Penang deputy CM asks if Azmin has ‘other ideas’ in supporting Umno crossovers

Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy says past misdeeds cannot be ignored.

PETALING JAYA: Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy has criticised Mohamed Azmin Ali’s stand on the recent admission of former Umno MPs into PPBM, asking if the PKR deputy president is preparing to secure his own political future.

“Azmin’s open endorsement of this move by PPBM suggests he might have other ideas on the future of the country’s leadership and his actual role,” Ramasamy said, commenting on the decision by PPBM to confirm the membership of seven MPs who left Umno last year.

Ramasamy’s remarks come just two days after Azmin denied a rumour that he would be expelled from PKR.

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).

While the move was criticised by several DAP leaders who said it was a worrying development, Azmin said it was of no concern to other parties in Pakatan Harapan (PH).

The economic affairs minister also said the Umno politicians who left the party had repented.

“These are individuals who have come to the realisation that Umno is not a party that can guarantee the future. The party is still playing up racial issues, so these MPs feel that it is not the way forward,” said Azmin.

However, Ramasamy questioned if Shabudin, who attracted controversy over his remarks supporting marriage as a solution for some statutory rape victims, now had a different view on the issue.

“I don’t really remember Shabudin ever saying sorry or repenting for making such an insensitive and obnoxious remark about the victims,” he said.

Adding that other Umno politicians had criminal records, Ramasamy asked if they would be forgiven by PH.

“The simple thing is that you just cannot ignore the past misdeeds of someone in making decisions,” he said.

His views echo concerns voiced by DAP leaders including secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh, Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh and Sungai Pelek assemblyman Ronnie Liu.

Ramasamy said for now, those opposed to ex-Umno members coming into the PH fold would not openly condemn PPBM.

But while PPBM would be strengthened in numbers, he warned of future problems.

“Although there is no outright hostility at the moment, the future is uncertain.”