Thursday, August 18, 2022

Keadilan claims as a consistent Pakatan Harapan partner

Secara Rawak

On behalf of KEADILAN, I would like to clarify some points raised today by YAB Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang, that KEADILAN had allegedly acted unilaterally in the past with regards to several state and parliamentary by-elections, namely that of Permatang Pauh, Penanti and Kajang. With due respect to YAB Lim, there are several factual matters which I must raise in order to present a clearer picture on this issue.

First and foremost, there is a huge difference between a single-seat by-election and a state-wide one: the former involves a single seat held by one political party, while the latter involves – as in the case of Penang – 40 seats which has a wider impact affecting more than one political party. All three examples raised by YAB Lim were in fact single-seat by-elections where KEADILAN was the incumbent, and the immediate impact was on KEADILAN itself.

With regards to Permatang Pauh, whether it was the 2008 or 2015 by-election, both were centered around the unending political persecution of KEADILAN party leader DS Anwar Ibrahim. In 2008, as the General Election was conducted several months before DS Anwar was eligible to contest after he was released from prison, the by-election was to enable him to return to Parliament and lead a effective and regalvanized Federal Opposition; while in 2015, it was because DS Anwar yet again became Malaysia’s number one political prisoner.

With respect to the Penanti by-election in 2009, KEADILAN was in fact acting upon concerns raised by the Penang DAP leadership with regards to the non-performance of the former state assemblyperson.

And in relation to the 2014 Kajang by-election, several discussions, meetings, and consultations were held with DAP and other Pakatan Rakyat leaders. After the rationale for the by-election was presented, the DAP leadership was supportive of the move to strengthen the Pakatan administration in Selangor.

KEADILAN has always been a consistent partner in political coalitions, be it Barisan Alternatif, Pakatan Rakyat or Pakatan Harapan. We have always consulted with, listened to, and acted upon concerns raised by our coalition partners, and will continue to do so in order to work together towards building a better Malaysia.

* Fahmi Fadzil is Keadilan Communications Director

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