By SIRA HABIBU
PETALING JAYA: Port Klang assemblyman Badrul Hisham Abdullah has scoffed at a suggestion that he is too sick to perform his duties.
The PKR elected representative, who has not been seen in public for weeks, is angry at talk that he is mentally ill.
Responding to a statement by Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim that he was suffering from a medical condition due to an accident, Badrul said: “What is he talking about?
“I was not involved in any accident, as claimed by certain quarters.”
Badrul also hit out at Khalid, who is also the PKR Selangor liaison chief, for suggesting that he was incapacitated following an accident.
“I do not understand why personal attack is levelled against me. What is the Mentri Besar afraid of?’’ he said when contacted yesterday.
Breaking his silence for the first time following speculation that he was quitting PKR, Badrul said he was still a party member serving as Port Klang assemblyman.
Badrul said he purposely shied away from meeting PKR leaders and the media to avoid further controversy.
“But I am not shying away from constituents. I meet them regularly, especially during terawih prayers,” he said.
Sources said Badrul and several other assemblymen felt that they were being treated as stepchildren when the Mentri Besar’s office denied them the right to decide on disbursement of their annual constituency allocation amounting to RM500,000 each.
Khalid had been reported as saying that the decision on Badrul’s status as assemblyman would be made after Sept 23, following a proposed discussion with Badrul and state speaker Teng Chang Khim.
Khalid had declined to confirm whether Badrul would be asked to quit as Port Klang assemblyman to pave the way for another by-election. - The Star