Umno will help Kuala Nerang rep declared a bankrupt

By Embun Majid, The Star

Umno will help resolve the problems faced by its Kuala Nerang assemblyman Datuk Syed Sobri Syed Hashim, who is said to have been declared a bankrupt last November.

Party vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, who is the new Kedah Umno chief, said he met the assemblyman to discuss his problems on Sunday.

“It is inappropriate for me to reveal to you the problems that he is facing but we will find ways to help him to reduce his burden.

“He is willing to listen and get legal advice. I believe his problem will be settled soon,” he told newsmen after opening the Third Regional Policy Dialogue on Rural Transformation and Poverty Reduction Malaysia’s Success Story here yesterday.

The Star reported on Monday that Syed Sobri, a former businessman, had written to the party national leadership detailing the problems he has been facing.

He is said to have handed his letter to Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin through a Kedah Umno official in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

In his letter, he reportedly outlined the problems he was facing in carrying out his duties as an assemblyman.

Shafie said it was important for Syed Sobri to continue his services as an assemblyman and Padang Terap Umno division deputy chief, adding that Kuala Nerang voters had placed their trust in him.

Last Nov 3, the Alor Setar High Court declared Syed Sobri a bankrupt following a suit filed by a bank to recover debts amounting to more than RM150,000, sparking off speculation of a possible by-election.