Bota ADUN crossover: PKR to take over as MB and Tajol to resign

 

The nation’s political scene was jolted with UMNO State Assemblyman for Bota YB Nasarudin Hashim crossed over to PKR. The recent humiliating defeat of former Deputy Home Minister Senator Dato’ Wan Farid Salleh in P36 Kuala Terengganu and the arrest and charge of several UMNO leaders by newly formed and ultra eager Malaysia Anti Corruption Commission shocking news mid week have not even subsided just yet.

The Star has the report:

Published: Sunday January 25, 2009 MYT 4:22:00 PM
Updated: Sunday January 25, 2009 MYT 8:22:56 PM

Umno man joins PKR in Perak (updated)

By JANE RITIKOS and CLARA CHOOI

 

PETALING JAYA: Bota assemblyman Datuk Nasarudin Hashim is quitting Umno to join PKR, bringing the total number of state seats held by the Pakatan Rakyat alliance here to 32, versus Barisan Nasional’s 27.

Nasarudin, 58, said his decision was based on the people’s growing support for Pakatan, and the current situation within Umno and with its leaders.

Speaking at a press conference with PKR advisor and de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on Sunday, the former Parit MP said he was joining PKR with immediate effect but would submit his resignation letter to Umno later.

Saying that he was doing this in the interest of the people, especially his supporters and voters, he added that he was confident in PKR’s commitment to protecting the rights and interests of all races.

“I am confident PKR will continue to uphold and respect the Constitution with regards to the position of Bahasa Melayu (sic) as the official national language, the position of the Rulers and Islam as the federal religion,” he said.

He added that by joining PKR, he would be able to more effectively represent the interest of his constituency since Pakatan Rakyat is the state government in Perak.

Nasarudin is former Felcra Berhad chairman and was an administrative and diplomatic officer in Wisma Putra, and also served at the Information Ministry. He joined Umno in the 1970s and had held the post of branch head since 1985.

Calling him an important leader in Perak, Anwar said Nasarudin’s decision was critical as it reflected the sentiment of the voters, especially his Malay constituents.

“He is responding to that demand. We welcome him and I see it as a beginning of a new wave,” said Anwar.

Unhappy Barisan
The defection left Barisan leaders in shock. In IPOH, Perak MCA chairman Datuk Kong Cho Ha described the move as a “selfish one,” adding that Nasaruddin needed to answer to his party and his electorate.

“I am surprised and shocked to hear of this crossover by a Barisan assemblyman,” he said.

“It is also up to his conscience on whether he should have first vacated his seat in Bota. He has to answer to his electorate because they had voted for him under the Barisan ticket,” he said.

Perak Gerakan chief Datuk Chang Ko Youn concurred, saying that Nasaruddin should have first resigned as Bota assemblyman.

“If you are elected under a certain party, you should stick with it.

“If you disagree with certain policies, then you should rightfully resign from your seat and later offer yourself up as a Pakatan Rakyat candidate in the by-election,” he said.

Elated Pakatan
Pakatan component party leaders were however elated by the news and some even claimed there would be more such crossovers.

Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, who is also state PAS deputy commissioner, said there were unconfirmed reports that more Barisan representatives planned to follow in Nasaruddin’s footsteps.

“There will be more crossovers … we are working on it,” he said.

Perak DAP chief Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham welcomed Nasaruddin into the Pakatan family, saying that the latter had told him in a phone conversation that he wanted to contribute more effectively to the alliance.

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It seems, there is another twist to this latest political development in Perak. Since Barisan Nasional’s (BN) being ambushed on 8 March 2008 12th General Elections, the ‘coveniently married’ Pakatan Rakyat had never got their act together. The leader of the pack DAP did not manage to put State Chairman Dato’ Ngeh Koo Ham as the Menteri Besar (MB) because as a Non Malay, he was deemed ‘unacceptable’ by the Palace. Hence, the ‘minority shareholder’ in the band of unholy alliance parties had to put Dato’ Seri Mohd. Nizar Jamaluddin of PAS as the MB, even with only 6 Assemblymen.

