PKR Founder-member Quits Party With 63 Others And Pledge Support For BN
PORT DICKSON, Oct 9 (Bernama) -- A founder-member of Pakatan Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and 63 members announced their decision to quit PKR Thursday night and pledged their support for Barisan Nasional (BN).
Abdul Manap Shahardin said he and the members had decided to quit PKR because its leader was only a good orator but failed to implement what they had struggled for.
"I do not want to talk bad about the leader but it is a reality," he told a brief gathering attended by Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim.
Abdul Manap, 64, said colleagues who were instrumental in setting up the party were also disappointed because they struggles, sacrifices and contributions were not appreciated.
After retiring from the army after serving at the Sunggala camp, Abdul Manap who had stood as a PKR candidate for the Telok Kemang parliamentary seat during the 2004 general election, said he and the other members would support Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad who is contesting the Bagan Pinang state seat in the Oct 11 by-election.
He added that Isa was a influential candidate who was well accepted by the people of Bagan Pinang and his credentials and contributions as the Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar for 22 years remains intact although PKR had won the Telok Kemang parliamentary seat during the 2008 general election.
Meanwhile, Rais said BN accepts the former PKR man's stand which goes on to prove that BN's selfless contributions all these years has been recognised.
"I knew him from the time we were in Parti Melayu Semangat 46 and I know his struggles," he said.
Rais also welcomed the support pledged by Indian PKR members and promised to do his bit to see that they enjoyed the Deepavali celebrations on Oct 17.
The minister added that Abdul Manap and the rest would coax more PKR members in Telok Kemang to support BN during the by-election.
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