IPOH: There has been no consultation between PAS and Pakatan Rakyat parties in Kedah the last 15 months, claims Kedah DAP chairman Thomas Su Keong Siong.
No forums or secretariat were formed for the purpose of consultation, he said.
”And that is what I’ve been trying to do, to set up a secretariat so that we can discuss or resolve any issues before decisions or policies are made.
”We are not saying that the state government should discuss every issue with us but sensitive issues that can potentially create uneasiness or displeasure among the people should be discussed at party level,” Su, who is Pasir Pinji assemblyman, said at his service centre here Friday.
On the pullout of Kedah DAP from Pakatan in Kedah, Su reiterated that it was due to certain policies of the PAS-led state government which were made without care for the non-Malays.
”We feel that the state government is not holding to the principles of Pakatan, which is to protect the interest, rights and welfare of all Malaysians.
”The increase of bumiputra housing quota from 30% to 50% had not been discussed or received the consensus of Pakatan as a whole.
”And just a few days ago, the sole abattoir in the state was demolished although DAP had tried its best to resolve the issue,” he said.
Su claimed that the DAP had received information that the Alor Setar city council had approved the demolishment of some Hundu and Chinese temples.
”Each time such things happened and there was no consultation with the DAP it made it very hard for us to face the people,” he said.
Su said the DAP had reacted to the abattoir issue not because it concerned the Chinese, “(but) because we feel that the state government has totally disregarded the rights of the non-Malays.”
The abattoir issue, Su added, was also a food issue and involved peoples’ livelihood.
Su, who noted that Kedah DAP was awaiting the approval of the party’s central executive committee on its decision to pull out of the state Pakatan, said any withdrawal would not affect Pakatan although certain implications might arise.
”We want to stress and explain that what has happened is confined to Kedah, where we found it impossible to contribute and work together in the spirit of Pakatan,” he said.
Meanwhile, the DAP central executive committee is expected to meet next week to discuss the Kedah DAP decision, said secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
He said party adviser Lim Kit Siang would visit Alor Setar Saturday to meet Kedah DAP members.
Lim said the party headquarters received the letter from Kedah DAP on the decision to pull out of the coalition.
He declined to comment on a report that DAP’s sole representative in Kedah, Lee Guan Aik, has become an “independent and non-aligned” state assemblyman.
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