DAP raps Abdul Hadi again over absence from Pakatan meetings

PETALING JAYA: DAP secretary-ge­neral Lim Guan Eng has fired ano­ther salvo at PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang for the latter’s continuous absence from Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leadership council meetings.

Lim said since DAP publicly urged Abdul Hadi to be present at the meetings, PAS leaders had respon­ded negatively.

“Clearly, PAS misses the simple truth that the DAP central executive committee’s (CEC) unanimous resolution for the PAS president to attend the PR leadership council meetings is to restore public trust and confidence in PR.

“This is a reasonable request as Abdul Hadi is the only person in PAS with the sole authority to make decisions. This makes Abdul Hadi’s presence in the meetings necessa­rily compulsory if PR is to function in concert as a coalition as well as to ensure policy coherence and cohesion,” Lim said in a statement yesterday.

He said PR could not function properly and it would cause PKR and DAP having to play a guessing game on which decisions would be vetoed by Abdul Hadi if he did not attend the meetings.

“It is untenable for any coalition to operate in such a dysfunctional manner if we are to convince Malaysian voters that we have what it takes to replace Barisan Nasional as the next Malaysian government in Putrajaya,” he said.

Last week, DAP’s CEC passed a resolution to request Abdul Hadi’s presence at the pact’s leadership council meetings.

But, several PAS lawmakers were reported to have come to Abdul Hadi’s defence, citing his ailing health condition as a reason of his absence.

Lim Guan Eng