PKR State Assemblymen Told To Declare Stand

(Bernama) — Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin today called upon the two state assemblymen from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) who had gone 'missing' since Monday to declare their stand in the Pakatan Rakyat-led Perak government.

He said the state government was ready for any eventuality.

"The two executive council assemblymen went missing and could not be contacted by their family members since Jan 26," he said at a news conference after chairing a meeting with state leaders from Pas, DAP and PKR at his residence here.

Those said to be missing are Behrang state assemblyman Jamaluddin Mat Radzi and Mohd Osman Jailu (Changkat Jering).

Mohammad Nizar said the state government may make a police report on their disappearance after discussion with their families.

Jamaluddin, 52, is the chairman of the Perak Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Committee and Osman, 57, heads the State Tourism and NGO committee.

They both face charges of corruption involving the approval of a development project worth RM180 million in Seri Iskandar and the case will be heard in the Sessions Court here on Feb 10.

Nizar said the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) in Perak was still strong.

The PR has 32 state assemblymen including the Bota assemblyman, Datuk Nasaruddin Hashim, who joined PKR last week, while BN has 27 assemblymen and if the two assemblymen were hop the state government will have a majority of just one seat.

Elaborating on the development, Mohammad Nizar, who is also state Pas deputy commissioner, said the act of overthrowing the state government with the turn over of the two was an insult to the existing state government.

Also present at the meeting was Perak DAP chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham, Perak Pas commissioner Ahmad Awang, Perak PKR chairman Osman Abdul and Nasarudin.

Meanwhile, Jamaluddin, Ali, 25, said his father would not join the Barisan Nasional but would opt to be an independent representative.

He said his family could not contact Jamaluddin but of a friend his father's had said his father would leave PKR and be an independent assemblyman.

"I do not belief he is missing…he knows how to take care of himself but my mother is worried," he said.