DPM Najib Abdul Razak doesn't think there'll be anymore BN reps switching camps.
These are all rumours, he said.
It's still a shock to the BN, Najib remarked.
KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has dismissed talks that there will be other Barisan Nasional (BN) representatives defecting to Pakatan Rakyat.
Earlier Najib and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor joined thousands of people at the Chinese New Year open house organised by the MCA at Wisma MCA here.
Describing Nasaruddin’s action as unexpected, Najib said, he hoped that Nasaruddin could think carefully his decision to join Parti Keadilan Rakyat, a Pakatan Rakyat component member.
The Umno deputy president said he was made to understand that Nasaruddin’s action was due to several factors. He did not elaborate.
“We heard about this two days ago but it is still a shock,” he said.
Najib said Umno and BN elected representatives should understand that the party had done a lot of good deeds to the people and the country.
“It is not right to abandon the party because of personal problems or dissatisfactions at a time when the party needs our support,” he said.
Najib, who is BN deputy chairman, said he would meet Perak BN chairman Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali today to discuss the issue.
With Nasaruddin’s defection, the Perak Pakatan Rakyat government now has 32 seats compared to BN’s 27.
In a statement posted on PKR advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s website, Nasaruddin said, he made the decision after considering the interests of his constituents.
In the March 8 general election, Nasaruddin, who polled 6,556 votes, defeated PKR candidate Capt (Rtd) Usaili Alias with a 2,068-vote majority.