DAP plans to get absolute power in Penang, claims Umno rep
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Pulau Betong assemblyman Datuk Muhammad Farid Saad claimed the DAP wanted to gain absolute power in Penang. â" File picture by KE Ooi GEORGE TOWN, Nov 24 â" The âexemptionâ of a Penang PKR assemblyman from handing out the stateâs RM700 flood relief could be a precursor to DAP gaining âabsolute powerâ in Penang, Umno assemblyman Datuk Muhammad Farid Saad claimed today.
The Pulau Betong assemblyman said DAP could be formulating a plan or strategising a way to gain absolute power in Penang.
âIf DAP can obtain easy majority in the state assembly, it no longer needs other parties to form the state government,â he said in a statement issued today.
He said its Pakatan Harapan allies, PKR and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah), will become âmelukut di tepi gantangâ (be left by the wayside) if DAP wins 21 state seats in Penang.
âPerhaps DAP feel they are strong enough to rule Penang without their allies who had helped them to win the state back in 2008,â he said.
He said Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Engâs actions in stopping PKR assemblyman Cheah Kah Peng from handling the RM700 one-off payment was undemocratic and a disrespect of the peopleâs choice.
âI am not surprised if Barisan Nasional assemblymen were not allowed to handle the flood relief payment but if a PKR assemblyman, who is also part of the Pakatan Harapan state government, was not allowed to do so, the whole situation is awkward,â he said.
He questioned why Cheahâs duty as the Kebun Bunga assemblyman was taken away and given to the Pulau Tikus assemblyman who is from DAP.
âDoes this mean Penang DAP plans to take over all state seats that are currently represented by PKR in the 14th general election?â he asked.
He accused the current DAP-led administration of ignoring the voices of non-governmental organisations and the people of Penang after they were instrumental in DAPâs win in 2008.
âIt is clear that the Lim Guan Eng administration cannot be criticised and any criticisms are considered as an opposition against them,â he said.
He believed that Cheah could have been sidelined because he had criticised the chief minister in the legislative assembly.
âBefore this, PKRâs Penanti assemblyman Norlela Ariffin was also pressured when she raised the issue of the illegal factory in Sungai Le mbu in her constituency,â he said.