Anwar claims more BN reps to defect
Tue, Jan 27, 2009
The Star, Asia News Network

KLANG, MALAYSIA: Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim claims his plans are still on track and more Barisan Nasional elected representatives would cross over to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).

Saying it would occur on a "bi-weekly basis from next month" onwards, the PKR adviser said people have made up their minds and "it's only a matter of time."

Anwar told a crowd at the a Chinese New Year celebration held at the Hokkien Association Hall here that "change was imminent and we will surprise you from time to time."

"Now the ox has come in, just be patient ... we are working hard just like the ox," he said at the event that was organised by Selangor information chief Datin Paduka Dr Tan Yee Kew, in reference to it being the Lunar Year of the Ox.

After the Opposition's strong showing in the general election last march, Anwar had promised that he had more than 30 Barisan MPs ready to cross over to the Pakatan Rakyat alliance by Sept 16.

None did and since failing to meet his own deadline, the former deputy prime minister's voice had been relatively muted on the crossover issue until the defection of Bota assemblyman Datuk Nasaruddin Hashim on Sunday, who quit Umno to join PKR.

In IPOH, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin claimed that three more assemblymen could be crossing over from Umno.

He said talks were in progress between Pakatan and the three, who had approached the alliance following Nasarudin's defection on Sunday.

"They came forward to meet us without us inviting them," Nizar said after attending the Perak DAP Chinese New Year open house here Monday.

He however declined to reveal the identities of the three or which parties they had approached, alleging that they could be threatened.

Asked what the chances were of the three actually joining Pakatan, Nizar said there was a 50-50 chance. --THE STAR

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