Copies of Zuraida’s supposed application forms to join Bersatu went viral on social media yesterday.
PKR vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin has quashed rumours that she would be joining Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).
The housing and local government minister’s political secretary Nor Hizwan Ahmad said in a statement that an alleged letter addressed to PPBM chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on her intention to join his party along with supposed application forms being circulated online are false.
In the letter allegedly written by her to Dr Mahathir, Zuraida blames problems with PKR president Anwar Ibrahim’s leadership as her reason for wanting to join Bersatu.
Zuraida said these are bad and amateur deeds done by those who are trying to take advantage of the already rough party’s current internal political situation.
“I also want to acknowledge that, the letter was written using the Housing and Local Government Ministry’s letterhead, is an irresponsible action as it links political matters to the ministry,” she added.
Hizwan also slammed the use of the ministry’s letterhead, calling its use to serve underhanded political purposes an abuse.
“This is fake news and the sinister work of amateurs who are out to cause trouble within PKR,” he said.
He added that Zuraida, as the party vice-president, was focused on carrying out her responsibilities for the party.
According to Malaysiakini, Bersatu and PKR officials have branded the form purportedly showing Zuraida’s application to join Bersatu’s Ampang division as false.
Khairulnoor Khairuddin, who leads that division, said it is untrue.
“I have checked with the headquarters and found it to be false. The signature is fake, and the form is without a copy of identity card….”
Zuraida had earlier said that she will respond to the show-cause letter within 14 days and hoped the disciplinary board would act fairly and not be influenced by any quarters, including party leaders.
However, she reportedly said that she stood by what she said during last month’s gathering in Renaissance Hotel, despite the show-cause letter issued to her by the party.