MELAKA: In a comeback clap, incumbent Machap Jaya assemblyman Ginie Lim says she remains loyal to PKR despite being dropped as a candidate in the Melaka state election.
Lim was responding to Datuk Seri Azmin Ali after the former PKR deputy president said he sympathised with Lim as she was dropped from contesting in the state polls on Saturday (Nov 20).
"Although I'm not contesting in the coming Melaka state elections, I remain committed to the Pakatan Harapan agenda, as well as contributing ideas in national politics under the leadership of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim," said Lim in a statement on Facebook on Wednesday (Nov 17).
Lim had served as a one-term Machap Jaya assemblyman after she won in the 14th general election with 5,550 votes against MCA's 4,214 and PAS' 775.
Lim said Azmin was a former PKR deputy president and it was saddening that he chose to switch allegiance after being in the Opposition's struggle for over 20 years.
"The loyalty of a reformist is on the party's principles, not towards an individual. I strongly reject the 'Sheraton Move'."
Lim then urged all Melaka voters to take a firm stance and come out in droves to vote on Nov 20.
"Defend the people's mandate in the 2018 general election. That is our hope," she added.
In an event in Machap on Tuesday (Nov 16), Azmin said he was saddened by PKR's decision to drop Lim and he urged her to continue fighting.
Azmin claimed that Lim was a victim in PKR as she was seen aligned with him.
Azmin had been a long time PKR member before joining Bersatu in Aug last year.
During events of the Sheraton Move last year, Bersatu and a group of PKR MPs led by Azmin left Pakatan, subsequently triggering its collapse.
It was then replaced by the Perikatan Nasional government led by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Muhyiddin led for 17 months, before another group of Umno MPs led by Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi withdrew support and the Pagoh MP resigned as prime minister.
The present government is led by Umno vice president Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.