Saifuddin Abdullah joining PKR

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(The Star) – Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (pic) is joining PKR, sources close to him have confirmed.

Saifuddin, who is a former Umno supreme council member, is expected to be unveiled as a PKR member by the party’s top leadership at a press conference on Thursday.

A poster announcing his membership had begun circulating on WhatsApp on Wednesday evening, though the source of the image is unknown.

The image had also wrongly indicated that the press conference would be held at the headquarters of the Global Movement of Moderates (GMM) in Damansara Heights.

PKR has since issued a reminder that Thursday’s press conference scheduled at noon is to be held at the party’s headquarters in Tropicana.

Saifuddin, who is GMM’s chief executive officer, had reportedly sent a message to his staff informing them that no press conference was scheduled at its office.

“Team members. I know that there is a viral message that there is a press conference at GMM tomorrow at 12.30pm. Please note that there is no such thing at our office. Should anyone ask about it, please ask them to refer to PKR headquarters,” he said in the message that was sighted by The Star Online.

He did not, however, deny that he was joining the Opposition party.

Saifuddin and PKR could not immediately be reached for comment.

Saifuddin was recently issued a show-cause letter by Umno for attending a roundtable discussion of the Opposition parties at Empire Hotel in Subang on Sept 21.

Party secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said Saifuddin’s motives for attending the meeting, which led to the formation of Pakatan Harapan, were questionable even though he was there in his capacity as an NGO leader.