MELAKA: Melaka DAP has come to the defence of Chief Minister Adly Zahari (pic) against accusations that he cannot handle his exco, saying the Melaka Pakatan Harapan chairman is a fair leader.
Melaka DAP secretary Damian Yeo said the party is not “power-crazy” and dismissed Melaka opposition leader Datuk Seri Idris Haron’s accusation that Adly is at the mercy of DAP.
“To us in DAP, Adly is a fair leader and since we are now in administration, we should take this opportunity to correct whatever is wrong, whether it’s administration or politics, healthcare or housing, tourism or football. It is not ‘DAP’s mercy’.
“It is just to give our best for Melaka. DAP is not power-crazy. We are only assisting as a coalition party of Pakatan Harapan, ” Yeo told Bernama via WhatsApp.
On Saturday, a news portal published a statement from Idris claiming that Adly is weak and cannot handle his state exco because his party only holds two seats while DAP holds eight.
A news portal report also claimed that there was a move to replace Adly’s leadership through the formation of a backdoor government in the state, but it was denied by 14 Pakatan state assemblymen who pledged to stand firmly behind Adly.
Meanwhile, Adly said Melaka has been a rumour target of a backdoor government change because the Pakatan government had been successfully honouring its election manifesto and various effective initiatives undertaken for the benefit of the people.
“Yes, we were elected democratically and there will be attempts to take over, but what is most important is that the process must be done constitutionally.
“If we aspire to be the government, then we have to abide by the democratic process and elected by the people, ” he told reporters after launching Melaka Peduli Rakyat Bazaar in Bukit Baru here on Saturday.
The Bukit Katil assemblyman added that Melaka Pakatan will not let such rumours derail its own reform agenda to develop the state and improve the people’s lives and well-being.
“But for this to happen, everyone needs to play a role, including the Opposition, so this effort is a collective one, ” said the chief minister. — Bernama