GEORGE TOWN: There is no chance of any leader from Penang Barisan Nasional quitting the coalition and joining Pakatan Rakyat here.
Based on the present feedback from the ground, state Barisan Nasional chairman Teng Chang Yeow said there was no way that Barisan leaders here would consider defecting.
“We are already in the Opposition here. Now, we are just focused on getting back Penang.”
Teng said the act of some politicians quitting the party to join Pakatan had become a worrying ‘trend’.
Such occurrences had become a concern for Barisan and they should be looked upon seriously to stop any more defections from happening, Teng stressed.
He was commenting on online reports that former MP Datuk Tamrin Ghafar, the son of former deputy prime minister Tun Ghafar Baba, is expected to be joining PAS.
The move came hot on the heels of Sabah Barisan leaders Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin and Datuk Seri Wilfred Bumburing’s resignation from posts they held in the coalition two weeks ago.
Teng was speaking after handing out Hari Raya Aidilfitri aid to some 100 recipients who came from the low-income group at the Medan Tengku apartments in Jelutong yesterday.
The event was organised by Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress.
On a separate matter, Teng said a special task force committee had been set up by the state Barisan to draft various programmes, among others educational activities for the Indian community in the state.
He said the programmes would be planned based on their suitability and to improve the community mobilisation in Penang.
“The task force was established as it is meant to help draft programmes to increase the standard of living among Indians,” he told some 220 Year Six pupils at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) after officiating a one-day UPSR motivation seminar here yesterday.
Teng added that the coalition welcomed similar academic- related programmes for students facing examinations.
“Since not all can afford tuition, we (Barisan) are ready to help by offering such programmes,” he said.
Also present were Permatang Berangan assemblyman Shabudin Yahaya, who is also Tasek Gelugor division Barisan chief, and Malaysian Indian Development Association president K. Mohanarao.