As 'court cluster' drifts to opposition, DAP insists it won't work with kleptocrats

Hariz Mohd, Ng Xiang Yi
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As 'court cluster' drifts to opposition, DAP insists it won't work with kleptocrats
As 'court cluster' drifts to opposition, DAP insists it won't work with kleptocrats

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng insisted that his party won't work with "kleptocrats" amid a faction in Umno, many of whom are facing graft cases, drifting towards the opposition.

He also reiterated the need for Pakatan Harapan to gather all opposition parties together, including those not part of the coalition.

"We need the formula to win the 15th general election by uniting all Malaysians who are prepared to defend parliamentary democracy and stop Perikatan Nasional (PN) from turning Malaysia into a failed state.

"To fulfil this goal, the DAP stresses that it won't work with kleptocrats," he told the Perak DAP convention in Ipoh today.

Lim's position also highlights the divide within Harapan, particularly between DAP and PKR.

PKR does not have a favourable view of the other opposition parties, particularly former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad's Parti Pejuang Tanahair (Pejuang), as it blames him for the Harapan government's collapse last year.

PKR also has communication channels open with the Umno faction, which rival Bersatu often referred to as the "court cluster" as many of their leaders are on trial.

The "court cluster" drifted towards the opposition after becoming angry over Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's refusal to drop their graft cases.

'Uphold parliamentary democracy system'

Lim also called for all opposition parties and individual MPs to come together in upholding the parliamentary democracy system.

To do this, Harapan as the largest opposition bloc should initiate a meeting between all opposition parties and like-minded MPs, he added.

"We must restore the Parliament (system) to protect the people's rights. The economy has been in bad shape.

"I do not have to elaborate much on this. The people are getting more financially desperate, income keeps going down, and the government is not giving enough help," he said.

Lim criticised the government's refusal to reconvene Parliament and likened the country to Myanmar, which recently saw a military coup.

He said the executive has hijacked the rights of Parliament to legislate laws, and instead passed its own laws.

Pointing to several recent ones passed by the government under the Emergency Ordinance, Lim said such laws would have never been approved in the Dewan Rakyat.

"Now those who violate Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) can be fined RM10,000. And if the case goes to court, the amount can go up to RM100,000 or up to seven years’ jail.

"This shows how important it is for us to have laws debated and passed by Parliament. If this was debated in Parliament, we would not support it. I believe other MPs, including those in the government, will also not support such a massive amount of fine.

"Now the rakyat who do not scan MySejahtera and fail to wear face masks will be fined RM10,000. But when ministers don't wear masks, there's no action," the Bagan MP said.

"(For example) recently, when PM returned from overseas, there was a welcoming party that violated the SOP. Will action be taken against them or will there be a double standard?"