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Will Kedah’s Tan be next to quit PKR?

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ALOR SETAR: The ball is in PKR Batu Arang MP Tan Wei Shu's court now that his demand for an apology from Kedah PKR chief Ahmad Kassim has been ignored.


Tan threatened to quit the party if an open apology was not forthcoming from Ahmad and Sungai Petani division chairman Johari Abdullah for remarks they made about him.


“I have not heard from them (Ahmad and Johari),” said Tan, whose five-day deadline for the apology passed yesterday.

Tan said his relationship with Ahmad was problem-ridden because the Kuala Kedah assemblyman was biased and chose to listen to only selected leaders.

Allegations of poor performance

The issue is believed to be linked to the recent state executive committee reshuffle where Tan was dropped following allegations of poor performance as a councillor.

Tan, who is the state assemblyman for Bakar Arang, had recently met PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim over the issue.

Tan said he was prepared to accept whatever the party’s top leaders decided, including disciplinary action because of his criticism of PKR leaders in recent weeks.

“I'm now waiting for the decision from the PKR headquarters, which is weighing my case. As far as know, it is still discussing the matter. No decision yet,” he said.

“I will decide my next move once I have been informed of the party leadership’s decision,” he added.

'Quit rumours unfounded'

Anwar Ibrahim, however, denied that Tan would quit the party. "He has approached me and denied wanting to quit the party.

"We are grateful to him and value his services. Every individual has a role and responsibility; his exclusion from the state executive council did not mean he served poorly."

Anwar said Tan was aware that a reshuffle was based on need and at the discretion of the Menteri Besar Azizan Abu Bakar.

Since early February, several MPs and state assemblymen have defected from PKR. If Tan's carries his out threat to quit, he would be following in the footsteps of the state assemblymen of Changkat Jering, Jelapang, Behrang, Lunas and Port Klang.

The MPs for Bayan Baru, Nibong Tebal, Pasir Mas and Bagan Serai have also quit the party.



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