KUALA LUMPUR: DAP on Tuesday clarified that only the membership of Kota Melaka MP Sim Tong Him has been suspended and he has not been expelled from the party after news of the suspension created confusion over his position in Parliament.
DAP parliamentary whip Anthony Loke (pic) said he has spoken to Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia earlier on Tuesday on the matter.
"Sim's seat in the house is within DAP and that remains unchanged.
"His membership was suspended and he was not expelled. Following that, he is still a DAP member and his status as Kota Melaka MP does not change.
"I also never asked for the Speaker to change his decision," Loke told a press conference at Parliament lobby.
Loke said the party had never sidelined Sim in the Malacca DAP.
"There is a new leadership. There is no such thing as he being sidelined. We still regard him as important and ask his views on matters," Loke said.
On another note, Loke condemned the statement made by Malacca legislative assembly speaker, Datuk Othman Muhamad, who claimed that state assemblyman Goh Leong San was an independent lawmaker.
"The decision to announce the status of Duyong assemblyman is wrong. Goh has only been suspended from the party for 12 months and the Duyong seat still belongs to DAP," he said.
Othman was quoted as saying that Goh, the former opposition leader, was now an independent assemblyman.
Othman said Ayer Keroh assemblyman Khoo Poey Tiong of the DAP was the new opposition leader while Bandar Hilir assemblyman Tey Kok Kiew was the chief whip for the opposition.
"I received a letter from DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng on this matter," he said at the opening of the first meeting of the fourth session of the 13th Malacca State Assembly at the Seri Negeri Complex, Monday.