Amirudin: Defection talk is cheap propaganda

SHAH ALAM: Those who speculate that several PKR assemblymen in Selangor are waiting for the right moment to defect to Perikatan Nasional are certainly “daydreaming”, says Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari (pic).

“I am certain our assemblymen are very firm in their commitment to the Selangor Pakatan Harapan and the state government’s policies, ’’ said Amirudin in response to speculation that as many as ten of the 19 PKR assemblymen in the state are aligned to former party deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

Azmin, who was expelled from PKR, has since joined Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).

Amirudin said talk about defections was cheap propaganda aimed at smearing the state government’s credibility and to camouflage the failure of certain quarters to battle Covid-19.

The Mentri Besar, who spoke to reporters after announcing the disbursement breakdown of the state’s Covid-19 stimulus package yesterday, said the propaganda was also aimed at covering up disunity in the Perikatan government.

Amirudin said he was confident the state government’s assemblymen would continue to remain with Pakatan.

He, however, added that they were free to decide otherwise, given that it was a democratic country.

“But they would have to think of the adverse effects they will have to face (with the defection), ’’ he said.

On another matter, Amirudin announced that the state’s civil servants under the Grade 56 scheme and below who are actively involved in Covid-19 operations will receive a one-off RM1,000 Hari Raya payment.

“The one-off RM1,000 contribution is a token of appreciation to all the frontliners, as well as those who work at the Covid-19 operation rooms, ’’ said Amirudin.

He added that others who were also eligible were village community management council chairmen.

Other members of the council will receive RM300 each.

The chairman, two imam, two bilal and two assistants (siak) from every mosque in the state will also receive a one-off payment of RM400 each while the chairman, two imam, one bilal and one assistant from surau will receive RM300 each.

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