Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ambik kat Hang Zahrain!! (English Edition)

Do not accept such a person; if he can attack he can also attack our leader,” said Ghapur, who was appointed deputy minister by then-Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi after Election 2008, but declined the position.

By Adib Zalkapli

KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 — Kalabakan MP Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh (picture) denied today that he had planned to defect to Pakatan Rakyat (PR) to help Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim form the federal government on Sept 16, 2008.

He also asked Bayan Baru MP Datuk Seri Zahrain Hashim to retract the allegation he made last Wednesday.

“I want Bayan Baru to retract and apologise to me; I don’t know what was his deal with the opposition, but why drag me along?” said Ghapur when debating the royal address in the Dewan Rakyat.

“I am not somebody who jumps party; ever since I am in BN I have never jumped; I am not one of those asked to defect; I was not one of those who were sent to Taiwan,” he said, referring to the study trip by Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs to Taiwan which was planned to coincide with the takeover date.

Maybe they do not defect because the offer was not enough. But for Bayan Baru it must be huge,” said Ghapur.

He challenged Zahrain to name all the 30 potential defectors, as Anwar had said he had enough MPs to form the government.

“In 1985 I was Berjaya candidate, PBS wanted to buy me. If I wanted to, I would leave because of disagreement with the leadership not because of money,” said Ghapur.

Ghapur also repeated PR’s allegation against Zahrain that he was unhappy with the administration of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng because he was denied government contracts.

He forgot that when he was in Penang he asked for something and he did not get it so he called somebody a communist,” said Ghapur.

The Kalabakan Umno chief urged his party not to accept Zahrain as a member.

Do not accept such a person; if he can attack he can also attack our leader,” said Ghapur, who was appointed deputy minister by then-Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi after Election 2008, but declined the position.

Zahrain had also named Dr Puad Zarkashi (Batu Pahat MP), Datuk Anifah Aman (Kimanis), Datuk Eric Majimbun (Sepanggar), Tengku Datuk Seri Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar (Jerantut), Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (Gua Musang), Datuk Chua Soon Bui (Tawau) and Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin (Kinabatangan) as those who were ready to defect.

Zahrain, who left the party last month to turn independent, also alleged that Anwar had said that he had the support of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the armed forces chief to form the new government.


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