Loke: DAP not a dominant party under unity government

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DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke Siew Fook made it clear that the component party under Pakatan Harapan (PH) is not a dominant party in the unity government.

In his speech at the Unity Government Convention today, Loke said most leaders and politicians in the unity government were Malay Muslims and Bumiputera.

“Many quarters claimed that DAP is a dominant party in the unity government. However, let the facts speak for themselves.

“The government today is supported by 77 Muslim parliament members (MP), 16 non-Muslim Bumiputera, 43 Chinese and 15 Indians.


“Majority of MPs, who are Muslim and Bumiputera, made up the unity government,” he said.

Loke, who is Transport Minister, said the most important thing for the unity government was establishing good relationships.

“The real competition is not among us Malaysians but rather what’s in store for us on a global scale.”

Loke said he had never dreamt of delivering a speech at Umno’s headquarters at the Unity Government Convention.

“I am nervous and I am sure my fellow DAP members, including the vice-chairman Gobind Singh Deo had similar sentiments,” he said in his speech.

“Never in my wildest dream that I would give a speech at this stage.

“Unlike Anwar who has many experiences and returned to the building after many years, this is the first (experience) for me,” he joked.

He added that the convention held today marked a new history in the country’s political landscape as it gathered four political coalitions in the government.

“What is more important is that all coalitions represent each region in Malaysia, be it from the peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak.

“The convention today also gives a big meaning for a brighter Malaysia. With one vision, this will bring Malaysia to a prosperous and successful future.”

Loke was part of the five keynote speaker including Deputy Prime Minister and Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Gabungan Rakyat Sabah president Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor, Gabungan Parti Sarawak president Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg and Warisan president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.