SUNGAI SIPUT, Feb 19 – Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin(Pic) said the conflict between Johor DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) showed there was no consensus and understanding in the opposition coalition.
He said the conflict which developed into an open quarrel between the opposition parties gave a bad picture and would affect public confidence in the opposition pact.
“The tussle over seats will not be resolved even if the general election is tomorrow and they will continue to disagree with each other over seats.
“As for direction and policies, they are also not on the same path. This is the reality in the opposition pact,” he told reporters after attending the 1Malaysia People’s Gathering at the Kemas Activity Centre, here, today. Muhyiddin was asked to comment on the Johor DAP-PKR conflict which resulted in DAP national chairman Karpal Singh expressing his concern in a statement yesterday.
Karpal was also reported to have said that DAP viewed seriously Johor DAP chairman Dr Boo Cheng Hau’s allegation that state PKR chief Datuk Chua Jui Meng was mounting a campaign against him. Muhyiddin said he had expected a conflict like this would happen among the opposition parties.
“It’s an old story, actually, which has now come to boiling point. As for Chua, even many in PKR have not much confidence in him,” he said of the former MCA leader who quit the party and then joined PKR. Muhyiddin also said that the opposition had begun to feel threatened with the increasing public support for Barisan Nasional (BN), so much so they had resorted to spreading lies such as there was no unity in BN as its leaders were at loggerheads.
“Let’s not be easily hoodwinked by such allegations by the opposition,” he said in response to Perak PAS’ statement in a news portal today claiming to have received information that Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir would be dropped in the upcoming 13th general election.
On BN’s position in Perak, he said it was stable while the opposition’s was not.
“The state BN is not only assisted by the federal government to ensure stability but also for continued development.
“This is all clear before us, and the people know that the situation now is better than before,” he said.
Asked on the BN candidate for the Sungai Siput parliamentary seat following Zambry’s announcement in his speech that Sungai Siput BN chairman Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu would not be contesting, Muhyiddin said the candidate would be revealed “when the time comes”.
“We respect the principles in BN and we take into consideration all factors.
“Whoever chosen to contest is not representing himself but BN, and any policy (in the party) is not his but BN’s,” he said.