PERIKATAN Nasional secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin claimed Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail had paid him a visit to ask him to invalidate the PKR party elections in May last year.
Hamzah, who is also a former home minister said that Saifuddin had appealed to him to nullify the result of the 2022 PKR elections after losing to Rafizi Ramli in the contest for the PKR deputy presidency.
“Back then, when I was the home minister, PKR fought among themselves. It was Rafizi versus Saifuddin and Rafizi came out the winner as the deputy president.
“Not even one week later, Saifuddin, don’t forget, after you lost, you came to meet me, you brought a letter saying ‘please cancel the PKR election results’.
“The letter is with me. Don’t play with me,” the Larut MP said at the Himpunan Munajat Perdana event in Sik last night (July 20).
PKR’s party polls took place in May last year while Hamzah was still the home minister in the Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s Barisan Nasional (BN) administration where Rafizi Ramli defeated Saifuddin with a sizeable majority of 16,668 votes for the number two post.
Meanwhile in a separate development, Hamzah, the opposition leader, condemned the arrest of caretaker Kedah menteri besar Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor at 3 in the morning as “uncivilised” which goes against the Malaysia Madani concept.
“What kind of civilised person makes an arrest at 3am? At the very least, you ought to inform Sanusi that you would like to meet for a moment.
“I was home minister before, and I did my job well. Don’t mess around, this is what I want to say because my brother (Sanusi) was arrested at 3am. The fight must go on, and the fight must be fair and square.”
I want to say this because my brother (Sanusi) was arrested at 3 in the morning, the fight must go on.”
Hamzah, who is also the Bersatu secretary-general, further emphasised that PN’s policy will continue to safeguard and defend the royal institution.
“Sanusi had no issues with the royal institutions, only with Saifuddin, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Rafizi Ramli,” Hamzah stated.
On Tuesday (July 18), Sanusi was detained by a team of more than 20 police officers at his hotel at 3am in the morning.
He was later charged with two counts of sedition against Selangor ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah at the Sessions Court in Selayang to which he pleaded not guilty to making a statement alleged to be seditious.
Both charges are framed under Section 4(1) (a) of the Sedition Act 1948 and punishable under Section 4(1) of the same law, which provides a maximum fine of up to RM5,000 or imprisonment for up to three years or both if convicted. – July 21, 2023
Main pic credit: Facebook/Hamzah Zainudin