ISKANDAR PUTERI: Senggarang assemblyman Khairuddin A. Rahim believes there is light at the end of the tunnel for him, following his decision to quit Parti Amanah Negara and join its fellow Pakatan Harapan component party PKR.
The 62-year-old, who was previously Johor Amanah secretary, said he actually left the party in September and became a member of PKR's Batu Pahat division a month later.
“I already declared my intention to leave Amanah to party deputy president Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub back then.
“This week, I met Amanah president Mohamad Sabu, whom I have known since the 1980s, and we talked about my decision.
"But there was nothing he could do as I am already a PKR member, ” Khairuddin told reporters after handing over a memorandum to Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad on Thursday (March 11).
The memorandum concerned claims that local bumiputra contractors had been sidelined by concession companies appointed to carry out projects in the state.
Khairuddin said his move was not “crossing over” as he was still loyal to Pakatan.
“To me, what I am doing is a 'hijrah' (migration) and I hope everyone will accept my decision," he added.
Khairuddin also brushed aside rumours that tension among state Amanah leaders had forced him and two other assemblymen to leave and become PKR members.
He stressed that everything was well within Amanah and there was no problem among the state party leaders.
Asked if he would be picked as a PKR candidate in the 15th general election, Khairuddin said he had to work to prove his value to the party first.
On March 1, Khairuddin, together with fellow assemblymen Muhamad Said Jonit (Mahkota) and Faizul Amri Adnan (Serom), officially left Amanah and became PKR members.
Amanah now has six assemblymen, PKR seven and DAP 14 in the 56-seat Johor assembly.