KUALA LUMPUR: Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin has dismissed the RM10 million compensation demand by PKR, saying she did not defect but was expelled from the party.
Zuraida, who is also the housing and local government minister, was among 20 elected representatives who quit the party.
She said PKR has no cause to claim compensation.
“I’m not bothered about it because I didn’t defect. I was fired in the first place, and I think for the rest of my friends, there is a clause that can cover us, so I am not worried.
“So bring it on, Datuk Seri Anwar (Ibrahim). If you need money, you can bring it on. But I don’t think he will get the money,” she told reporters after visiting the site for a proposed mini-futsal court in Taman Bukit Mulia, Bukit Antarabangsa here today.
Yesterday, PKR treasurer-general Lee Chean Chung said the party would be issuing letters of demand to claim RM10 million from Zuraida and from each of the 19 MPs and assemblymen, including Gombak MP and former PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali, who quit the party.
He claimed that this was the amount they had agreed to pay the party if they defected and appropriated their seat for personal benefit and used it against the interests of the party.
The other MPs are Saifuddin Abdullah (Indera Mahkota), Kamaruddin Jaffar (Bandar Tun Razak), Mansor Othman (Nibong Tebal), Rashid Hasnon (Batu Pahat), Santhara Kumar (Segamat), Ali Biju (Saratok), Jonathan Yasin (Ranau) and Baru Bian (Selangau).
The assemblymen are Dr Chong Fat Full (Pemanis), Muhammad Jailani Khamis (Rembia), Abdul Yunus Jamahri (Kuala Krau), Muhammad Hilman Idham (Gombak Setia), Azman Nasrudin (Lunas), Dr Robert Ling Kui Ee (Sidam), Haniza Mohamed Talha (Lembah Jaya), Daroyah Alwi (Sementa) and Zulkifli Ibrahim (Sungai Aceh).