Pakatan leaders distance themselves from Liu


KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and other Pakatan Harapan leaders have distanced themselves from Ronnie Liu’s remarks that the coalition could remain the government without Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.

Anwar, who is the PKR president, said the Sungai Pelek DAP assemblyman’s views that Pakatan could stand without Bersatu “are his own”.

“My view is that Pakatan consists of PKR, DAP, Parti Amanah Negara and Bersatu.

“Bersatu thus far has been playing a positive role and is an important component within Pakatan,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Kamaruddin Jaffar, who is a PKR central committee member, hit out at Liu for having “no discipline”.

“In any government comprising different parties, members must be disciplined, especially those not in the top leadership,” he said when met at the Parliament lobby.

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub, who is Amanah deputy president, reminded that Pakatan went through a “dramatic process” to get a mandate from the people.

“The stance and position of the presidential council has not changed and it is still holding to its promise when it was first set up,” he said.

“We have decided that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be the seventh Prime Minister and followed by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“Regarding the exact date of the transition plan, we will leave it to the wisdom of the presidential council to make such decisions,” he said.

Amanah communications director Khalid Samad said any suggestion to form a government without Amanah, DAP or Bersatu was against the mandate given by the people in GE14.

Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun, who is Bersatu’s Srikandi chief, condemned Liu’s views, saying that Pakatan was formed as a result of the cooperation and contribution of all component parties.

“Although there are challenges, we must stay united and continue to serve. Why do you need to question the Prime Minister who works 18 hours a day?” she asked.

Meanwhile, Selangor Legislative Assembly Speaker Ng Suee Lim has rejected Bersatu’s Jeram assemblyman Mohd Shaid Rosli’s request to be seated with the Opposition during the assembly meeting which begins on Nov 1.

The assemblyman had reportedly written to the Speaker asking to switch his seating arrangement as an act of protest against Liu, whom he said did not respect Pakatan’s highest leadership.

Ng said Mohd Shaid had no basis to sit with the Opposition as he had not officially left Bersatu and become an Independent.

“My advice to him is to not tarnish the sanctity of the state legislative assembly with cheap dramatics and publicity-seeking stunts,” said Ng.

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