PKR duo fails to turn up at PC, demands PR leaders to lay off accusations

(NST) – PKR assemblymen Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi and Osman Jailu failed to turn up at the separate Press conferences this afternoon to declare that they are still with the party. Instead,their representatives read out their statements that they still remain with PKR.

Both assemblymen demanded that the PKR leadership stop making "untrue and accusatory" statements towards them that benefits certain political groups.

In his statement, Jamaluddin, the assemblyman for Behrang, insisted that he was still the elected representative and has no plans to step down after being voted in by the people.

"On accusations that I had disappeared because I wanted to defect, I am happy to clarify that I have never disappeared or ran away from anyone," he said in his statement. "Instead, I was on sick leave from Jan 28 to Jan 30. I used Jan 31 to Feb 1 as the weekend days off to rest."

Jamaluddin's statement was read at a press conference at the Pan Pacific Hotel at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 3pm. Osman's Press conference at 5pm at the Shah Alam Concorde Hotel was also read out by a representative.

Jamaluddin claimed the reports that he had submitted his resignation letter as assemblyman "shocked me."

He also dismissed Speaker V. Sivakumar's statement that he had resigned as "absolutely unsubstantiated."

"More so, I was not in Perak," he said, "so how could I personally submitted my resignation letter to the Speaker's house."

Jamaluddin claimed the Speaker's statement had triggered a national confusion and upheaval.

"For now, I will continue with my routine task and responsibility," he said. "I hope this explanation will clear the the confusion and I hope the PKR leadership will not make untrue statements for the benefit of certain political groups."

In the later Press conference, Osman, after denying that he had resigned as Changkat Jering assemblyman, insisted that he did not go to the Speaker's house to submit his resignation letter.

"I am still the elected representative," he said in a statement read by his representative, Puzi Ghazali.

Puzi claimed that Osman could not make it to his own press conference because he was sick. Puzi then proceeded to read the statement signed by Osman, in which the PKR politician also denied resigning from his post.

"I hope the Pakatan Rakyat leadership, especially from the PKR, stop making statements with an accusatory element towards me."