Melaka BN reps get offer to join state govt

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  • Thursday, 27 Feb 2020

MELAKA: The state Pakatan Harapan is said to have offered Barisan Nasional assemblymen to be part of the government.

The offer was supposedly prompted by the departure of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia from Pakatan Harapan on Monday which meant the ruling coalition was short of two assemblymen.

Before Monday, the state Pakatan has 15 assemblymen while Barisan has 13.

The two Bersatu assemblymen are Mohd Rafiq Naizamohideen (Paya Rumput) and Nor Affendi Ahmad (Telok Mas).

DAP’s Bemban assemblyman Datuk Dr Wong Fort Pin said negotiations were ongoing to offer Barisan representatives to join them.

“Pakatan has 13 seats with the possibility of adding four more once more lawmakers have crossed over to Pakatan.

“There is also a chance that the two who had ‘verbally’ left would return to the fold in the next few days, ” he said.

Dr Wong, who is deputy state speaker, said he was confident that Melaka would still be under Pakatan till the end of the term.

Melaka Opposition chief Datuk Seri Idris Haron said he was unsure whether any Barisan assemblyman was interested to join Pakatan.

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