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Published: Tuesday April 21, 2009 MYT 2:25:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday April 21, 2009 MYT 2:27:29 PM

DAP: Zahrain behaving like 'little Umno leader'

KUALA LUMPUR: The DAP lambasted its Pakatan Rakyat partner PKR for not reciprocating the goodwil it displayed over the April 16 resignation of Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin as Deputy Chief Minister and Penanti assemblyman.

The party also slammed Penang PKR chief Datuk Zahrain Mohamed Hashim for “behaving like a little Umno leader” with his comments on the issue that do not reflect a spirit of multi-racialism in the coalition.

“Such irresponsible comments by him would rule him out as the possible PKR and Pakatan candidate for the Penanti by-election,” said DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua on Tuesday.

Pua said the statement by PKR deputy president Dr Syed Husin Ali calling on Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to stop raising the issue of PKR’s failure to inform him (Lim) of the resignation was “ill-advised and uncalled for.”

He said Dr Syed Husin should instead be advising Zahrain to stop discussing the issue in the media and both should have consulted PKR defacto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“Lim has the right to express his disagreement with the failure by national PKR to inform him of the resignation on April 16,” Pua said, noting that Dr Syed Husin, while calling on Lim to stop speaking to the press on the issue, was himself using the media to issue statements.

Pua reiterated that Lim had the right to express his concerns that he learnt of Fairus’ resignation through the press on April 16, that PKR had not informed him of the resignation letter which was dated March 19.

“PKR had denied even two days before the resignation took effect (April 16) that there was such a resignation,” he said.