DAP leaders keep mum on exco issue
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).