 

As a puppet of the DAP, Dato’ Seri Nizar’s administration has been plagued with several controversies. The issuance of 999 years lease to Chinese New Village folks, timber concessions awarded, meritocracy on state funded scholarships, the purchases of the new fleet of Toyota Camry and equal grant be given to temples, which impaired the position of Islam as the religion of the Federation of Malaysia and State are some which attracted so much attention is less than 10 month leadership.

Sources from top PKR echelon informed BigDogDotCom that Adviser but Non Member Anwar Ibrahim wanted to horse-trade amongst the PR leadership and take over the MB’s position from PAS. This is important as Nizar already is losing confidence of the majority Malays in the state and PKR wants to gain a more pivottal role in Malaysian political scene, especially with even though without being a member of the party, PKR Adviser and former abuse of power convict Anwar Ibrahim is now the Opposition Leader in the Dewan Rakyat. Thus, Nasarudin has been promised the MB’s job when PR manage to convince the other unholy alliance partner of the change of management in Perak.

With this move, the Perak Malays unhappiness and discomfort as their MB has been seen as a puppet of DAP will be cushioned and compromised. PKR will smoothen the uneasiness of the Non Malays submitting to a PAS MB, which party recently still renewed their stance of Hudud Law and the Malays’ feeling against the  Chinese chauvinistic DAP.

Tonight’s UMNO State Liaison Meeting has an unprecedented decision. Chairman and former MB Dato’ Seri Mohd. Tajol Rosli Tan Sri Ghazali was reported twill be resigning effective from 1 February 2009 and UMNO Deputy President Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak is expected to take over as the State Liaison Chairman. This is to strengthen the party, where moral and public confidence has started to erode.

Tajol should have resigned the moment BN lost on 8 March, instead of crying and sulking the whole week long. Perak UMNO Liaison badly in need of better calibre leadership, especially the unholy alliance ‘marriage of convenience’ State Government has been expected to have problems and would not able to sustain long. Moreover, the margin of comfort for the PR Government is slightly above 5%.

With the switch over of state management from PAS to PKR, the focus on  the pressure of Anwar to deliver his “16 September 2008 promise” should be more interesting, if not intense. As UMNO Presidency and Federal Government leadership being handed over to Dato’ Seri Najib within the next 75 days, how and what issues Anwar will fabricate, manipulate and spin against the upcoming sixth Prime Minister will be expected to be intensified. Afterall, Anwar’s political model to garner support ever since his sacking as the Deputy Prime Minister on 2 September 1998 and UMNO member the next day has evolved around fabrication, manipulation, twisting and distortion of facts.

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  1. “He added that by joining PKR, he would be able to more effectively represent the interest of his constituency since Pakatan Rakyat is the state government in Perak.”

    The wonders never cease.
    So if UMNO gets back in power, then he will cross over again?
    Hello, about time he resigned from ADUN and UMNO member.
    Obviously he is automatically expelled but I think it’s just not proper to ditch the party that has kept him comfortable for many years.
    But hey, it’s politics, what principles?

  2. Syukur kehadrat Allah kerana satu demi satu ahli-politik yang berjenis opportunis keluar dari UMNO. Tak kisahlah sama ada dia ahli UMNO shj, ADUN ataupun Ahli parlimen.

    Dalam pada itu Dato’ Seri Tajol Rosli harap berundur segera. Berbanding Dato’ Khir di Selangor, Tajol Rosli tampak terlalu lemah di Perak. Malahan gerakan-gerakan politiknya sering dijadikan bahan ketawa sahaja. Bila org lain bersumpah, dia pun nak bersumpah sama. Bila Anwar melancarkan kempen kecing tahap “gaban”nya, dia pun buat sama.

    Harap UMNO Perak dapat melantik seorang ketua yang baru.

