GEORGE TOWN: DAP can cooperate with Umno for the people's benefit but it will not work with the party in the 15th General Election, says Lim Guan Eng (pic).
"We can cooperate for the people's benefit as in the Perak and Johor state governments led by Umno, where allocations were given to opposition constituencies," said the DAP secretary-general.
Lim added that there can be discussions and meetings with Umno state governments on people's issues.
"For instance, DAP is willing to work with Umno to force the Perikatan Nasional government to convene Parliament," he said.
Lim also said that cooperation was also possible when speaking out on the imposition of harsh laws such as the RM10,000 compound fines on individuals and RM50,000 for companies for breaching Covid-19 standard operating procedures.
However, he said this was different from political cooperation
"Let me state that DAP will not work with kleptocrat leaders and there is no political cooperation with Umno in the next general election," Lim said when opening the Penang DAP Convention at the Setia SPICE Arena in Bayan Lepas on Sunday (March 21).
He added that the party is proud that none of its 42 MPs elected in the 2018 election has defected to support the Perikatan government.
"The principled struggle of DAP and the courage, competency and integrity of the leaders is undoubtedly our strength. However we have to recognise our weaknesses especially in communicating our policies to the people," said Lim.
He said that while this was not a problem when DAP was in the opposition, it became a problem when the party was in government.
In his welcoming speech earlier, Chief Minister and state DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow warned that it is not going to be plain sailing for the state to retain power in the next general election.
"Do not take it for granted that we will win the state easily if we fail to handle the safety and health of the people during the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Although the task of handling the crisis fell to the Federal Government we have to take equal responsibility as it affects the people and the economy of the state.
"If the state is seen as not playing a proactive role in handling the pandemic, we will lose the trust of the people and will be rejected by the voters in the next election," he said.