PETALING JAYA: Outgoing Port Dickson MP Danyal Balagopal Abdullah has clarified that he was not forced to resign to enable Anwar Ibrahim to contest the seat and get into Parliament.
He also said insinuations that armed forces veterans and serving personnel who were voters in Port Dickson would not support PKR president-elect Anwar in the by-election and as their new MP was baseless.
“I hope all parties will view my resignation as it is and not speculate on the matter with prejudice.
“I would like to state very clearly that I had duly considered the welfare of veterans before I decided to tender my resignation,” he said in a statement today.
He added that he would continue to serve the people of Port Dickson with the support of prime minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim.
Yesterday, Danyal had announced his resignation as the MP for Port Dickson triggering a by-election.
He was responding to the National Patriots Association (Patriot) which warned of a possible backlash from veterans if Danyal had been forced to vacate the seat for Anwar.
Patriot president Brig-Gen (Rtd) Mohamed Arshad Raji said veterans had welcomed Danyal’s victory in the May 9 polls, hoping he would fill the void left by previous Lumut MP Mohamad Imran who, like Danyal, was also a first admiral.
Danyal said he appreciated the concern raised by Arshad that the veterans had lost a representative in the Dewan Rakyat to raise issues linked to military matters and the welfare of veterans.
He noted that apart from Patriot there were also other organisations such as the Retired Armed Forces Officers Association (Rafoc), Retired Malaysian Naval Officers Associations (RMNOA), and the Armed Forces Veterans Association,
“I can confirm that not all these reputable veterans organisations share the same views as Arshad,” he said.
He said he was disappointed that Patriot, which fought for veterans, had not urged the government to appoint a veteran as defence minister or deputy defence minister when the cabinet was being formed.