FORMER ambassador Yeop Adlan Che Rose has left PAS for DAP, citing confidence in the governance of opposition-led Penang.
Yeop, who was Malaysia’s ambassador to Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and several African countries, had represented the Islamist party as its candidate for the Hulu Langat parliamentary seat in 2004, and was part of PAS’ Lajnah Antarabangsa committee.
He was then seconded to PKR and elected as disciplinary committee chairman during the party’s leadership council reorganisation in April 2009.
“How can one say the Penang state government is anti-Malay? The state Islamic Religious Affairs Department gets RM14 million a year ,” said Yeop in an interview with Roketkini.com today.
He was responding to a question on what had convinced him to join a party deemed “anti-Malay” and “anti-Islam”.
He said he believed that Malays would achieve success in a country that was run in the way Penang was governed.
Yeop, who has 30 years’ experience in the public service, said Penang’s debt, which had been slashed from RM680 million to RM66 million, showed the competency of the DAP-led state government in handling the economy.
“The state government plugs the leaks. There are no leakages, no open tenders. There is spending, but it is done well,” he said, adding that he was impressed by Penang’s cleanliness.
“Fifty years of being under Barisan Nasional rule, and what did they do? There was no planning, it was chaotic and congested. There were rats in eateries, and Penang was infamous for the strong stench of rubbish.
“It took DAP only two terms, and now, look, the state is clean.”
Yeop’s family is no stranger to DAP. His father was the party’s candidate for the Alor Pongsu seat in the 1974 polls.
He said he previously joined PAS seeking to improve the lot of Malays, and because he was unhappy with stories of corruption in the government and the seeming indifference to Malays’ plight.
“I thought there was a way to fix things by fighting PAS’ struggle, but time has shown that the party has failed.”