Melaka Bersatu assemblymen in a state of limbo

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  • Friday, 06 Mar 2020

MELAKA: The two Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia state assemblymen are in a quandary after both Melaka Perikatan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan closed their doors on them.

Paya Rumput assemblyman Datuk Mohd Rafiq Naizamohideen and Telok Mas’ Datuk Noor Effandi Ahmad were rejected when Melaka Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh alleged they had shown “disrespect to his side”.

Melaka’s Perikatan Nasional, Ab Rauf said, decided not to continue the relationship with the two Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia assemblymen in the state.

“Hence, 13 Umno lawmakers including Rembia assemblyman (PKR) Datuk Muhammad Jailani Khamis and Pengkalan Batu representative Datuk Norhizam Hassan Baktee (DAP) will form a new coalition without Bersatu.

“We will submit a fresh statutory declaration to Yang-di Pertua Negri Tun Dr Mohd Khalil Yaacob as soon as possible, ” he said in a press conference here yesterday.

Ab Rauf said with this development, the working relationship with Melaka Bersatu sealed on March 2 was no longer valid.

However, the decision to slice Bersatu from Perikatan Nasional only applied in Melaka.

“We are only objecting to the Bersatu choice of Chief Minister who disrespected us and can no longer work with them, ” he said.

Bersatu had nominated Mohd Rafiq as the Chief Minister while Umno wanted Lendu assemblyman Datuk Sulaiman Md Ali.

Ab Rauf said Perikatan had 15 assemblymen including one each from PKR and DAP to form the new government without Bersatu.

Melaka has 28 state seats with Pakatan holding 11 state constituencies and two Bersatu seats.

Meanwhile, DAP’s Kota Laksamana assemblyman Low Chee Leong vehemently opposed the duo from attempting to return to Pakatan after being rejected by Perikatan Nasional.

“One of them had openly criticised state Pakatan leaders before exiting.

“We will never work with these traitors and the solution is a snap election, ” he said.

State Pakatan secretary Khoo Poay Tiong said the coalition would issue an official statement on matter.

The swearing-in ceremony of the new Chief Minister is scheduled to be held on Monday.

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