BATU PAHAT — March 12, 2020: Batu Pahat MP Datuk Rashid Hasnon has quit PKR and will be an independent supporting Perikatan Nasional, maintaining that the decision is in the interest of his constituents.
He said his role as an elected representative is important to ensure development will continue, especially for Batu Pahat, and with that decided to be with the ruling government.
Rashid, who is also the Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker, said his decision to support Perikatan was made impartially and without prejudice.
“As the deputy speaker, I am part of the legislative power and not executive.
“My thoughts are more mature and I have been trained to exercise objectively as we have to abide by standing orders,” he said.
But Rashid also insisted that the change of government does not in any way change the people’s aspiration.
“I am responsible for the people’s interest and not party. I will now work together for the benefit of the people.”
He pointed out that the people should judge him by his performance as MP and when he was the Penang deputy chief minister I.
Earlier today, PKR chief organising secretary Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad issued a list which showed that PKR members had either been sacked from the party or had quit following the recent political crisis. Rashid’s name is at No.6 in the list.