ANNUAR EX­PECTS PPBM TO BOW BE­FORE DAP

Party will ‘face same dilemma as Pas when it joins Pakatan Hara­pan’

New Straits Times - - News -

ADIE SURI ZULKEFLI JERLUN adie.zulkefli@nst.com.my

PARTI Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia’s (PPBM) po­lit­i­cal clout is ex­pected to be ren­dered tooth­less be­fore the in­ter­ests of DAP, af­ter the fledg­ling party an­nounced its in­ten­tions to join Pakatan Hara­pan on Wed­nes­day.

Umno in­for­ma­tion chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa said he fore­saw PPBM sac­ri­fic­ing its prin­ci­ples in or­der to ap­pease DAP lead­ers.

Annuar said Pas for­merly faced the dilemma when it was part of the de­funct Pakatan Rakyat.

“So, in PPBM’s case, I fore­see that they will have to bow to DAP’s poli­cies to win votes in the gen­eral elec­tion.”

Annuar said DAP would not com­pro­mise un­der the “dic­ta­to­rial lead­er­ship” of party ad­viser Lim Kit Siang.

“Umno had changed four pres­i­dents through the pe­riod, but Lim is still rul­ing the party for 51 years. So, the pub­lic can eval­u­ate for them­selves on what DAP is all about,” he said at the open­ing of Kedah Umno branches’ an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Alor Biak here yes­ter­day.

The meet­ing was opened by Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Ah­mad Bashah Md Ha­ni­pah, who is also the state Umno li­ai­son com­mit­tee chair­man.

Present were his deputy, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, state Umno sec­re­tary Datuk Mohd Rozai Shafian, its trea­surer Datuk Seri Ab­dul Azeez Rahim and Umno Supreme Coun­cil mem­ber Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Ba­harom.

Ear­lier, Annuar re­minded Kedah Umno to de­fend the state at all cost, as Prime Min­is­ter and party pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak had re­garded Kedah as “the heart of Umno”.

PIC BY KHAIRULL AZRY BIDIN

Yang di-Per­tuan Agong Sul­tan Muham­mad V pre­sent­ing the ‘Best Over­all Cadet Of­fi­cer’ award to Muhd Hafiz Muhd Yu­soff dur­ing the royal com­mis­sion­ing pa­rade of Univer­siti Per­ta­hanan Na­sional Malaysia cadet of­fi­cers at Kem Per­dana Sungai Besi, Kuala Lumpur.

PIC BY AMRAN HAMID

Umno in­for­ma­tion chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa rid­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle with Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Ah­mad Bashah Md Ha­ni­pah be­fore open­ing the Kedah Umno branches’ an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Alor Biak, Jerlun, yes­ter­day.

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