KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 15, 2015:
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)’s Loretto Padua Jr is only one of the many members from Barisan Nasional’s component parties that are expected to join PKR.
In revealing this, the PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli however refused divulge how many more from the ruling coalition, including Members of Parliament were planning to jump ship
“It is better to keep people in suspense than to reveal everything at one go,” he said at a press conference, adding there could be some senior BN representatives crossing over to PKR.
In welcoming Loretto, who was previously LDP’s secretary-general, Rafizi claimed PKR was already making in-roads into BN’s fixed deposit states.
With the in-fighting in Umno, he said, PKR hoped people would see the latter as a better option.
The Pandan lawmaker pointed out that there were nine marginal seats in Johor and eight in Sabah which PKR hoped to win in the next general election.
“There is now a big divide between Umno in Sabah. All the senior positions at Federal level are held by leaders from the west coast, the east coast had been ignored.
“PKR has the unique opportunity today of being able to make in-roads because there are many Sabahans who are unhappy with what is happening.”
Rafizi, who is also PKR’s vice-president, said the Opposition could have easily won the Keningau, Kota Marudu, Pensiangan and Ranau parliamentary seats had it not been for the three or more cornered fights.
He pointed out that the total votes for the Opposition parties garnered in those constituencies exceeded the votes BN received.
On the no-confidence vote in the next parliamentary seating, Rafizi said he was not sure if it would succeed.
” We need at least 10 to 15 Umno MPs to support the notion and that is unlikely to happen.
“People should not place all their hopes on this motion, instead everyone should work together so that we can defeat BN in the next General Election.”
He said PKR was working towards winning the next General Election but the same time it’s also pushing for the no-confidence vote.
Rafizi added that he would be introducing a private members bill in the next sitting to ensure that the Prime Minister would not be allowed to hold the Finance Minister’s post.
He said he already written to the Speaker and this fulfilled the 14 day requirement.