Kedah Amanah chairman Phahrolrazi Mohd Zawawi, who was sacked from the party yesterday, has said that he was shocked by the decision but does not regret or feel sad about it.
The state assemblyman for Alor Mengkudu said he was sacked for trying to defend the Jerai parliamentary seat, which he said should be contested by a candidate from Amanah and not DAP in the 15th general election on Nov 19.
"I’ve been dropped from the party for defending the Jerai seat from being contested by DAP as it should instead be given to Amanah, which is qualified to vie for it for the good of Pakatan Harapan (PH)," he said at a press conference in Gurun yesterday.
"This is a Malay-majority parliamentary seat which is not suitable as a testing ground for the DAP candidate as the sentiment of Malay voters is that they cannot fully accept the party yet," he added.
Phahrolrazi said he would not appeal against his sacking from the party.
Amanah had sacked Phahrolrazi from the party for violating its constitution and going against the party’s decision and acting against the interests of the party.
Its secretary-general Mohd Hatta Md Ramli said that Phahrolrazi’s sacking from Amanah was based on the provisions in Clause 6.2(b). He said the decision was made by the party's National Management Committee which met yesterday.
DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke Siew Fook meanwhile said that the party’s decision to field a candidate for the Jerai parliamentary seat was agreed on by the PH Presidential Council.
He said the move should not have been an issue among component parties as seat negotiations, especially for those in Bersatu’s hands, had been completed previously with Amanah agreeing to contest in Alor Gajah and DAP in Jerai.
"Negotiations are done in the spirit of the coalition, so it was conducted well and harmoniously, with any differences we have dealt with internally," he told reporters yesterday.