its contents and then decide my next course of action," he said.

On the MACC investigation, Zakaria said that he did not commit any corruption as alleged.

"I was in a meeting and I was merely answering questions by members on how to apply for small projects advertised by the Bera District Council.

"These are the projects that are advertised publicly. There are no demands made towards the council to select certain contractors, nor were there any exchanges of bribe money," he claimed.

Zakaria, who has been a member of PKR for 20 years, said he was sad to be treated in such a way by his party.

"I have fought and struggled with the party for years. I know many people who left PKR when we were not in government to join other parties, only to rejoin later. But I stayed loyal to the party," he said.

Last Sunday, PKR announced that Zakaria and Ismail Duhladi, an ordinary member from Pahang, were stripped of their party membership following corruption allegations brought against them by the MACC.

PKR disciplinary board chairman Datuk Ahmad Kassim said the party received a letter from MACC dated Oct 23 on the allegations, which allegedly happened during last year's party elections.

Zakaria was the former political secretary to Works Minister Baru Bian but resigned from the post voluntarily in February this year.

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