Thursday, February 12, 2009

I am not going to cross over: Badrul - Star


SHAH ALAM: PKR’s Port Klang assemblyman Badrul Hisham Abdullah has quashed talk that he is crossing over to Umno.

Badrul Hisham, who was mobbed by the media after attending a briefing Thursday on land matters at the state secretariat, pledged to remain loyal to PKR and its de-facto chief Anwar Ibrahim.

“The allegations are not true and fabricated by the opposition to create chaos in the Pakatan Rakyat government in Selangor," Badrul Hisham, 49, told a press conference.

He said he was discussing with the party’s lawyers allegations made against him by a TV network and an online news portal.

The news portal reported that Badrul Hisham had gone missing due to problems with his family after his wife caught him in close proximity with another woman.

It also stated that the assemblyman was said to be in Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s bad books, and was also peeved at being merely given the task coordinating the state library.

Badrul Hisham, who was accompanied by PKR vice-president Azmin Ali at the press conference, said he had been carrying on with his duties as assemblyman without any hiccups.

Rumblings about Badrul Hisham’s alleged defection took root recently after the assemblyman was believed to have gone missing.

To make matters worse, reports against Badrul Hisham’s alleged regular absence from his constituency had also been sent to Khalid by Port Klang residents.

“It is just a technical problem. I will change," he said when asked about this, pledging to go to his service centre daily.

Badrul Hisham said he would be attending the special meeting between Khalid and all Selangor elected representatives at the MB’s official residence.

Earlier Thursday, his wife Ramizah Mazlan said wild allegations were levelled against Badrul Hisham by certain quarters from within as well as outside the party.

“All these allegations are untrue. He has been receiving threats even before he won the Port Klang seat,” said Ramizah when met at the family home in Kampung Raja Uda in Port Klang.

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