KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 — DAP is sticking to its stand that it will not accept any party hoppers.

Its secretary-general Anthony Loke Siew Fook said the decision applied either to former DAP members or individuals from other parties (outsiders).

He said this in a response to a report saying that former Melaka assemblyman Datuk Norhizam Hassan Baktee is eyeing a chance to become a Member of Parliament (MP) in the coming general election, by contesting as an UMNO or DAP member. 

“The case is very clear, he (Norhizam) hopped out  (of DAP) when we were down, but now thinking of coming back (to us).

“He had lost in the (Melaka) state election last November (after hopping out of DAP) and wants a new platform to make a comeback but he can forget about it, we have many other good candidates,” he said in a virtual press conference today. 

On the party’s decision to propose DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang to be the party’s mentor, Loke said it was based on his seniority.

”The position is not in the party structure and not in the party constitution, his role would be like an advisor…but we respect his decision not to take  up the offer,” Loke said. 

Yesterday Bernama had reported that the DAP veteran, who is also the MP for Iskandar Puteri,had rejected the party’s Central Executive Committee’s (CEC) proposal to be a mentor but would always be available to offer his views on the party’s new direction.

Meanwhile, at the press conference, Loke also announced who will be the party representatives in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) presidential council. They are himself, Lim Guan Eng (DAP National Chairman), Gobind Singh Deo (Deputy Chairman), Nga Kor Ming (DAP Vice Chairman), M.Kulasegaran (DAP Vice Chairman).

Other than them, also Steven Sim Chee Keong (DAP National Organising Secretary) Dr. Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen (DAP Socialist Youth (Dapsy) Chief) and Chong Eng (DAP Women’s wing chief).

PH is made up of DAP, PKR and Amanah.


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