KUALA LUMPUR: DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke (pic) has rebuffed overtures by Datuk Norhizam Hassan Baktee to return to the fold.
Saying there was no place for party-hoppers in DAP, Loke said the former Pengkalan Batu assemblyman "hopped out of our party when we were down and now he wants to come back for a platform."
"He can forget about it,” he told a press conference at party headquarters in Jalan Yew here on Thursday (April 14).
Loke said the party would continue to reject party hoppers, regardless of whether they came from other Opposition parties or the ruling coalition.
It had plenty of capable candidates, he added.
Norhizam, nicknamed "Hulk" apparently for his temperament and fondness for close-fitting shirts, won the Melaka state assembly seat in the 2018 General Election when he was a DAP member.
However, he withdrew support for the Pakatan Harapan state government, contributing to its collapse in March 2020 following the "Sheraton Move" at Federal level, and offered his support to the new Umno-led administration.
Norhizam was subsequently sacked from DAP. He contested the seat as an independent in last year's state election and lost.
On Sunday (April 10), he was quoted in Mingguan Malaysia as saying that he was keen to contest as a candidate for MP of the Hang Tuah Jaya parliamentary constituency, where Pengkalan Batu is situated.
He told the Malay weekly that he was keen to do so as either a DAP or Umno member and claimed he was being courted by a number of parties.
Meanwhile, on veteran Lim Kit Siang turning down the role of mentor, Loke said the decision was made with the party's interests in mind.
"He (Lim) made it known to party leaders that he will continue to give his full support, but he thinks it is better for him to do so without holding any official position," he said.
Loke said that the position of party mentor was created for Lim and would not be offered to anyone else.
Lim announced his retirement from active politics at the DAP national congress last month.