Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari has discounted rumors that many state PKR assemblymen were waiting for the right moment for Perikatan Nasional to be defected. He hihlighted that people who build the narrative are getting a daydream. He added that he is confident that their congressmen are strong in their pledge to Selangor Pakatan Harapan and the policies of the state government.
Speculation is rife with potential defections as 10 out of the state’s 19 PKR assemblymen are allied with former party vice president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
Azmin, who had been removed from the PKR, has left Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), a main player in Perikatan since.
Amirudin said the talk of defections is cheap misinformation aimed at smearing the reputation of the state government and disguise the inability of certain quarters to deftly combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Mentri Besar, who spoke to reporters after announcing the failure of the disbursement of the state’s Covid-19 stimulus plan, said the “propaganda” was also meant to cover up the division in Perikatan government. Once asked about the position of PKR’s suspended female leader Haniza Talha, the Mentri Besar said inquiries were still under way.
Assemblyman Lembah Jaya Haniza, who is the state’s exco member responsible for housing and urban life, was suspended by PKR last month for reportedly communicating with Azmin and former party vice president Zuraida Kamaruddin who was also dismissed from the group.
He added what was important to receive the corrective action study at this juncture as well as proof of Haniza ‘s stance.
Amirudin said there were strong lines drawn between Pakatan and Perikatan on the defection of two PKR assemblymen in Kedah and party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim ‘s recent comment that those who defect would quit in a good manner, without causing hostility as it was a democratic nation.
He listed many instances including state leadership attending a recent meeting of the National Security Council which was chaired by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Prime Minister.