Monday, January 26, 2009

UMNO Nasarudin crossed over to PKR

Most of the politicians come together in politics for the self-interested reason. Self-interest is a behavior that is benefiting the self at the risk of a disadvantage to someone else.

Perak Bota state assemblyman Datuk Nasarudin Hashim has quit Umno to join PKR can be seen as a
defection for political self-interested.

Datuk Nasarudin Hashim

Datuk Nasarudin Hashim, 58, Anwar’s campus mate in University Malaya is the former Felcra Berhad chairman, who has been in Umno for more than 25 years, said his defection would allow him to better serve his constituency, since Pakatan Rakyat is the Perak state government.

He said his decision was based on the people’s growing support for Pakatan, and the current situation within Umno and with its leaders. He is confident in PKR’s commitment to protecting the rights and interests of all races. Saying by doing this is in the interest of the people, especially his supporters and voters.

It was reported that his decision was not entirely a surprise as there has been speculation since last month that he would jump ship if he lost the Umno division elections.

The former Parit MP lost 19 votes in his bid to unseat the Umno Parit division chief Datuk Mohamed Zaim Abu Hasan, who is also Belanja state assemblyman within the Parit parliamentary constituency. He had earlier lost the Felcra chairmanship when he was moved to the Bota state seat in the 2008 general elections.

Nasarudin was an administrative and diplomatic officer in Wisma Putra, and also served at the Information Ministry. He joined Umno in the 1970s and had held the post of branch head since 1985.

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