SIBU: There are only a small number of hardcore PKR members in the state and generally they do not have a place here.
In saying this, PBB supreme council member Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah added that those who voted for PKR in the state were mostly those who were disgruntled with local issues and thus showed their anger by voting for the opposition.
“Their number is small. We won’t be seeing movement in mass of PKR members to BN in the state because there are not many of them,” he said when asked if the state would also witness en bloc PKR members quitting their party to join BN as in the peninsula.
He added, “Once, their grievances are addressed; they will be with BN again.”
According to Bernama, hardcore supporters of PKR numbering about 350 in Penang had quit the party having lost faith in the opposition leadership.
Abdul Karim, who is Asajaya assemblyman and Assistant Minister of Youth Development, pointed out that generally PKR did not have a place in the state.
He said three state seats were lost to PKR purely because of local sentiments and grudges and not because the voters liked PKR.
“It’s the voters’ way to show their displeasure. Come next state election, we should be able to get those seats back,” he said.