'FILTHY-RICH' Musa Aman behind the defections from Sabah PKR?

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

KUALA LUMPUR - Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman's prediction there would be more defections from PKR following Kadamaian assemblyman Jeremy Malajad’s departure a day ago, has bolstered speculation that he could be the "black hand" behind the lures thrown out to entice Opposition members to switch allegiance to his Umno party.

"Well, it won't be a surprise to us if the speculation about Musa turns out to be true. It is what many are suspecting and alleging. I am sure we all know how rich Musa Aman is," PKR vice president Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle.

Tian, however, denied there would be any further defections.

In a report on The Star Online here, Musa claimed the defections were to be 'expected' as many members in the peninsula-based PKR have begun to lose confidence in the party’s leadership, post-Election 2013.

“There is a realisation among the PKR leaders that only by cooperating with Barisan Nasional can they help their constituents,” said Musa, who is also the state Umno and BN chief.

Money problems and a wife in the Wanita Umno

Yesterday, PKR had confirmed Jeremy's departure as well as that of Jelani Hamdan, the Matunggong assemblyman.

"They were bought over. We have tried to advise them but even though they know it is a betrayal of voters' wishes, they don't care," Tian had told Malaysia Chronicle.

Many Sabah PKR members had pointed out that it was an "open secret" that Jeremy was facing financial problems and had difficulty getting resources to serve the seat.

"But the mastermind is probably Jelani, whose wife s now the Ketua (head) of the Wanita Umno there," alleged the PKR source.

Making Lajim the scapegoat

Kadamaian is one of three state constituencies located within Kota Belud, which is also Sabah Umno’s birthplace.

Kota Belud is held by Abdul Rahman Dahlan, the federal Minister for Housing and Local Government. Malajad, one of the 7 PKR candidates voted into the Sabah state assembly, had won the seat with a wafer-thin majority of 889 votes.

Jelani won his Matunggong seat with an even smaller majority of 320 votes. The constituency is part of the Kota Marudu parliamentary constituency.

“All the stories you heard about us being unhappy over the absence of the KDM at the top are true. We even raised this with Datuk Seri Anwar and Lajim, but they treated it as a small matter,” Jelani said, referring to Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.

“It’s confirmed that Jeremy is out, and I will officially announce my decision to quit this weekend either in Kota Kinabalu or in my constituency of Matunggong... my resignation is expected, but I will be springing a surprise during my announcement."

Apart from PKR, DAP has been affected by several defections. One of the first was also from Sabah, with Luyang rep Hiew King Chew quitting the party last month.


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