No issue with PD move now, says Patriot

Brig-Gen (Rtd) Mohamed Arshad Raji.

PETALING JAYA: The National Patriots Association (Patriot), which was highly critical of a PKR MP vacating his seat and triggering a by-election in Port Dickson, said they have no issue with the matter now.

“They made the announcement and we have no issue and we accept,” its president Brig-Gen (Rtd) Mohamed Arshad Raji told FMT when contacted.

Patriot had previously hit out at Danyal Balagopal Abdullah for resigning as Port Dickson MP to make way for Anwar Ibrahim to contest in a by-election in the constituency.

Arshad then said that Danyal, a retired rear admiral, had betrayed his voters and was merely “a piece in the chessboard used in the game of politics to suit his party’s convenience”.

He also said it was “ridiculous” for Danyal to have won the seat in a hard-fought battle only to give it up. Arshad, however, said the group was not against Anwar contesting in a by-election.

On Anwar’s promise today that he would continue to speak up for veterans, Arshad said he was grateful for that.

“But we will hold him to it as it is not only Patriot which will be keeping tabs but also 300,000-odd veterans and their families.”