“Given the uncertain political climate and the growing desperation of Prime Minister
“From my past dealings with him, Mohsin does not strike me as someone who would jump for just dollars and cents, but we all have private lives. It is not impossible that he may have been victimized by people like Salehuddin.”
Indeed, Salehuddin was at the press conference where Mohsin announced his decision to quit on Wednesday morning.
Speculation has been rife that he is the ringleader behind the defections and was hand-picked by Umno because of his in-depth knowledge of PKR members and their strengths and weaknesses.
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"It would not be unexpected but it would be most disappointing that a man like Salehuddin could sink so low for the sake of money," PKR strategic director Tian Chua told Harakahdaily.
“It would be a shame if he had indeed abused his six years as PKR secretary-general to dig into the private lives of members,” Nizar said.
Continuing the Mahathir legacy of corruption
Meanwhile, Mohsin told reporters said he was quitting PKR because of unhappiness over the
“In the name of Allah, I would like to announce my resignation from PKR,” Mohsin told reporters.
The Bagan Serai MP is the third federal lawmaker to leave PKR in the past four weeks, after Bayan Baru’s Zahrain Mohd Hashim and Nibong Tebal’s Tan Tee Beng.
There is red-hot speculation that Najib has established a RM50 million fund to finance the defections of 10 Pakatan MPs.
His aim is to muster the two-thirds majority needed to get Parliament to redraw constituencies. Not only will the gerrymandering exercise will give Umno-BN an unfair advantage over the Pakatan at the next general election, such a move would also allow his family to stay in political power.
"It is becoming clear that Najib is more of Mahathir's heir than his father's son. He is borrowing ideas and strategies from a long-past era," said Tian.
"The saddest thing is he is continuing the Mahathir legacy of corruption and abuse. It won't help him to stay in power because the world has changed, it will only destroy his family name and tarnish Umno."
Is it really about Allah
The Islamic-based PAS has also lambasted the unscrupulous methods, warning that it would not only tarnish Umno but also the Malay community.
Nizar also expressed surprise over Mohsin’s excuse for quitting over the Allah row, which came about after a High Court ruling that the word could be used by non-Muslims to describe God.
Umno has insisted that Allah was for
“If Mohsin truly follows the teachings of the Quran, then the first party he should reject is Umno because of its stand on Allah, which is against the Quran and motivated by racial politicking and not religious principles,” said Nizar, who is also the PAS MP for Bukit Gantang and assemblyman for Pasir Panjang.
"I would urge all Pakatan MPs and ADUNs not to be demoralized by what is happening. Don't go for the quick gain. It is not worth it. In Perak, PAS, DAP and PKR assemblymen were offered RM10 to 25 million ringgit to defect. As we know, some accepted but most didn't. Do you really want to go down in history as a turncoat, some who disappointed the country, someone who sold out for money?"