Sacked PKR leader Zakaria files appeal

Former PKR Central Leadership Council member Zakaria Abdul Hamid submitted his letter of appeal to the PKR headquarters this afternoon.

PETALING JAYA: A former PKR leader, who was recently sacked over graft allegations, today appealed to the party to rescind his dismissal.

Zakaria Abdul Hamid, who handed the letter of appeal to the PKR headquarters here this afternoon, expressed hope the party will give him a chance to defend himself.

“I hope the appeals board will call me to give a statement, unlike the disciplinary board which ignored the basic process of hearing out the accused,” he told FMT.

Zakaria, a PKR Central Leadership Council member, was given the boot along with ordinary member Ismail Dulhadi last month.

Zakaria is alleged to have been involved in a RM20,000 public works contract for PKR leaders in the Bera area in Pahang, while the allegation against Ismail involved “marked-up prices” for a project in 2018.

Zakaria said he was upset with PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution for exposing his case to the media and bringing it up at the party’s recently-concluded congress in Melaka even before he could appeal against the expulsion.

He had previously accused party president Anwar Ibrahim and Saifuddin of malice by giving the impression that he was involved in corruption.

This came after MACC deputy chief commissioner Azam Baki had said the deputy public prosecutor had informed him that the Bera PKR division chief would not be prosecuted in court.

PKR had said it sacked Zakaria and Ismail based on advice given by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission after it had investigated allegations of corruption against them.