More gains for BN as second DAP leader renounces PAS The Sun Daily
29 April 2013 - 10:34pm
Second DAP leader KUALA LUMPUR (April 29, 2013): As Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders sought to downplay their glaring differences on the Islamic state issue, the Barisan Nasional (BN) made further gains when a second DAP leader called on non-Muslim voters to reject PAS candidates.
The call by Johor DAP deputy chairman Norman Fernandez to non-Muslim voters not to vote for PAS as it was hell-bent on creating an Islamic state and implementing hudud, was on Sunday echoed by Kedah DAP leader S. Neelamekan.
"I will certainly not vote for PAS and I urge DAP members and Malaysians to do the same. The party does not deserve our votes," Neelamekan was quoted as saying in an English daily today.
Neelamekan, who is Lunas DAP branch chief, said he was making the statement in his personal capacity as he felt it would be against his conscience if he does not speak up on the issue.
Fernandez's statement, which was first published in a blog posting on Saturday, had the PR coalition scrambling to control the damage, claiming it was his personal view and not the party's stand.
Quickly capitalising on the breach in the PR alliance, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, had congratulated Fernandez for his bravery in "speaking out the truth" declaring that his statement proves the MCA's warning that "a vote for DAP, is a vote for PAS".
Chua had challenged the DAP to sack Fernandez, if his statement was untrue.
Joining the fray, Gerakan vice-president Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan also dared the DAP to sack the duo for going against the party.
"Stop hoodwinking and misleading the people that PAS will not implement hudud law," Teng said in a statement.
DAP central executive committee member Anthony Loke, when contacted, said any decision on action to be taken against Fernandez and Neelakeman will only be made after the general election.
"Right now we are focusing on the elections," he said in response to Chua's challenge.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the cooperation between the three PR component parties was based on common policies but each party had the right to pursue its own political agenda .
"The struggle for an Islamic state is PAS's struggle, not PR's, while DAP's fight for a constitutional state is DAP's," Lim told a press conference today.
Meanwhile, PAS central committee member Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad urged Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders not to "shoot each other's feet" and to instead focus on the bigger battle of defeating BN in the polls.
"We (should) choose our battle (and) fight the battle that we choose," Dzulkefly said at PAS headquarters today.
He cautioned that PR will lose out if the leaders try to fight all fronts by responding to every single perceived attack against their goal to form the next federal administration.