GEORGE TOWN: Former chief minister Lim Guan Eng led his fellow assemblymen in a show of support for the Pakatan Harapan-led state government today, following rumours of further defections to Perikatan Nasional.
In a statement, Lim, the Air Putih assemblymen, and 21 other backbenchers said they would push back any efforts to overthrow the state government.
“We have advised our fellow assemblymen who have now joined the opposition bench to be responsible and not to resort to spreading lies (regarding more crossovers).
“We the backbenchers will stand behind the leadership of Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow,” a statement signed by the 22 said.
The backbenchers do not include the 11 executive councillors aligned to PH, including the chief minister.
The group also reminded those who had jumped ship to the opposition that they may lose their seats under the state constitution which bars assemblymen from switching sides.
Penang’s 40-member state assembly has 33 PH members, comprising 19 from DAP, 12 from PKR and two from Amanah.
The seven opposition members are made up of three from PPBM, two from Umno, one from PAS and one independent.
Before the formation of PN, there were just three opposition reps – the two from Umno and one from PAS.
Dr Afif Bahardin, one of two Penang PKR leaders recently sacked by PKR, is said to be joining PPBM, while the other, Zulkifli Ibrahim, has said he will be an independent for now.
Meanwhile, PPBM’s Khaliq Mehtab Mohd Ishaq and Zolkifly Md Lazim have announced that they will be PN-friendly.
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