PETALING JAYA: Perikatan Nasional has welcomed former PKR vice-president Datuk Dr Xavier Jayakumar’s decision to support the government as an Independent MP.
Perikatan secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin said the coalition believed that the Kuala Langat MP’s decision to quit PKR was driven by his objective of wanting to better serve the people.
“Perikatan considers that his support manifests confidence in the abilities of the government led by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in serving the people and in facing the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, ” he said yesterday.
Dr Jayakumar dropped a bombshell on Saturday when he announced that he was quitting the party with which he launched his political career in 1998.
He said he would be supporting the Perikatan government while serving his constituents as an Independent MP.
In Ipoh, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) deputy president and Perak Perikatan chief Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu denied that politicians were being pressured to support Perikatan.
“Pressuring someone who has been a minister before or a former vice-president who has been in the party for so long is not easy, ” he told reporters after attending a Perak Bersatu dialogue programme at a hotel here.
Faizal said those who accused Perikatan of pressure tactics should provide proof.
“I am sure there are other parties who are not happy with Dr Jayakumar’s decision to leave his party but he has his reasons.
“We have been hearing a lot of accusations saying that the government may have been involved with his decision, ” he added.
Bersatu information chief Wan Saiful Wan Jan, who was at the event, said the party was focusing on curbing false information and fake news.
“Tan Sri Muhyiddin has told us to be prepared since September last year. The party machinery will be working hard to curb all fake news, ” he added.