Guan Eng slams ‘illegal’ moves to break up PH

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

PETALING JAYA: Lim Guan Eng today called for action to be taken against those attempting to illegally remove any of the parties in the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition, amidst rumours that a former minister was pushing for a new government to be formed without DAP and Parti Amanah.

Lim, who is DAP’s secretary-general, said such attempts were a “betrayal of democracy” as well as the clear and unequivocal mandate of the rakyat.

“DAP urges all parties to respect the PH electoral mandate to rule Malaysia through the five component parties of PH comprising PPBM, DAP, PKR, Amanah and Warisan,” he said in a message to mark Deepavali tomorrow.

Lim also said that Malaysians must not underestimate the threats posed by those who wish to disrupt national unity with extremist and racist statements.

“We must remain vigilant against those who openly wish to replace PH by undemocratic means or by those in ‘deep state’ who undermines the administration and cohesiveness of PH,“ he said and reiterated the party’s support for Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the transition plan which would see PKR president Anwar Ibrahim take over the reins at an unspecified date.

It was recently reported that former defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein was allegedly pushing for a government without DAP and Amanah, a charge that he denies.

Hishammuddin, who is also a former Umno vice-president, said such accusations were ridiculous.

PH had also accused him of promoting race-based politics in his writings, an allegation which he has also denied.

Lim went on to state that his party was against oppressive laws such as the Special Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma), under which two DAP members, both state assemblymen, have been detained over alleged links to the now-defunct Sri Lankan group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

He said the law should be abolished as promised in the PH manifesto.