PKR Youth Leader to DAP Youth Leader: Watch Your Words

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A PKR Youth leader has warned his DAP counterparts against crossing the line after one of them demanded opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim apologise for abandoning opposition to the second reading of the federal budget.

The DAP Youth leader, Eric Teh Hoong Keat, who is its national secretary, had also called for Pakatan Harapan (PH) to be disbanded should Anwar fail to apologise for instructing against a bloc vote on the 2021 budget in the Dewan Rakyat on Thursday.

“Anwar has admitted that he ordered DAP and PKR to reject the bloc voting request for Budget 2021. So, he has to take full responsibility and apologise for his mistake to PH supporters.


“He had the opportunity to rekindle the spirit of PH in Parliament, but yesterday, he failed. This has caused a public relations crisis, shattered PH’s credibility, and extinguished the fire of reform among the people,” Teh said in a statement.

PH leaders have come under heavy criticism after the opposition failed to muster the support of 15 MPs to force a bloc vote.

This subsequently led to the budget being passed in the Dewan Rakyat through a voice vote.

In a statement, Selangor PKR Youth chief Najwan Halimi said PH lost control of the government when Anwar was not in the Cabinet and as such, it was unfair that he has to shoulder all the burden now.

He added that over the past 20 years, Anwar had helped strengthen the bonds between opposition parties.

“DAP Youth and its secretary should not cross the line with unreasonable statements before referring to their own party leaders,” he said, adding that such a comment was uncalled for.


“Let us return to focusing on helping our leadership return the mandate of the people and retake Putrajaya.”

Meanwhile, Anwar Ibrahim’s political secretary Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak said Teh’s proposal to part ways with PKR and reorganise the opposition will only split its ranks.

“If this is the mentality, what is the point of trusting leaders?” said Farhash, who is the Perak PKR chief.

Farhash urged PKR MPs as well as PH to back Anwar, saying the budget is yet to be approved and efforts are still ongoing to scrutinise it.

“We are only taking long-term measures. We hope the people will understand and be patient for now.

“We must ensure the welfare of the people is guaranteed at the same time, restoring the people’s mandate.”