Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah has rubbished rumours that she will be quitting PKR and switching her allegiance to the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government.
In a strong reply to the claims, the PKR MP said these rumours were intentionally made up by “idiots” and maintained that she was totally against party-hopping.
“My stand is clear. No one in their right mind should legitimise an illegitimate government that is in the process of ruining our country. I want reform, not soul-selling,” she said in a Facebook post.
“I am totally against party hopping or even changing alliances within the (Pakatan Harapan/PH) coalition. Let the people decide through a democratic election,” she said in her post, with a picture of the fake Whatsapp message that has been circulating.
This comes after two ex-PKR members, Julau MP Larry Sng and Tebrau MP Steven Choong, quit the party yesterday and declared their support for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.
The viral message claimed that Muhyiddin and former PKR president Mohamed Azmin Ali were also aiming to woo two more MPs, namely Chin and Kuala Langat MP Xavier Jayakumar.
The message also said four Warisan MPs were expected to back Muhyiddin as prime minister.
Chin was among the MPs present during the Sheraton Move which led to the PH government. However, she said she was there only to voice her opposition towards the formation of a “backdoor” government.
PKR vice-president Tian Chua, meanwhile, expressed disappointment over the departure of Sng and Choong from the party, saying their defections are only a temporary boost for PN.
Tian Chua called on his party to strengthen its unity among its allies as the 15th general election looms.
“Unity should be the key to overcome this crisis. It is important for us to thoroughly self-reflect on our weaknesses and rectify our past mistakes. The central leadership needs to listen and pay serious attention to the views of the grassroots.
“This commitment to unity is our responsibility towards the Malaysian people and our future generations. Leaders of different forces have to show courage to break the old political mindset,” he said in a statement today.
FMT is reaching out to the others who were named in the message. – FMT