GEORGE TOWN, Jun 6 – The DAP backs Parti Amanah Negara in the Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar by-elections because Amanah is its partner, along with PKR, in the Pakatan Harapan pact, said DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng. He said DAP did not have any agenda in supporting Amanah.
He said it is too much to accuse DAP of having a specific agenda. He said he do not want to get involved in such polemics. He told this in a press conference at his office, Komtar here today. Lim was commenting on a claim by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang that DAP was backing the Amanah candidates in the by-elections because the party was bent on checking the Islamic struggle brought by PAS.
Abdul Hadi said Amanah was contesting the two by-elections merely to split the votes for the opposition. Lim said DAP and Amanah had the same objective and agenda, which was to oppose the Barisan Nasional. The Kuala Kangsar by-election is a four-cornered contest among BN, PAS, Amanah and an Independent and the Sungai Besar by-election, a three-cornered fight among BN, PAS and Amanah.
The by-elections are being held following the deaths of the MPs, Datuk Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad of Kuala Kangsar and Tan Sri Noriah Kasnon of Sungai Besar, in a helicopter crash in Sarawak on May 5. Polling is on June 18. — Bernama