Pakatan Harapan’s decision to sideline MUDA in the upcoming Melaka State Election is due to a technical error, said PH Chairperson, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
After announcing the candidates for PH at a press conference, Anwar admirltted that talks were recently held with at least three Muda leaders, but he declined to elaborate on the details of the discussions.
“That (discussion) was earlier, but of course it (fielding of Muda candidates) did not materialise.”
“I think there were some technical problems.”
Anwar made the remark around an hour before MUDA founder, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman lambasted PH for fielding “kataks” and prioritising power.
He was quizzed by a reporter on the outcome of discussions with MUDA leaders over political cooperation in Melaka.
Syed Saddiq said MUDA decided to pull out when the PH leadership decided to field former UMNO veteran Datuk Seri Idris Haron and his followers.
PH had confirmed that Idris will be running for the Asahan seat as part of PKR’s 11-seat allocation, while Pantai Kundor incumbent and former Umno representative, Datuk Nor Azman Hassan will defend his seat under the PH banner as part of Amanah’s nine-seat allocation.
“For nearly two weeks, MUDA has been discussing with PH to form a united opposition front in the state election.”
“Unfortunately, PH decided in the end to field and prioritise the political frogs that triggered the fall of the Melaka administration,” Syed Saddiq said.
“MUDA rejects the politics of frogs (party-hoppers), undignified politics, and politics without principles that have caused problems for the public, which have led to the waste of RM42 million (of taxpayer money) for a state election amid the pandemic.”
“Muda has made the decision not to be together with PH for this state election because we do not want to carry that brand of undignified politics without any values.”
“We have taken the decision to sit out this election. We don’t want to prioritise seats over principles.”
“We want to carry politics based on values and policies, not political frogs,” he said in a harsh criticism of opposition coalition.
The Muar MP called for Melaka folks to reject “politics without value” that demeaned their rights as voters during the 2018 general election.