Saifuddin upset with Zuraida over claims he received millions from PAS, says source

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail has apparently issued a letter of demand to the party’s vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin.

GEORGE TOWN: Allegations that he had received “millions of ringgit” from PAS and a Kelantan trust fund for the poor forced PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail to issue a legal notice to the party’s vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin, a source claimed.

A well-placed source told FMT that Saifuddin was upset with Zuraida for slandering him by saying that he received the money when he was working as the manager of Tabung Amanah Tok Kenali in Kelantan, a foundation that helped the poor in the state.

These remarks were purportedly made during Zuraida’s speech at a PKR gathering in the Renaissance Hotel on Dec 8 last year.

“Zuraida accused Saifuddin of receiving millions from PAS and at the same time, also from the Tabung Tok Kenali,” the source said.

Saifuddin was the manager of the fund from 2004 to 2007.

Earlier today, Saifuddin told reporters in Putrajaya that his lawyers had sent a letter of demand to Zuraida over defamatory remarks made against him. He did not offer further details of the letter.

Later, Zuraida told FMT that she had not received the letter of demand from Saifuddin.

Zuraida also faces a disciplinary inquiry over remarks she made against fellow PKR leaders. A show-cause letter was issued to her on Jan 18. She has two weeks to respond and has reiterated that she would only answer to the disciplinary committee.

FMT has contacted Zuraida and Saifuddin for their comments and is awaiting their replies.