Former PKR man predicts more defections

(The Malaysian Insider) –  Former Federal Territory PKR treasurer Norasidi Salim, who joined Umno tonight, predicted more defections soon if the Pakatan Rakyat party fails to address problems faced by their elected representatives.

“I know many PKR members who are not satisfied with the leadership. I am not sure if they are joining Barisan Nasional (BN) or are going to be independent, but if the problems persist, if they don’t take care of their elected representatives I don’t rule out the defection of lawmakers,” Norasidi told The Malaysian Insider.

Norasidi said that the party has failed to secure financial assistance for many of its assemblymen and MPs.

“How to serve the people without financial aid, they can’t just serve with speeches,” said Norasidi.

Some PKR MPs have raised the problems of getting financial assistance, most notably the Nibong Tebal MP Tan Tee Beng who complained that the party’s MPs are being sidelined by the DAP-led Penang government in resource allocations.

Norasidi joined four other former Federal Territory PKR grassroots leaders in submitting their application forms to join Umno to Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin before the start of the state Umno liaison meeting.