PETALING JAYA – Pakatan Harapan treasurer M Kulasegaran has rubbished an Umno minister’s claim that DAP was sidelined in the recently announced line-up.
“He is talking nonsense. It is very clear there are DAP leaders in the line-up,” he told FMT.
The Ipoh Barat MP was responding to Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak, who said no DAP member occupied any of the top posts in the opposition coalition.
Kula pointed out that DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng was PH’s deputy president, while Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen was a vice-president.
He added that Salleh would have taken issue either way, if DAP representatives had occupied many top posts.
“Imagine, if Lim Kit Siang was appointed to a top post, he would claim that Lim was controlling the coalition.”
In any case, Kula said Salleh had failed to recognise that everyone in PH, despite the hierarchy, was equal and that this was how the opposition had always been.
“He can’t stomach what has taken place. He can’t believe that we can be fair to everyone.”
Yesterday, PH announced its latest line-up in which Anwar Ibrahim was appointed as the leader and Dr Mahathir Mohamad as chairman.
PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali and his PPBM counterpart Mukhriz Mahathir were named as vice-presidents, along with DAP’s Chong Chieng Jen and Amanah’s Salahuddin Ayub.
The announcement came a month after speculation over the leadership structure of the new coalition, which will see the four opposition parties for the first time going to the polls using a common logo.
Salleh, in a blog post early this morning, asked why none of the highest posts in PH went to a DAP leader despite the party having the most number of MPs in the coalition.
“Is DAP being sidelined or was this an intentional move so that the opposition pact is perceived to be dominated by the Malays?” the former Sabah chief minister wrote.