“Bersatu lawmaker who voiced support for PM will learn his fate tonight,” says Wan Saiful

THE Bersatu MP who declared support for the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will know his fate tonight, said a party leader.

According to Bersatu Supreme Council member Datuk Wan Saiful Wan Jan, the action that will be taken against Kuala Kangsar MP Datuk Iskandar Dzulkarnain Abdul Khalid will be finalised at the party’s Supreme Council meeting which will take place tonight (Oct 26) at 8pm in Kuala Lumpur.

“The discussion will focus on the decision of the recent Bersatu Political Bureau meeting, besides also considering the opinion of the party’s Supreme Council leadership,” the Tasek Gelugor MP told reporters when met at the Parliament lobby today (Oct 26).

“Tonight, we will finalise the form of action to be imposed on him (Iskandar Dzulkarnain) according to the situation and any decision regarding his announcement.

“The meeting will reflect the party’s reaction to Iskandar Dzulkarnain’s announcement (that he will throw his support behind the Anwar’s administration).”

On Wednesday (Oct 18), Bersatu secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin initially said Bersatu would hold a meeting soon to discuss the matter and then decide on further action against Iskandar Dzulkarnain.

“In a day or two (we will hold a meeting); after that, we will make (a decision),” he told reporters when met in Parliament lobby last Wednesday (Oct 18).

On Monday (Oct 16) last week, Utusan Malaysia reported Bersatu information chief Datuk Razali Idris as saying that Iskandar Dzulkarnain might not be sacked from Bersatu.

Instead, he will only face the axe if he sits in the government bloc in Parliament, he added.

On Oct 12, Iskandar Dzulkarnain declared his support for Anwar, saying the move was to ease the burden faced by his constituents over the rising cost of living.

The Bersatu lawmaker said his decision was to see if Anwar would uphold his pledge regarding allocations for lawmakers.

He also said he could no longer stand to see his constituency left behind just because of political differences, but stressed he remained loyal to his party.

In response, Hamzah had released a statement the following day (Oct 13) alleging that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had threatened Iskandar Dzulkarnain with corruption charges if he did not declare his support for the government.

Hamzah also claimed that, in a recent meeting with PN chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Iskandar Dzulkarnain had appeared “visibly distressed” due to the intimidation being placed on him.

MACC chief Tan Sri Azam Baki had since denied the allegation and described it as an attempt to tarnish the reputation of the agency.

Meanwhile, Wan Saiful refused to comment further when asked if Iskandar Dzulkarnain will be fired from Bersatu.

“Let’s see what the outcome will be tonight. I don’t want to make any statement ahead of tonight’s Bersatu Supreme Council meeting,” he added. – Oct 26, 2023

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