Thursday, August 28, 2008

Several Barisan reps may join Pakatan, says Kedah MB

ALOR STAR: Pakatan Rakyat’s “Permatang Pauh to Putrajaya” campaign slogan for the Permatang Pauh by-election has triggered a possible crossover in Kedah, said Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak.

He said several Barisan Nasional assemblymen had “hinted” through SMSes that they may be interested in joining Pakatan Rakyat.

“From the way the messages were written, I can read what is on their minds,” he said, adding that some of the messages were sent directly by the assemblymen and others via third parties.

Azizan acknowledged that he was aware of Barisan's attempts to “snatch” some of the Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen.

For Barisan to regain control of the state, at least five assemblymen need to cross over. Currently, Barisan holds 14 of the 36 state seats.

Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's victory in the by-election showed that people wanted change irrespective of race, colour or religion.

“We are moving on a new mindset where the people want a competent, accountable and transparent administration,” he said.

PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat predicted the end of Umno and the rise of Islam based on the result of the by-election.

“It is the end of Umno’s era of using nationalism as its struggle and development as a means to cheat people,” he said.

Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin said the alleged graft cases involving two Perak executive council (exco) members had worked against Barisan.

“It was a backlash for the Barisan. And so was the swearing done by Saiful (Bukhari Azlan).

“In the end, they all helped to propagate a wind of change that blew in the direction of (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim, especially in terms of the Malay support,” he told reporters after making a courtesy call on Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin.


http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/8/28/nation/22186278&sec=nation

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