While DAP disagrees with the nomination of two former UMNO veterans by Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the Melaka polls, the party still recognises the need to “see the big picture” in order to help the coalition reclaim the state it won in 2018.
As such, it hopes its supporters could accept the nomination of former Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron and former Pantai Kundor Assemblyman Datuk Nor Azman Hassan under the PH banner.
In a press conference at the Melaka DAP headquarters today, Organising Secretary Loke Siew Fook said that the party had expressed its opposition, but had been voted down by its PH allies, PKR and Amanah.
“We have not changed our position, we still don’t agree with the two nominations,” he told the media.
“Some of our supporters have stated their unhappiness, but we have to explain to them that while DAP’s position has been made clear. We cannot just base our voting considerations on these two (UMNO veterans’ nominations).”
“What is at stake is that if they (DAP supporters) don’t come out to vote, or they do not vote for PH, it will cause PH not to have the opportunity to regain our mandate in Melaka.”
Loke added that this campaign will be the hardest in DAP’s history, as ceramahs, which has been banned due to Covid-19 concerns, have long been an important tool for the party to spread its message and collect donations from supporters.
In light of this, he said DAP would tonight begin an aggressive campaign that will air as many as three programmes a night on social media platforms, including talk shows and live discussions among supporters.
The party would also deploy trucks with video screens to help disseminate information about its candidates.