Badrul Hisham Abdullah

Badrul Hisham Abdullah

Port Klang assemblyman Badrul Hisham Abdullah Thursday declared that he is quitting Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) with immediate effect.

In a news conference to announce his decision, Badrul Hisham, 49, said he would remain an independent assemblyman and would support the Barisan Nasional (BN).

He said he made the decision as he had lost his confidence in the party’s leadership.

“I made this decision on my own free will without any force or threat or benefit to myself.

“In fact this decision is based on my moral and religious principles as a Muslim,” he told the news conference which was also attended by his wife, Ramiza Mazlan.

Earlier, Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said he could not care less if Badrul Hisham wanted to become an independent assemblyman or jump to any party.

“He is a people’s representative; he must serve the people… he can become an independent assemblyman or join Umno or MCA, for all I care,” Abdul Khalid, who is Selangor PKR chairman, told reporters after chairing the Selangor Economic Action Council’s meeting here Thursday.

Abdul Khalid had previously asked Badrul Hisham to quit as an assemblyman, saying he had failed to discharge his duties effectively.

Meanwhile, in a statement, Abdul Khalid’s political secretary Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said the menteri besar would ask Badrul Hisham to relinquish his post.

Asked on this, Badrul Hisham said he would not do so as he was elected by the people and not by the Selangor menteri besar.

Asked whether he would join any party, he said, he had not thought about it.

“I want to serve the people, especially those who voted for me as Port Klang assemblyman.

“I am confident that I can serve the people better as an independent assemblyman without any disturbance arising from Pakatan government’s political play-acting,” he said.

He also took to task the Selangor government, saying that his constituency was being sidelined in the distribution of fund.

He said that the move by the state government to set up a people’s service coordination centre in the Port Klang constituency and get other assemblyman to manage it was an act of ignoring the assemblyman for the area.

Asked on Abdul Khalid’s suggestion that he seek psychiatric treatment as he was once involved in an accident, Badrul Hisham said, “This is an insult to my person and to my family.”

Badrul Hisham also refuted Abdul Khalid’s statement that the did not provide an answer to a show-cause letter issued to him.

He said that copies of the reply letter, dated Aug 28, 2009 were received by the offices of the menteri besar and PKR secretary-general on Sept 2, 2009.