Black Tuesday as DAP battles for Perak support

Lim addressing members at the Perak DAP emergency meeting earlier today. Pic by Choo Choy May

[...] State party secretary Nga Kor Ming echoed Lim’s statement, saying there is room for differences within the party. Hee turned independent claiming she had differences with Nga and his cousin, Perak DAP chief Datuk Seri Ngeh Koo Ham who in turn said he couldn’t fulfil her demand for a new official car as deputy state secretary.

The Malaysian Insider has learnt that Hee will get an executive councillor post in the Barisan Nasional government being sworn in tomorrow.

Despite being stung by Hee’s defection, Ngeh grudgingly said defections were practical as current laws forbid lawmakers from contesting any elections if they quit their seat.

“We support an anti-hopping law, 100 per cent. But if an elected rep says he can no longer stand for his party’s immoral practices, then we invite him to resign from his seat,” he said, insisting DAP would not “entice or promise” anything to those who wanted to defect to its ranks.

Meanwhile, Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran brushed off talk of further defections especially among Indian assemblymen who heard Barisan Nasional has reserved seats for them in the new administration. Barisan Nasional has 28 seats, of which Umno has 27 and MCA one, leading to fears that the Indian community will not be represented in the government.

“They think they can do it that way, let them try,” Kulasegaran said, referring to the purported offer. [read more]

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