Party channels were closed off, Idris says on why he turned against CM

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Sungai Udang assemblyman Idris Haron said he was forced to publicly retract his support for Melaka caretaker chief minister Sulaiman Md Ali as he was not able to raise any issues with Umno.

“All the party channels were closed off,” Idris, who has since had his party membership revoked for his role in the collapse of the state government, said in a statement.

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“I was only used to shield the party from various issues.”

On Tuesday, the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Mohd Ali Rustam dissolved the Melaka state assembly following an announcement that four state assemblymen had retracted support for Sulaiman.

Along with Idris, who is a former chief minister, former DAP man Norhizam Hassan Baktee (Independent-Pengkalan Batu), Noor Effandi Ahmad (Bersatu-Telok Mas) and Nor Azman Hassan (Umno-Pantai Kundor) had also retracted their support for the state government.

Idris also said not only was he not given any room to air his grievances, he was also reviled despite winning in the last general election.

He went on to reveal that he was very vocal during state government meetings and had on many occasions reminded Sulaiman to respect the decisions made by the administration.

“Yet, it was futile as there were higher powers.

“I am certain everyone knows about this, but they are keeping it to themselves.” – FMT