Accept Nazri’s support? Why not take Najib’s as well, asks MP

Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh says voters will be disillusioned if Anwar Ibrahim accepts support from Nazri Aziz.

PETALING JAYA: Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh says it would be wrong for PKR or Pakatan Harapan (PH) to accept support from Nazri Aziz in the Port Dickson by-election as the Padang Rengas MP is only seeking a way to return to government.

In a statement, Ramkarpal who is chairman of DAP’s national legal bureau said it was well known that Nazri was a vocal critic of PH during his time in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration.

“He has only changed his stance now that he’s not (in government),” he added. “There can be no doubt that Nazri is an opportunist.

“Why not accept (former prime minister) Najib Razak as part of the campaign as well if he was to offer his support?”

Nazri, who was tourism and culture minister under BN, was reported as saying that he would support Anwar Ibrahim in the Port Dickson by-election which was announced on Wednesday to pave the way for the PKR leader’s return to Parliament.

He said it was best for Umno in order for the party to get back into government.

“I don’t foresee Umno being in government in the near future but there is some common thinking among Umno MPs that we should come back into government as early as possible,” he was quoted as saying by Malaysiakini.

Ramkarpal said PH and PKR would be disillusioning voters if they accepted Nazri’s support.

“They voted in a new government. They don’t want people like Nazri anywhere near that new government,” he said.

He added that Anwar himself would be doing the people a “great disservice” by accepting Nazri as part of his campaign and warned that it could cause a drop in support.