  3. Tuduhan bahawa Dato’ Nizar tu ‘boneka’ DAP itu tidak berasas langsung.

    Setiap keputusan yang diambil oleh Pakatan Rakyat Perak adalah mengikut musyawarah.

    Mungkin saudara kurang faham pasal politik: setiap tindakan politik diambil oleh kerajaan Perak dengan perbincangan dengan semua ADUN — Menteri Besar tidak membuat keputusan apa-apa dengan sendiri tanpa rundingan dan persetujuan.

    Apa salahnya kalau komuniti Cina tertentu di Perak mendapat hak mereka? Tidakkah hak semua komuniti dan bangsa dijamin oleh Perlembagaan Persekutuan? Bagaimana pula kalau hak dan kebajikan orang Cina terjaga maka hak orang Melayu tergugat? Ini satu fantasi penipuan oleh UMNO yang dah lama digunapakai demi menakutkan rakyat dan meraih undi.

    Saya nasihatkan saudara Big Dog guna hati dan akal dengan sebaik-baiknya.

    Jangan menipu demi matlamat politik/ideologi sendiri… sesungguhnya Allah Maha Mengetahui.

  4. Kenapa tak semua ADUN BN resign kemudian memohon SUltan Perak utk membubarkan Dewan NEgeri dan diadakan semuala pilihanraya negeri??

  5. cakap org tak mau study case. maybe utk propaganda org kampung yang jarang online berkesan, tp komen g di’bold’ is an insult to the writer himself.

  6. Your “reliable” sources must be as “realiable” as you are. Trying to spin and deflect attention won’t help anything here. Furthermore, Mohd Nizar is a MB through a signed agreement and not mere political expediency, therefore the idea that he is being replaced by a PKR man is such a poor joke. Bota assemblyman himself contacted Nizar last yr before he contacted PKR. How does that help you? And why would PR risk disturbances by removing Nizar? And by the way, which Malays did you survey to know that Nizar is unpopular with them? The sooty hearted, cold blooded, jealousy filled, petty elements that you reprsent? Nizar is a Malay and he doesn’t need to get a certificate from anyone and for that matter your ilk to be one or get accepted by the Malays. You can lampoon others, call them names to cushion your brain and for consolation but neither Nizar nor others are slowing down for your calibre.

  7. @ Ahli Pas Telok Intan,
    Tak silap saya Sultan awak tak setuju dengan pemberian tanah tu.
    Tak silap saya mengikut ugama kamu, kamu kena ikut Ketua Ugama kamu walaupun mukanya hodoh.
    Jadi sebagai orang yang kata kamu ikut islam, kamu patut ikut ketua ugama kamu.
    Ini sepatutnya anda zahirkan, melainkanlah kalau kamu adalah ahli Penyokong PAS Bukan Islam.

  8. Respect one’s decision to crossover or crossback.

    Mayhap we could be in his shoes one day if not at politics or workplace.

    In reality, UMNO until today has not reform one bit.
    The more late is reform, the more it delays, the more
    it will loose its people in direct crossovers or votes.

    UMNO, BN and other BN components including Gerakan must NOT forced people including Nasharudin to be
    in this coaliation juz becoz the BN change is delay and slow as a snail.

    Everyday is moving day for the country in terms of economics and etc. Time wait for no man.

    Thank you.

    Well, the rakyat in Bota voted YB Nasaruddin because he represented BN, not for his private self. If what ever it is he does not agree with BN, the right thing to do for YB Nasarudin is to quit as ADUN and let the rakyat decide.

    The rakyat of Bota is being shorchanged. They voted a BN rep and now they got a PKR instead!

  9. […] of the State Constitution and the practice of ascending to power. In the essence of carpe diem that spun off from the defection of BN Bota ADUN (which suspiciously look like there was no careful planning and execution), BN may not be able to […]

  10. […] about it. All of these started when Bota BN ADUN Nasaruddin announced crossing over to PKR and UMNO had to immediately take necessary steps to rectify the situation from detiorerating […]


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