KUALA LUMPUR: Two opposition members of Parliament today claimed they were offered projects in their respective parliamentary constituencies in return for their support for the unity government under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's leadership.
Besut MP Datuk Che Mohamad Zulkifly Jusoh claimed he received an email from one Datuk Rizal Adham who offered the former to develop a 40-room hotel with a swimming pool as well as a grocery store in his parliamentary constituency.
Kubang Pasu MP, Datuk Dr Ku Abd Rahman Ku Ismail, meanwhile, claimed that he received a message via the WhatsApp messaging application from an individual offering him to a hotel development project.
"They have studied our background. They planned to open a boutique hotel behind the golf course or a park and I immediately blocked them," Ku Abd Rahman told reporters at the Perikatan Nasional headquarters here today.
He, however, did not disclose the identity of the individual.
Both of them made these statements following the disclosure made by Tasek Gelugor MP and Parti Bersatu Pribumi Malaysia (Bersatu) supreme council member Datuk Wan Saiful Wan Jan, who claimed that PN leaders were approached and offered "attractive" offers such as positions in government-linked companies (GLCs) as incentives to leave their respective parties.
PN secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin said that such a modus operandi was carried out to persuade and gather support for the prime minister.
Asked if PN has filed a police report regarding such "threats" to join the unity government, Hamzah said the opposition is currently gathering more information.
"I want to inform you about the modus operandi that has been carried out, not just by two individuals initially. At first, they said they wanted to meet us.
"However, when we met them, they did not discuss about the hotel (development projects). Instead, they told us to support Anwar since the people is struggling," Hamzah said.