PKR’s Arumugam to give up his Kedah exco seat

ALOR SETAR: PKR executive councillor V. Arumugam wants to give up his position in the PAS-led Kedah government but pledged to maintain his party membership.

Arumugan, an independent candidate, who won the Bukit Selambau state seat and subsequently joined PKR after the general election, was said to have told PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in a discreet meeting in Ipoh on Sunday.

PKR state training bureau chairman Zambri Yusuf said Arumugam has made known his intention to Anwar at the meeting.

Arumugam has decided to quit his position as an exco due to the mounting pressure on him and his family to defect to Barisan Nasional.

To date, Arumugam has yet to tender his resignation to the Kedah assembly speaker.

Speculation has been rife for weeks that Arumugam intended relinquish his post due to the mounting pressure to stay in Pakatan Rakyat or defect to Barisan as an assemblyman.

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Sumber-sumber PKR memaklumkan kepada Malaysiakini bahawa Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) PKR di Kedah, V Arumugam telah mengemukakan surat peletakan jawatan, dan memberi laluan untuk pilihanraya kecil diadakan bagi kerusi Bukit selambau.

Difahamkan Arumugam tunduk ekoran dakwaan tekanan hebat terhadapnya dan keluarganya supaya melompat menyertai Barisan Nasional (BN).

Arumugam, 54, tidak dapat dihubungi untuk mengesahkan perkara itu, tetapi sumber-sumber tertinggi PKR berkata, parti itu akan membuat kenyataan mengenainya hari ini.

Difahamkan juga Arumugam telah mengemukakan surat peletakan jawatan kepada Speaker Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Kedah semalam dan kini berada di luar negeri.

Peletakan jawatan Arumugam, jika disahkan hari ini, akan mengesahkan spekulasi sepanjang bulan ini bahawa beliau mahu atau dipaksa menyertai BN.

Awal bulan ini, Arumugam telah membuat laporan polis mendakwa, antara lain, terdapat percubaan untuk menculiknya.

Arumugam juga mendakwa beliau dan pegawainya telah menerima banyak ugutan.

Semua ini dilakukan untuk memaksa saya meninggalkan PKR dan menyertai BN,” dakwanya dalam laporan polisnya itu.

Katanya, selain ugutan, beliau juga ditawarkan dengan tawaran lumayan untuk memujuknya meninggalkan PKR.

Minggu lalu, desas-desus timbul semula mengenai Arumugam akan meninggalkan PKR, apabila beliau tidak dapat dihubungi. Rakan-rakannya dalam PKR berkata Arumugam sedang bercuti.

Kedah turut tumbang kepada pembangkang dalam pilihanraya umum lalu.

Pakatan Rakyat memerintah selepas memenangi 22 daripada 36 kerusi di DUN negeri. BN pula mempunyai 14 kerusi.

Daripada 22 kerusi tersebut, 16 dimenangi PAS, PKR (5) dan DAP (1).

Arumugam yang bertanding sebagai calon bebas, kemudiannya menyertai PKR dan dilantik sbagai ahli exco kerajaan negeri.

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http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.as … sec=nation

ALOR STAR: Many people, including the Kedah Sultan, are looking for former Bukit Selambau assemblyman V. Arumugam who has gone missing since Feb 4.

The Kedah Sultans confidential secretary Datuk Wira Syed Unan Mashri Syed Abdullah said the Sultan had asked his office to summon Arumugam to the palace following speculation that the elected representative wanted to quit both the State Exco post and Bukit Selambau state seat.

We were unable to contact him. However, we received Arumugams letter stating his intention to quit, he said.

It is learnt that the Sultan wanted to hear from Arumugam if he had been coerced into making the decision to vacate the state seat.

Arumugam is believed to have flown to Chennai, India, on Monday night after purportedly signing the letter of resignation and a statutory declaration to vacate both the executive council and state assembly posts.

A middleman sent the letter and statutory declaration to Speaker Datuk Dr Abdul Isa Ismail at 5pm on Monday.

In the statutory declaration, Arumugam, who joined PKR after winning the seat in the March 8 general election, purportedly stated that he was quitting the posts because he was being harassed by Barisan Nasional members who wanted him to leave Pakatan Rakyat.

Arumugams disappearance has fuelled speculation that he was forced to vacate his Bukit Selambau state seat.

Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak was also unable to contact Arumugam.

However, Kedah Pakatan Rakyat chief Ahmad Kasim said Arumugam was on vacation overseas after his alleged scandal became public knowledge.

He (Arumugam) is feeling stressed, he said yesterday. Former Merbok PKR strategy director Zamil Ibrahim alleged that PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was hiding Arumugam. Zamil, who introduced Arumugam to the political arena, resigned from PKR in August last year.