PETALING JAYA: A Parti Keadilan Rakyat MP has come to the defence of Lunas assemblyman Mohd Radzhi Salleh, calling on people not to criticise his move to quit PKR and become an Independent member of the Kedah state assembly.
Kulim Bandar Baru MP Zulkifli Noordin said those who hurled wild accusations against Radzhi should think about themselves first.
“If we point one finger at a person, three other fingers are pointing back at us,” he said in his blog (http://zul4kulim.blogspot.com) yesterday.
“We, in Pakatan, fight for human rights. We must be the first to respect Razhi’s decision,” Zulkifli said.
He said Radzhi had been committed and dedicated when handling his tasks. Zulkifli said Radzhi had raised several issues which he regarded as important.
“I believe his move was because of principles, rather than any disciplinary problem, investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission or bribery,” he said, adding that Radzhi faced numerous problems in Lunas.
“This is because we, the Pakatan MPs and assemblymen in Kedah, especially those from PKR, do not receive any financial help or allocation for our constituencies.
“Furthermore, there have been continuous internal problems with the PKR machinery and in the Padang Seri parliamentary constituency,” he added.
Zulkifli said the other concern Radzhi had was disunity among the Muslims and Malays.
“He was sad when Kedah’s PAS government was threatened by the sole DAP assemblyman over the closure of a pig slaughterhouse.”
He said Radzhi truly wanted the Muslim Malay leaders of PAS, PKR and Umno to discuss matters concerning the religion which he felt was increasingly threatened.
Meanwhile, Kedah Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang said Pakatan should sack or suspend members who were a liability or a “nuisance”.
He said if party leaders wanted to genuinely weed out assemblymen and members that were a nuisance, then the move should be made in accordance with the party constitution.
“It is highly inappropriate for Pakatan leaders to condemn their ex-members, including making wild allegations against them.” - The Star