Former PKR leader and Indera Mahkota MP Saifuddin Abdullah has yet to receive a RM10 million letter of demand from the party.
He said that for now he took the approach of waiting until the letter arrived before deciding
on the next action.
“Later when we arrive, my lawyer will look and of course we will discuss how to deal with this issue,” he was quoted as saying.
Saifuddin, who is also communications and multimedia minister, commented on media reports last Wednesday quoting PKR Treasurer-General Lee Chean Chung’s statement that the party would issue a letter of demand to 19 PKR MPs and Assemblymen who left the party to pay RM10 million in compensation to the party.
Lee was also reported to have said that those listed must pay it within 7 days and if it fails, the party will instruct lawyers to proceed with the appropriate proceedings to obtain the compensation.
Commenting on other developments, Saifuddin expressed regret over the action of the Pahang Assemblyman from DAP who started the court proceedings regarding the Pahang government’s decision to make it mandatory to use Jawi writing on signboards and advertisements.
He is of the view that although every individual has the right to go to court, the action to start the proceedings is out of place.
“They must understand the position of Jawi writing in the country and secondly, they must also understand why Jawi writing wants to be revived… that is to popularize its use in public places,” he said.
Recently, it was reported that Tras Assemblyman Chow Yu Hui through his lawyers M Manogaran, Jonathan and Chong Kar Yan filed an application challenging the Pahang government’s decision to mandate the use of Jawi writing.
The application was filed in the Kuantan High Court on Wednesday naming the Raub District Council as the first respondent while the Pahang government was named as the second respondent.
The Pahang government mandates the use of Jawi writing starting Jan 1, in line with the order of the Sultan of Pahang on 13 Nov 2018 who wants the writing to be strengthened and re-cultured.
Meanwhile, former PKR vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin said she is not worried about facing a letter of demand from the party demanding RM10 million from her and 18 other PKR elected representatives who left the party.
Zuraida, who is also the Minister of Housing and Local Government, said in his case, he was fired instead of leaving the party.
“I think, for other friends, there is a clause (in the party constitution) that can protect us, so I do not worry.
“Therefore, continue with the move Datuk Seri Anwar (Ibrahim), if you need money just continue to send the letter of demand, but I do not think you will get the money,” he said today.
Asked about the seven days given to all elected representatives to explain the payment, Zuraida said:
“He wants to ask tomorrow we do not care.”
Yesterday, PKR Treasurer-General Lee Chean Chung was reported to have said that the party would issue a letter of demand to all 19 PKR MPs and State Assemblymen who had left the party, demanding that each of them pay RM10 million to the party.
They include Zuraida and former PKR Deputy President Mohamed Azmin Ali who is also the Member of Parliament for Gombak.
Lee claimed that the RM10 million was the amount agreed to be paid by the group if they defected and used the seats represented for personal gain as well as against the party’s interests.
Other MPs involved are Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (Indera Mahkota), Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar (Bandar Tun Razak), Datuk Mansor Othman (Nibong Tebal), Datuk Rashid Hasnon (Batu Pahat), Datuk Seri Dr Santhara Kumar (Segamat), Ali Biju (Saratok), Jonathan Yasin (Ranau) and Baru Bian (Selangau).
The assemblymen are Dr Chong Fat Full (Sweetener), Datuk Muhammad Jailani Khamis (Rembia), Datuk Abdul Yunus Jamahri (Kuala Krau), Muhammad Hilman Idham (Gombak Setia), Azman Nasrudin (Lunas), Dr Robert Ling Kui Ee ( Sidam), Haniza Mohamed Talha (Lembah Jaya), Daroyah Alwi (Sementa) and Zulkifli Ibrahim (Sungai Aceh).
3rd August 2020 12:41
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