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2009/01/30
Abdullah: Don't sulk if not given party post
By : M. Husairy Othman
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KAMPAR: Bota assemblyman Da-tuk Nasarudin Hashim's defection was an act of weakness, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

The Umno president said Nasarudin had rejected Umno's struggle by joining Parti Keadilan Rakyat.

He said quitting was not the solution to Nasarudin's problems with the party. "If you were not given any post, you should not sulk."

Becoming a senior member and elected representative was "not easy as you are bound to face numerous problems relating to the party or in your capacity as a leader".

"In times like this, you must remind yourself that sacrifices have to be made for the sake of Umno's struggle," Abdullah said after launching the Village Action Plan at SMK Ayer Kuning near here yesterday.
Nasarudin left Umno for PKR on Sunday in a surprise move that has unsettled Perak Umno.

Abdullah said he had not betrayed the party even when he did not have a position in it.

"I did not abandon Umno then as I valued the party.

"His act was that of a weak person. It was a clear example of weakness."

On rumours that two PKR assemblymen in Perak might join Barisan Nasional, Abdullah smiled but played down the prospect.

"Let them. Some might want to join PKR while others might want to leave the party."

When asked to comment on Perak BN and state Umno liaison committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Tajol Rosli Ghazali's decision to relinquish both posts, he said it would be discussed at a supreme council meeting last night.

"I suppose he felt really hurt (by Nasarudin's defection).

"He will brief the supreme council on his decision and the political scenario in Perak."

 



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