KUALA PILAH: Former PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali (pic) is unperturbed by the party’s decision to claim RM10mil in compensation from him and every one of the 19 other MPs and assemblymen who switched allegiance.
Describing the party’s move as “lacking intelligence” (kurang cerdik), the Senior Minister, who was sacked by PKR on Feb 25, said even if he had the money, there was no reason for him to hand it over.
“Why do I need to pay the money to a party that is already spoiled and irrelevant? If I had the money, I would rather give it to the rakyat, ” he told reporters after launching the Korban Perdana programme organised by Penggerak Komuniti Negara here yesterday, an event that was also attended by Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.
On Wednesday, PKR treasurer-general Lee Chean Chung said the party would be issuing letters of demand to claim RM10mil from each former assemblyman and MP.
Lee claimed this was the amount they had agreed to pay if they defected and appropriated their seats for personal benefit and used it against the interests of the party.
The other MPs are Zuraida (Ampang), Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (Indera Mahkota), Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar (Bandar Tun Razak), Datuk Mansor Othman (Nibong Tebal), Datuk Rashid Hasnon (Batu Pahat), Datuk Seri Dr Santhara Kumar (Segamat), Ali Biju (Saratok), Jonathan Yasin (Ranau), Baru Bian (Selangau) and Willie Mongin (Puncak Borneo).
The state assemblymen are Dr Chong Fat Full (Pemanis), Datuk Muhammad Jailani Khamis (Rembia), Datuk Abdul Yunus Jamahri (Kuala Krau), Muhammad Hilman Idham (Gombak Setia), Azman Nasrudin (Lunas), Dr Robert Ling (Sidam), Haniza Mohamed Talha (Lembah Jaya), Daroyah Alwi (Sementa) and Zulkifli Ibrahim (Sungai Aceh).
The PKR central leadership sacked Azmin and Zuraida for betraying party principles and for destabilising the former Pakatan Harapan-led federal government.
Zuraida earlier dismissed the demand by PKR, saying that it had no cause to claim compensation as she was expelled by the party.
In Ipoh, Haniza claimed that they were forced to sign the legal document “under duress”, with the Lembah Jaya assemblywoman adding they were not given a choice.
“It was a condition to fulfil to contest as a candidate. We were forced to put down our signatures, ” she told reporters after a Hari Raya Haji korban programme yesterday.
Haniza said they were prepared to go to court over the demand.
“As of today, I am not sure who received the letter but we are prepared with our lawyers to take up the case, ” she said, arguing that her case was a special one.
“I did not quit or hop to another party. I was sacked. I’m not worried as I’m an independent and not with any political parties, ” she added.
Haniza, who was also sacked as the party’s Wanita chief in June, said the demand was unconstitutional.
“The Constitution gives rights to any individual to join any registered organisation.
“I am confident that their accusation cannot be taken upon the MPs and assemblymen involved but we will wait for the letter, ” she added.
On another issue, Azmin said he had not held talks with Muafakat Nasional on Selangor seats allocations for the next general election.
He was asked this in response to a statement by Selangor Umno chief Tan Sri Noh Omar who on Thursday was reported as saying that Umno and PAS had reached a deal to distribute 90% of state and parliamentary seats in the state.
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