By Chew Lip Song
THE DAP Socialist Youth (DAPSY) secretary wants the party to consider severing ties with Parti Keadilan Rakyat, even if this leads to the collapse of Pakatan Harapan (PH).
Eric Teh Hoong Keat said this follows the coalition’s failure to oppose the policy stage of Budget 2021 in Dewan Rakyat on Thursday, which has led to the party receiving widespread public condemnation.
Teh also wants Opposition head Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to issue a public apology over the latter’s last-minute instructions to PH MPs not to reject the vote.
“Following PH’s sudden decision to not to call for bloc voting during the second reading, Anwar must publicly apologise to the rakyat and PH component parties for his misjudgement, or else DAP should be decisive to separate with PKR, disband Harapan and regroup the opposition parties,” he said in a statement last night.
Teh added that the public had high hopes that the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government which had ousted PH from Putrajaya in February can be removed, with the Budget being voted down, but this did not materialise.
Even if the Budget failed to be voted down on Thursday due to insufficient numbers, the public would not blame PH for having tried to do so, he said.
Teh said although Anwar had repeatedly claimed to have enough MPs to support the latter’s bid to topple the Perikatan Nasional government, he had not shown proof of this.
“This has led to a public relations crisis and destroyed PH’s credibility and doused the flames of reformasi among the people,” he said.
On Thursday, Anwar directed PH MPs not to proceed with a bloc vote on the budget because he would not want to be seen as rejecting new incentives announced by Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz.
Anwar had also clarified that PH would oppose portions of the Budget which the coalition did not agree upon at the committee stage in the Dewan Rakyat.