MUAR: Former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin says that his decision to back Pakatan Harapan was made on Nomination Day.
He said that the disqualification of PKR's Batu and Rantau parliamentary candidates from GE14 was the "straw that broke the camel's back" for him.
Batu incumbent Tian Chua was disqualified from contesting due to a RM2,000 fine, even though he was allowed to contest in GE13 over a fine of the same amount.
The Rantau candidate, Dr S. Streram, was not allowed into the nomination centre for not having an Election Commission pass, which he claimed was denied to him.
Daim also said that he only learnt about his expulsion from Umno from media reports.
On Friday night, both Daim and former Wanita Umno chief Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz spoke at a Pakatan ceramah in Melaka.
On Saturday (May 5), Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor confirmed that the party had expelled the two former Umno ministers for colluding with the Opposition.
Tan Sri Rais Yatim, who has allegedly been critical of the government, will be facing disciplinary action.
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