Putatan MP claims he was asked 5 times to defect

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PKR’S Awang Husaini Sahari said intermediaries approached him at least five times to persuade him to leave PKR for Perikatan Nasional (PN).

The Putatan MP told The Malaysian Insight the calls started after the “Sheraton Move” in February last year, which resulted in PN snatching power from Pakatan Harapan.

“Unknown agents approached me. I didn’t know who they were. They just approached me and told me they wanted to meet me.

“When I asked them what it was all about, they said they wanted to invite me to join PN for some rewards,” the PKR lawmaker said.

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“They just called, and they said they wanted to meet me, but I didn’t want to meet them because I know the intention was to ask me to cross over to PN. So, I refused to meet them.

“They tried again, and I kept saying that I was not interested, and after that they stopped calling,” he said.

On the “rewards” that they dangled before him, Awang said the agents did not specify what they were.

“They didn’t offer anything specific because they didn’t want to talk over the phone.”

Yesterday, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim revealed that four of the party’s lawmakers were approached to switch allegiance to PN.

He said the MPs were offered money to jump ship and then they turned it down, intimidation tactics were employed.

The four PKR MPs were Awang, M Karupaiya (Padang Serai), S Kesavan (Sg Siput), and Michael Teo Yu Leong (Miri).

Another PKR member, Sekijang MP Natrah Ismail had previously said she was offered inducements to jump ship.

Three other PKR lawmakers have left the party in recent weeks to back Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and the PN coalition.

They were Julau MP Larry Sng, Tebrau MP Steven Choong and Kuala Langat MP Xavier Jayakumar. – TMI