PETALING JAYA: A DAP MP has called on PPBM to reject Rahim Thamby Chik’s application to join the party, saying it would damage the state government’s integrity.
Citing some of the past scandals linked to the former Melaka chief minister, Khoo Poay Tiong also said that should PPBM accept the former Melaka chief minister’s application, it would erode the people’s confidence in Melaka PH.
“The decision to quit the party is well within their rights, but I strongly reject any suggestion for Rahim Thamby Chik and his followers to join any of the parties in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition in Melaka,” the Kota Melaka parliamentarian said in a statement.
Earlier today, Rahim submitted his membership form to join PPBM, becoming the latest Umno politician to leave the party which has recently seen an exodus of members, including former ministers.
Rahim, who was Melaka chief minister from 1982 to 1994, said he quit Umno, where he had been a member for over four decades, as it could no longer champion the Malays.
PPBM, he claimed, did so more “efficiently and effectively”.
Khoo urged the PH Presidential Council to discuss the party-hopping issue urgently and make a decision to reject applications of former Umno members.
“The acceptance of former Umno leaders and members into PH is a betrayal against the people and PH members who have struggled against the Barisan Nasional regime for many years.”
If Rahim becomes a member of PPBM, he will be in the same coalition as DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, who in the past had accused Rahim of raping an underaged girl.
In 1995, Lim was sentenced by the Melaka High Court for maliciously printing false news under the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 and under the Sedition Act 1948, over the matter.
Lim was sentenced to 18 months’ jail but was released after 12 months.
Rahim, however, denied the rape claim and was never prosecuted although he resigned as Melaka chief minister.
He recently alleged on Facebook that he was the victim of a conspiracy.
PPBM had previously said it would only consider Umno members who were not involved with the “grand corruption of the previous administration”.
The party’s strategist, Rais Hussin today said that many of those who left Umno remain independents and would be subject to “further scrutiny to verify if they have truly repented”.