Bersatu suspends Kuala Kangsar MP

KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) has suspended Kuala Kangsar member of parliament Datuk Iskandar Dzulkarnain Abdul Khalid from the party for four years, beginning Friday (Nov 3).

The decision by Bersatu to suspend its Kuala Kangsar division chief came about a month after Iskandar Dzulkarnian announced his support for the unity government under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's leadership after considering the urgent needs of the people in the Kuala Kangsar parliamentary constituency.

Bersatu secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin, in a statement last night, said the decision to suspend Iskandar Dzulkarnain from the party was made by the Bersatu disciplinary board.

"The disciplinary board on Friday had convened a meeting on Friday to look into a disciplinary report on the alleged breach of the party's Constitution involving Iskandar Dzulkarnain, who is the Kuala Kangsar MP and the Kuala Kangsar division chief.

"After looking into all the documentation and evidence, the seriousness, the implications and impact of his offence towards the party as well as his explanation letter, the board found that Iskandar Dzulkarnain guilty under Article 22.1 (f) of the Bersatu Constitution.

"Therefore, Iskandar Dzulkarnain has been suspended as a Bersatu member as well as all his positions in the party for a period of four years starting Nov 3," the statement read.

Hamzah, on Oct 13, asserted that Iskandar Dzulkarnain was threatened and intimidated with corruption allegations if he did not support the government.

He claimed that such a threat and intimidation used on the MP was to secure support for the unity government in regaining a two-thirds majority in parliament.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, however, dismissed the claims made by Hamzah.

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