Hulu Selangor PKR division treasurer Datuk Dr Halili Rahmat, who was previously speculated to be picked as PKR’s candidate for the Hulu Selangor by-election, quit the party today and join Umno.
Dr Halili Rahmat’s resignation from the party comes as another big blow to PKR.
The announcement was made during a press conference at Petaling Jaya. Halili was accompanied by former PKR secretary-general Salehuddin Hashim.
This is the latest in a string of resignations from PKR. Since February, several MPs and state assemblypersons have left the party for a variety of reasons.
PKR Youth Shah Alam branch Chief Nor’isham Manap and his deputy Muhamad Ali Mukhtar quit the party on Sunday citing a loss of confidence in the party following Zaid’s selection.
Dr Halili contested in the 1999 and 2004 General Election. In 1999 he contested for the Hulu Selangor Parliamentary but lost to MIC’s Datuk G. Palanivel. In 2004, he contested for Batang Kali state seat but lost to UMNO’s Datuk Zainal Abidin Sakom.
Dr Halili is the first Malay neurosurgeon in the country. He was also the former personal doctor of Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Halili's resignation is expected to deal a blow to PKR's Hulu Selangor by-election campaign because he was among those considered as a candidate.
At one point, Halili was the personal physician to PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.