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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

'I'm a victim of sabotage'

ALOR STAR: Parti Keadilan Rakyat's Bakar Arang state assemblyman Tan Wei Shu, who was dropped from the Pas-dominated state executive council last week, claims to have been "backstabbed by people" he thought "were my friends".

"And a certain leader from my own party in Kedah was behind all the personal attacks against me," he said in an interview with the New Straits Times yesterday.

The 50-year-old former masseur and Chinese traditional medicine practitioner did not name the culprits behind the "sabotage" but he claimed that they had waged a hate campaign against him among Kedah PKR members and some Kedah Pas leaders.

"I don't know why they did it but they have managed to influence some of our senior party leaders.

"This eventually led to my being dropped from the state executive council," he said when asked why Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak decided to drop him from his 10-member exco line-up.

Tan said he held no grudges against those who had attacked him because he believed they were "misled and did not know the true story".

He was puzzled why a certain Kedah PKR leader was intent on getting rid of him from the exco line-up.

Tan declined to disclose the identity of the person but hinted that he was no longer in the good books of the top PKR leadership.

Tan, who was in charge of the environment, Chinese community affairs, manpower and transportation portfolio, was replaced by another PKR assemblyman, Tan Chow Kang, who holds the Sidam state seat.

Tan is still on leave from his official duties as an assemblyman and will return to work by the weekend.

He refused to comment when asked if he was satisfied with the way the PKR leadership or Azizan had handled his case.

He also refused to say if he would leave PKR but said he would leave it to the party's de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Tan said he had asked Anwar to direct the errant Kedah PKR leader to make a public apology to him.

"I want him to apologise to me in the newspapers for spreading lies about me not living up to Anwar's and my constituents' expectations.

"He has not only damaged my reputation but also tarnished the PKR's leadership's choice in selecting me for the Bakar Arang seat," he said.

Kedah PKR chairman Ahmad Kassim, who is also Kuala Kedah member of parliament, could not be reached for comment. - NST

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