Kuala Langat MP quits PKR, backs govt to avoid snap polls

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Kuala Langat MP quits PKR, backs govt to avoid snap polls
Kuala Langat MP quits PKR, backs govt to avoid snap polls

Kuala Langat MP Dr Xavier Jayakumar has resigned from PKR and will now support Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

Xavier said this was necessary, citing a need to ensure that the government remains stable and to avoid an election.

"While there are parties discussing the possibility of elections, this is not necessary or viable at this point in time," he said.

Xavier said he had grown "extremely frustrated" due to events that have unfolded over the past year, which added to his decision to quit.

He said the priority now was to support the government's effort to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, create jobs and secure funds to rebuild the economy.

He said it would take at least 18 months to complete the vaccination programme and more than two years for the economy to fully recover.

"This needs bipartisan support, to make sure the efforts of the government are fulfilled.

"People want stability and to restart our ailing economic sectors. Towards this, we need to work together, not against one another," he said.

Xavier has been part of PKR since 1998 when the party was called Parti Keadilan Nasional.

He quickly rose up the ranks and was elected as party vice-president during the PKR leadership election as part of Azmin Ali's team.

Azmin and much of his supporters left PKR in February 2020.

Xavier was in the news last month after it was revealed that his "family friend" MA Thinagaran was arrested by the MACC.

Thinagaran was allegedly investigated over government projects in Perak initiated during the Pakatan Harapan administration.