Anthony Loke rebukes Tian Chua for proposing to work with ‘traitors’

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DAP will not work with traitors and it has made this stand clear in yesterday’s Pakatan Harapan (PH) presidential council meeting, the party’s national organising committee secretary Anthony Loke said.

Ahead of next month’s Melaka state election, Loke said the PH coalition must continue to back the 2018 mandate given to Adly Zahari and return the Amanah man as chief minister.

Loke rebuked PKR vice-president Chua Tian Chang for proposing PH should work with anyone in order to win the upcoming state election, including the four assemblymen who triggered the collapse of the state Umno-led government and the dissolution of the Melaka assembly by withdrawing their support for the then chief minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali.

“This is Tian Chua’s personal opinion. DAP’s position has been made loud and clear at the PH presidential council meeting.

“PH must campaign based on our common policies and track record during our 22-month rule in Melaka under the leadership of former Chief Minister Adly Zahari.

“PH must reject traitors. Period,” Loke posted on his personal Facebook page last night.

Tian Chua, who himself has cut a lone figure in PKR following the 2020 Sheraton Move, called yesterday for the coalition to join with anyone that can give Harapan victory, saying it was a tactic they must consider to win the state.

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“Tactically we must join with anyone that can give Harapan victory. It is a tactic we must consider by any means to win the most seats,” he was quoted saying by news portal Malaysiakini after the PH presidential council meeting last night.

PKR is under fire from its political partners after its president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said PH was “talking it over” whether or not to accept and field the four former Melaka assemblymen who pulled out in the coming polls.

Anwar said that he is aware that some will not be in favour of the four assemblymen contesting the next Melaka state poll and downplayed the presence of the quartet at a recent pre-state election gathering that was held on the same day that the Melaka polls were confirmed by the Election Commission.

PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli has led the chorus of disapproval to the four defectors, saying that the quartet has a “bad record” and one of them had a tendency to be foul-mouthed.

“That’s not the candidate we want to put up,” said Rafizi, who has rarely commented on politics since late 2018.

Meanwhile, DAP’s former Kota Laksamana representative Low Chee Leong said he would start a protest if Melaka PH chose to field Norhizam as a candidate in the state election.

The Melaka State Legislative Assembly, which consists of 28 seats, was dissolved on October 4.

Melaka will go to the polls on November 20 with nomination held on November 8.