DAP adamant about rejecting Melaka 4

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Unfortunately, DAP had previously been outvoted within PH by PKR and Amanah.

Saying the end does not justify the means, the DAP rejected any move to allow the four Melaka assemblymen involved in toppling the state government from being nominated as candidates under Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the Melaka state election.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the commitment of the four assemblymen towards genuine political reform was suspect and that the party was unhappy with PH’s move to consider two of the four for nomination as candidates.

However, he hinted that ultimately coalition unity would triumph.

“At a meeting last night, the DAP central executive committee (CEC) unanimously resolved to reject all four Melaka assemblymen, who had earlier withdrawn support for then Melaka chief minister Sulaiman Md Ali, to be nominated as PH candidates for the coming state election.

“Clearly DAP has only been successful in convincing our allies in PH to reject only two out of the four assemblymen,” he said in a statement, referring to remarks by PKR president Anwar Ibrahim that PH was still considering two of the four assemblymen.

Despite this, Lim said, the DAP would be consistent in defending its principles and integrity by urging PH to distance itself from “kleptocrats, opportunists, and crooks” so that the coalition would not “lose its moral high ground”.

“Unfortunately, DAP had previously been outvoted within PH by PKR and Amanah. Thus, we were compelled to abide by the majority decision in the interests of coalition unity. However, this does not mean that such a majority decision made previously is correct.”

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Hoping “good sense will prevail within PH”, Lim urged his PH allies to choose those who were sincere to the aspirations of PH and not those “motivated by sheer political opportunism”.

“Harapan must not make the same mistake again by losing the moral high ground to allow the final two of the four assemblypersons to stand as Harapan candidates in the Malacca state election,” Lim said.

This partly corroborates a statement by PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli, who accused Amanah of pushing Harapan to accept the quartet.

The opposition coalition has rejected Norhizam Hassan Baktee outright – whose previous defection from DAP contributed to the Harapan-led Malacca government’s collapse.

It appears that Noor Effandi Ahmad has also been ruled out as Bersatu’s defection from Harapan also triggered the coalition’s downfall in the state.

However, Anwar has argued in favour of Idris Haron and Nor Azman Hassan, saying the quartet only defected after negotiations with Harapan.

On Saturday, Anwar announced that PH had “almost finalised” a decision on whether to accept the two assemblymen.

He had said: “There’s been heated discussion about this. And now it is coming to an end – the status of two assemblymen, originally from Umno, on whether or not they will be accepted”. He was referring to Idris Haron and Nor Azman Hassan.

Anwar also called on PH component parties to be prudent in their discussions about including Idris and Nor Azman.

He said prudence was required as the decision could have an impact on the outcome of the state election, to be held on Nov 20.