PKR’s Wilayah treasurer set to rejoin Umno

By G. Manimaran

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 8 — PKR’s Federal Territories state treasurer Norasidi Salim has quit his post, and is understood to be rejoining Umno, the party he left in 2008.

His resignation is the latest blow to PKR, with speculation rife that a number of its MPs preparing to defect as well, while its de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is on trial for sodomy.

State PKR Secretary Azman Abidin told The Malaysian Insider that he had received Norasidi’s resignation letter today.

“In the letter he only said he wanted to quit as Treasurer but did not say he was quitting the party,” he said.

However Azman said he had been informed separately by Norasidi, who was formerly the deputy Umno chief in Bandar Tun Razak, that the latter intended to rejoin the Barisan Nasional (BN) party.

Norasidi had joined PKR after Election 2008 and was a member of the Putrajaya division, Azman said.

Azman said he had not been told by Norasidi of any problems the latter may have had with PKR.

“He joined PKR with hopes of helping us because of his background as an accountant but the party could not give him the opportunity for him.

“That is why he is returning to serve in Umno,” said Azman.

The Federal Territories PKR is led by party vice-president Azmin Ali.

Norasidi could not be reached for comment.

Tonight’s Federal Territories Umno meeting is expected to confirm and accept Norasidi’s application to rejoin the part

Azmin also confirmed he had been informed of Norasidi’s wish to rejoin Umno.

“I have long heard that he was going to leave PKR. He is no longer relevant so Umno can have him.

“He is an opportunist. When he received no benefits he decides to quit,” said Azmin.


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