DAP, Pejuang, Warisan shun PN

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DAP, Pejuang and Warisan have denied allegations that their parties will cooperate with Bersatu and Perikatan Nasional.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng today denied that his party would support Muhyiddin Yassin in a confidence vote following an Umno leader’s claim it would back the prime minister in the coming Parliament meeting.

Lim said his party and “the whole of the opposition” have called for Muhyiddin to resign as he has lost the majority support, following Umno’s decision to formally retract its support for him.

Earlier today, Umno Supreme Council member Tajuddin Abdul Rahman said the Perikatan Nasional-led (PN) government would rely on support from opposition parties, especially DAP, since Umno has stopped backing Muhyiddin.

Sinar Harian, which quoted Tajuddin, also quoted a source claiming that a confidence and supply agreement (CSA) was being negotiated between DAP and PN.

Describing Tajuddin’s claim as a lie, Lim told him to show proof of the alleged cooperation with Muhyiddin. “let alone any CSA agreement”.

“As usual, Tajuddin is talking without facts, lying through his teeth. Another piece of fake news. I have never met the prime minister since he took office,” the former finance minister told FMT.

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“This is another lie intended for Umno’s internal squabble. These rumours are fuelled by Umno people who support Muhyiddin. I categorically deny that we have a CSA with PN.

Lim clarified, however, that DAP’s national organising secretary Loke Siew Fook had come up with a CSA last year but it was flatly refused by the PN-led government after the ruling coalition had obtained the majority needed to stay afloat.

Loke had proposed last October that a CSA be signed so as to avoid Parliament being dissolved.

In his proposal, the Seremban MP stated terms and conditions to be agreed upon without joining or supporting the ruling party and with the opposition free to oppose or criticise government policies.

Meanwhile, Pejuang and Warisan issued separate statements following an article published by Sarawak Report yesterday which speculated that Pejuang and Bersatu founder Dr Mahathir Mohamad would be appointed as leader of the PN government’s recovery plan.

Pejuang information chief Ulya Aqamah Husamudin said Mahathir has “repeatedly” rejected allegations that he would cooperate with PN.

“If Pejuang wants to work with Bersatu and PN, we need not work so hard to get our party approved; we can just return to our old party (Bersatu),” said Ulya.

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In a separate two-paragraph statement, Warisan president Mohd Shafie Apdal said that the said article in Sarawak Report was “erroneous”.

According to Sarawak Report, four MPs from Pejuang and eight from Warisan would support Muhyiddin’s Perikatan coalition.

Mahathir is currently a proponent of a new governing entity similar to the National Operations Council during the 1968-1971 period which was not accountable to Parliament.

According to Mahathir, this is necessary in order to implement the measures needed to stem the spread of Covid-19 which currently has overwhelmed public hospitals in the Klang Valley.

Ulya’s statement contradicts those made by Mahathir in November last year when the latter stated “there is a way” for him to work with Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

Ulya claimed that Pejuang’s political bureau had never discussed cooperation with Muhyiddin and instead was more focused on Mahathir’s idea of setting up a different type of government.

He also claimed that there is an ongoing “conspiracy” on the registration of Pejuang, which is being “sensationalised” by certain quarters.

He said Putrajaya’s decision to allow Pejuang to be registered was the result of a court decision compelling the Home Ministry to do so and not the result of “backroom talks or political strategising”.

Speculation that PN is currently trying to forge new allegiances has been fuelled by the fact that Umno has withdrawn support for Muhyiddin which would likely mean that the latter no longer has majority support in the Dewan Rakyat which will convene on July 26.