By Chew Lip Song
THE ruling Perikatan Nasional federal government is said to be engineering defections from opposition MPs, supposedly including one from East Malaysia following greenlight for the Dewan Rakyat to convene.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said the move was to weaken the opposition, including lawmakers from his own party.
“This is done through threats, coercion and enticements such as using issues like income tax, police and MACC probes and offering projects and positions in government-linked companies (GLCs).
“This is happening as the government has lost majority support in Parliament and with reports that the legislature can convene even during the Emergency,” Saifuddin said in a statement today.
He added that PKR condemned the desperate moves to lure PKR MPs to leave the party whether to join the government or as independent lawmakers.
“PKR MPs should hold fast to the struggles and the reformasi spirit and be mindful that the voters will judge is during the 15th general election,” he added.
News portal FMT had earlier reported that two PKR MPs, including one from East Malaysia, were in talks to cross over.
Earlier this week, the King had said that Parliament could convene despite the country being under Emergency. Prior to the Emergency proclamation, PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was said to have lost majority support in the Dewan Rakyat after several Umno MPs withdrew their backing for him.