Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Leave us out of your squabble with PAS, GPS tells DAP

GPS distances itself from the spat over electoral boundaries which PAS recently said are skewed and unfair to predominantly Malay states.

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GPS today said it should not be dragged into the quarrel between DAP and PAS, after DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng accused the Sarawak ruling coalition of betraying Sarawakians by backing Perikatan Nasional alongside the Islamist party.

“Both DAP and PAS used to be bed partners in Pakatan Rakyat and they should know each other well,” Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, the vice-president of GPS’ lynchpin party PBB, told MalaysiaNow.

“Leave GPS and Bornean parties out of their squabble.”

Karim was responding to Lim’s comment that GPS, alongside non-Malay parties such as MCA and MIC, should be answerable for any move to redraw electoral borders along racial and religious lines.

This came on the back of a statement by a PAS leader that the current electoral boundaries are skewed and unfair to predominantly Malay states, citing the number of parliamentary seats represented by Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah and Pahang.

PAS’ Khairuddin Aman Razali had also proposed that the boundaries be redrawn so that the states are better representated in the federal legislative.

Lim reportedly said that proposal amounted to apartheid and a denial of non-Muslim rights.

Karim, who is Sarawak’s state minister for tourism, dismissed the talk, saying the Election Commission has its own way of carving out electoral boundaries.

“No isolated opinion from PAS leaders will change that, and Guan Eng need not lower himself so low to debate on an issue he knows is isolated and not the stand of all Malaysians,” he added.

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