DAP is willing to work with Umno to help restore Parliament but will not work with the Malay party in the coming general election, said DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
“DAP reiterates there is no political cooperation with Umno, and the central committee has not changed its previous policy on this,” he said.
Lim said the party is willing to cooperate for the people’s benefit as it had done in Perak and Johor with the state governments led by Umno, where allocations were given to opposition constituencies.
“For instance, DAP is willing to work with Umno MPs to force the PN government to convene Parliament and review harsh laws such as the imposition of RM10,000 fines on individuals and RM50,000 on companies.
“This is different from political cooperation in the coming general election,” he said.
“We now have a strange situation where every business establishment, school, pasar malam and even sports stadium is open, except Parliament,” the Bagan MP said when opening the Penang state convention today.
He said the Penang government is prepared to uphold parliamentary democracy and convene the assembly but could not do it as Parliament and state assemblies are suspended during the current state of emergency.
Lim said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah had also said Parliament can convene during the emergency.
Lim added that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s strong criticism of Myanmar for suspending Parliament was ironic when he is equally guilty of doing the same in Malaysia.
He described Muhyiddin’s “new deal”, being offered to Malaysians based on social justice, as a “raw deal”, with hefty fines imposed on those flouting Covid-19 rules and racist politicking.
He said the only way to defeat such policies was for Parliament to convene quickly so that unjust and arbitrarily decided laws could be debated and quashed.
Lim said while the people wanted a repeat win by PH, following its victory in the 2018 general election, a winning formula for GE15 must unite all Malaysians to stop PN from making the country a “failed state”.
He said uniting parties against PN would not be easy but hoped all opposition parties could work together on this.
“This winning formula must not include kleptocratic leaders. We are proud that not a single of the 42 DAP MPs elected in the 2018 general election has defected to support PN or Muhyiddin,” he said.
Lim said DAP had already identified weaknesses in the party after GE14.
The party, he said, had problems in relaying its policies to the public, especially when it was in power under PH for 22 months after GE14.