PETALING JAYA: A PPBM leader has moved to allay fears from allies in Pakatan Harapan over the acceptance of former Umno MPs into the Malay party, saying the ultimate objective was to strengthen the eight-month-old new government.
Supreme Council member Redzuan Yusof was responding to DAP leaders who questioned the entry of seven MPs who were with the former Barisan Nasional government.
Describing the former Umno MPs as “good leaders” who should be allowed to “ride” on the new government, Redzuan also said most of them had “repented” over their past association with former leader Najib Razak.
“DAP and those having the fear of good leaders who join PPBM should understand that the ‘strengthening’ of PPBM was with the purpose to rebuild the nation,” Redzuan said.
Redzuan said PPBM would “pick and choose” those applying to join the party, saying they should have good credentials to help strengthen PPBM.
“Most of them would continue to be admitted as long as they repent,” he said.
On Tuesday, PPBM announced the entry of Tasek Gelugor MP Shabudin Yahaya, Hamzah Zainuddin (Larut), Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz (Tanah Merah), Mohamad Fasiah Mohd Fakeh (Sabak Bernam), Rosol Wahid (Hulu Terengganu), Abdul Latiff Ahmad (Mersing) and Mas Ermieyati Samsudin (Tanah Merah).
The move was criticised by several DAP leaders including secretary-general Lim Guan Eng who said it was a worrying development that could undermine the ruling coalition.