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Thursday October 26, 2006

Zakaria spotted at Alor Gajah chalet

MALACCA: Elusive Port Klang assemblyman Datuk Zakaria Md Deros has been spotted – at a chalet in Kampung Tengah, Kuala Sungai Baru, in Alor Gajah, where he is celebrating a cosy Hari Raya with the family.

And he seems to be very relaxed as he was seen taking several pillows into the chalet after enjoying an afternoon siesta outside on the first day of Raya.

Several family members were seen walking by as he snoozed under a tent.

According to the folk here, the chalet was built by Zakaria several years ago but had not opened for business.

They said it was customary for the assemblyman to return here to observe the closing days of Ramadan.

It is learnt that Zakaria would usually return to Klang to celebrate Hari Raya, but this time the embattled assemblyman has opted for the peace and quiet of his chalet surroundings.

Yesterday, a reporter who tried to break through the "cordon" to speak to Zakaria failed in the attempt, with aides saying: "Abang (Zakaria) has suffered enough from the media spotlight."

And Zakaria, the Klang Umno division chief and a Klang municipal councillor, seems serious in wanting to be left alone – attempts to get through to him on his mobile phone were futile.

Zakaria may well make good use of his Raya rest before his meeting with Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, who had summoned the assemblyman to Istana Mestika in Shah Alam over the controversy involving the building of a four-storey mansion in Kampung Idaman, Klang.

Zakaria was to have met the Sultan on Monday but the meeting was called off as the assemblyman was said to be ill.

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