Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi, the former Behrang assemblyman who caused the collapse of the Pakatan Rakyat Perak state government in 2009 has had his membership rejected by Pribumi.
Former Behrang assemblyman Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi will not be joining Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).
Relaying a message from Perak Mentri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu, state PKR information chief Siti Aishah Shaik Ismail said Jamaluddin’s application form to join Pribumi was rejected.
In 2009, Jamaluddin, who was then PKR’s Behrang assemblyman, aligned himself with Barisan Nasional, which led to the collapse of the then Pakatan Rakyat state government.
He was joined by two other defectors, namely former Changkat Jering assemblyman Osman Jailu and Jelapang assemblyman Datuk Hee Yit Foong.
Siti Aishah, who is also a senator, said Ahmad Faizal decided not to accept Jamaluddin following a discussion with Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders.
“We are all aware of his betrayal to the people during the 2009 state constitutional crisis,” he said.
“The decision was made based on the principle that anyone’s entry into Pakatan Harapan, especially in Perak, must be strictly considered to ensure that similar episodes do not recur,” he added.
Jamaluddin was also present during the submission of application forms to join Pribumi by Sungai Manik assemblyman Datuk Zainol Fadzi Paharudin on Monday.
Apparently, Jamaluddin was not invited to the event and Ahmad Faizal was not aware of his attendance.
Earlier, Ipoh Timur MP Wong Kah Woh said Ahmad Faizal should not accept Jamaluddin into Pribumi.
“I felt slighted when Ahmad Faizal received the form on Monday,” the national DAP Youth chief said in a post on his Facebook page Monday (May 14) night.
“We should remind ourselves that Pakatan is not a ‘rubbish bin’ that accepts and save those who are not principled, who disrespects and ever [sic] sell the trust of the people for his own interests and purposes,” he said.
Wong said the people of Perak have high hopes of the newly-formed government.
“This hope is also a trust. Ahmad Faizal must understand the will and the feeling of the people in regards to what occurred in 2009,” he said.
In an immediate response, Jamaluddin said he accepted PPBM’s decision to reject his application.
“I accept whatever decisions. That is his (Ahmad Faizal’s) right and I don’t feel like I’ve lost or benefited from this.
“I am already 62 years old and there are (no positions) I want to chase (in politics). I merely want a political platform on which to speak,” he was quoted saying.
Meanwhile, Siti Aishah said any other assemblymen who wanted to join PH were welcome to do so, but would not be considered for administrative positions in Perak.
“There will be no political appointments for anyone besides the two who originally came,” said Siti Aishah, referring to Zainol and Tualang Sekah assemblyman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi.
“I have been informed that we will consider only one spot for these individuals, and this will be discussed by the Perak PH leadership council within the next two days.”
So far, only Zainol has submitted an application to join PPBM, while Nolee said she does not plan to join the PH pact.