KUALA PILAH: Some 1,700 people here have signed an online petition demanding the resignation of state exco and Kuala Pilah assemblyman Mohamad Nazaruddin Sabtu, who has been ill for some time now.
Kuala Pilah Barisan Nasional, which launched the initiative on Nov 26, hopes to get 5,000 people to sign the petition and pressure the state Pakatan Harapan government to ask Mohamad Nazaruddin to make way for a by-election.
District MIC Youth deputy chief R. Vickness expressed hope that the state government will take heed of the growing dissatisfaction on the ground.
"Nazaruddin has been ill off and on for some time now, and has been unable to carry out his duties effectively.
"There is also no indication when he will recover fully to be able to serve his constituents," he said when met after a peaceful demonstration here on Monday (Dec 2).
Vickness said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun, who had earlier dismissed calls for Mohamad Nazaruddin's resignation, should treat this matter seriously.
He said a by-election should be held to allow the voters to pick a new assemblyman.
Earlier, some 40 individuals held a peaceful demonstration calling for Nazaruddin's resignation.
Last Thursday (Nov 28), state Barisan Youth chief Datuk Mohd Zaidy Abdul Kadir said 63-year-old Mohamad Nazaruddin, who is also state Arts, Culture and Malay Traditions Committee chairman, should resign as he has not been able to serve his constituents effectively.
Mohd Zaidy said the state Pakatan government should act quickly, as Malaysians have also taken to social media to ask Mohamad Nazaruddin to make way.
He claimed the state Pakatan government was afraid to ask Mohamad Nazaruddin to step down, as they knew they would lose the seat.
Mohamad Nazaruddin when asked to respond to Mohd Zaidy's demand, admitted that he had been ill, but is a lot better now.
Mohamad Nazaruddin had been excused from attending official functions on several occasions since the last general election.
He fell ill after the May 9 polls last year, and his condition worsened after Hari Raya.
He first missed the four-day state assembly sitting in October last year, after he came down with a mysterious illness.
Although his condition improved after undergoing both modern and traditional treatment, he has not fully recovered from his ailment.
In the May 9 general election, Mohamad Nazaruddin defeated incumbent Datuk Norhayati Omar from Barisan and PAS' Ahmad Fadzil Othman in a three-cornered fight.
Mohamad Nazaruddin polled 5,643 votes against Norhayati's 3,837 and Ahmad Fadzil's 1,413.
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