Pakatan Harapan (PH) will not be giving a seat to incumbent Pengkalan Batu assemblyman Norhizam Hassan Baktee in the coming Malacca state elections.
Norhizam won the seat under the DAP ticket in the 2018 general elections but defected and caused the collapse of the PH state government in Malacca in 2020.
The decision was announced by the PH presidential council in a statement today.
The council said it had received views from all parties on the four assemblymen, including Norhizam, who had caused the collapse of the Barisan Nasional (BN)/Perikatan Nasional (PN) state government earlier this month.
“It should be emphasized that the interests of the people are more important than any individual.
“As they are not members of any component parties of PH, the question of their candidacy in the state elections did not arise in today’s meeting.
“However, the presidential council also decided that Norhizam will not be a PH candidate in the Malacca elections,” the council said.
The Malacca government collapsed after four elected representatives pulled their support for the BN/PN state government led by Umno.
The defection on October 4 was led by state Umno strongman Idris Haron (Sg Udang-BN), with the support of Nor Azman Hassan (Pantai Kundor-BN), Norhizam (Pengkalan Batu-Ind) and Noor Effandi Ahmad (Telok Mas-PN).
The Malacca state polls are on November 20.
On Tuesday, Lim Guan Eng said DAP will not accept Norhizam as a candidate under the PH banner for the upcoming elections.
The DAP secretary-general said the party was against Norhizam and the remaining three joining any PH parties and said he would take up the matter with the PH presidential council.
Yesterday, Norhizam said the decision on whether he was nominated or not in the elections would depend on the joint decision of PH as it was only DAP’s opinion to reject him as a candidate.
Meanwhile, the PH leadership council also said it has decided to send a representative to meet and discuss with the Election Commission on the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the elections.
This is to convey the coalition’s views and ensure that the principles of democracy are upheld, the right of political parties to meet voters is not affected, and the election process is fair to all parties, especially when Malacca is in phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan.
The council also agreed to appoint Malacca PH chief Adly Zahari to lead the election machinery.
On Monday, the Election Commission announced that Malacca would hold elections on November 20.
EC chairman Abdul Ghani Salleh said the polls would have a 12-day campaign period, with nominations starting on November 8. – TMI