GEORGE TOWN – Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng agrees with Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali’s assertion that Exco’s from PAS in the Selangor state government should step down after the party officially severed ties with PKR.
He asked how can one be divorced (jatuh talak) yet still “duduk sekatil” (share the same bed) and felt this was not right.
“If in a divorce yet they share the same bed, then what type of sin is this? Is it sin? I do not know. I am just asking.
“How can there be a divorce yet still be sharing of the bed? No, cannot,” the DAP secretary general said in a press conference today after a launching a waste segregation program at Air Putih here.
Azmin was reported to have told the four PAS Exco members in his government to resign after the Syura Council decided to break the “tahaluf siyasi” (political cooperation) with PKR.
The decision by the Council, the highest decision making body of PAS, comes after the party’s 63rd muktamar (assembly) passed a motion to break ties with PKR.
With the latest move, the last tie binding Pakatan Rakyat (PR), formed after the 2008 General Elections, have been sundered as the Islamist party also broke ties with DAP a few years ago.
On the sole PAS assemblyman in Penang, Lim said Permatang Pasir assemblyman Datuk Salleh Man was still supported by the Penang Pakatan Harapan (PH) government and his leadership. PH was formed after PAS broke ties with the DAP.
He said Salleh has also been boycotted by PAS which he described as “sesat” (lost) as the party did not know how to differentiate between “kawan” (friend) or “lawan” (foe).
“Friends are treated as foes while foes are treated as friends, that is a lost party which is confused,” he added.
On the disqualification of Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon, Lim said the decision will be challenged in court while the party will be preparing for the by-election.
He described what happened as an abuse of power by the Sarawak legislature which has a Barisan Nasional (BN) majority.
He noted the court had previously ruled, the election for the seat was valid, so the motion to disqualify Ting ignores the court.
He said the decision of the courts should be respected as any state legislatures, like Penang, could also follow what the Sarawak legislature had done.
“But we will not do so because this is a democracy where the election results have to be respected,” he said.
Ting was disqualified from his seat after the Sarawak legislature passed a motion on May 12 to do so citing his alleged Australian citizenship.