DAP lead­ers keep mum on exco is­sue

New Straits Times - - News - RAM KARPAL SINGH

SHAH ALAM: DAP lead­ers are keep­ing mum af­ter they ap­peared to have been snubbed by Se­lan­gor Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, who said no Pas ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil mem­ber will be re­moved from the state ad­min­is­tra­tion as of now.

DAP lead­ers re­fused to com­ment, in­clud­ing elec­tion strate­gist Ong Kian Ming, who gave a terse re­sponse.

“I’m in a meet­ing, you call some other peo­ple,” Ong said, amid loud mu­sic in the back­ground.

DAP na­tional or­gan­is­ing sec­re­tary An­thony Loke sim­ply said “no com­ment” be­fore end­ing the call.

Calls for the trio to be re­moved grew louder af­ter Pas de­cided to end its po­lit­i­cal pact with PKR early this month.

Se­lan­gor DAP chief Tony Pua, who led the loud­est call for the three Pas exco mem­bers — Datuk Iskan­dar Sa­mad, Datuk Dr Ah­mad Yunus Hairi and Zaidy Ab­dul Talib — to step down, did not an­swer calls for com­ments.

DAP’s Klang law­maker Charles San­ti­ago in a text mes­sage said Pua would be the best per­son to com­ment on the is­sue.

DAP na­tional le­gal bureau sec­re­tary Gobind Singh did not re­spond to queries made through a text mes­sage as of press time.

How­ever, his brother and Tasik Gel­u­gor mem­ber of par­lia­ment Ram Karpal Singh of­fered his per­sonal take, and said the three should vol­un­tar­ily quit.

“They should quit on prin­ci­ple. The fact that they are still there speaks vol­umes (of their prin­ci­ples).”

On the coali­tion (Pakatan Hara­pan) as a whole, he said there must be a strate­gic rea­son to main­tain the three.

“Prob­a­bly (Azmin) wanted to keep a strong gov­ern­ment.”

Ear­lier, at the end of the 12th PKR Na­tional Congress, Azmin, who is also party deputy pres­i­dent, sug­gested the three Pas exco mem­bers would be main­tained in their cur­rent port­fo­lios.

“Do you see any changes?” Azmin said, adding that the mat­ter was also not an is­sue to be dis­cussed in the congress.

“It is not an is­sue. The Pas exco mem­bers are still there. Our fo­cus (at the congress) is to win the gen­eral elec­tion.”

On Pas’s re­quest to meet the PKR lead­er­ship on the for­mer’s po­si­tion in the state gov­ern­ment, Azmin said a date would be fixed on the mat­ter.

They should quit on prin­ci­ple. The fact that they are still there speaks vol­umes (of their prin­ci­ples).

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