SUNGAI PETANI: Dr Robert Ling (pic), one of two Kedah PKR assemblymen who quit the party recently, says it is not the first time those who had left PKR have been threatened with a RM10mil lawsuit – but it had amounted to nothing.
"Other leaders such as Senior Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali as well as Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin and other leaders were also threatened with the same lawsuit but there has been no action till date," said the Sidam assemblyman.
"Others were warned of the consequences if they quit the party after the elections.
"Some leaders who left were blamed for quitting the party," he said, adding that legal action had "not gone further than just the statements".
"The suit just 'dies' after a point," he said in a statement on Thursday (May 14).
Lunas assemblyman Azman Nasrudin, however, declined to respond, saying he would do so only after speaking to the Sultan of Kedah on Friday (May 15).
It was reported that Kedah PKR chairman Johari Abdul said the two members from PKR who resigned would be served with RM10mil lawsuits each for leaving the party.
"The two assemblymen, Azman (Lunas) and Dr Ling (Sidam) took an oath and signed a document before they became candidates.
"They will be served with the lawsuits and have to prepare to face the consequences of their actions.
"They represented PKR and were voted in not based on who they were but the party they were representing," Johari said.
On Tuesday (May 12), Dr Ling and Azman announced their exit from PKR as well as their support for Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's leadership.