Tian Chua: PN grasping at straws to survive, should work with all for stability

PKR veep also says he is extremely saddened by Xavier Jayakumar’s defection.

Perikatan Nasional using intimidation and enticement to secure support from MPs only causes further instability, said PKR vice-president Tian Chua

This is after Kuala Langat MP Dr Xavier Jayakumar defected from PKR today saying it is to ensure the PN government “remained stable”.

“A government that survives by grasping at straws is not sustainable,” Chua said in a Facebook post today.

“The PN government tries to prolong its inevitable fall by splitting and breaking up its opponents or rivals,” he added.

He said if the PN government truly wanted stability, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin should call all parties for an inclusive consultation on how to weather the current social and economic crisis.

“All political forces regardless of their ideological persuasions have a collective responsibility and everyone must be part of the national reconstruction.

“PN cannot rule alone with a small clique while denying the voices of the majority representation,” he said.

Chua said he was “extremely” saddened by Jayakumar’s decision to defect.

The two had been running mates in the last PKR election as part of Azmin Ali’s camp.

“Xavier has been a comrade and a staunch supporter of the reform struggle. He was one of the founding members of Adil and a pioneer of PKR from day one.

“He sacrificed enormously and dedicated his life to the movement. For more than two decades he was part of the leadership team that built up a strong foundation for the party.

“It would be unfair to simply accuse him as a traitor,” he said.

Jayakumar had been part of PKR since 1998 when the party was called Parti Keadilan Nasional.

He was in the news last month after it was revealed that his “family friend” MA Thinagaran was arrested by the MACC.

Thinagaran was allegedly investigated over government projects in Perak initiated during the Pakatan Harapan administration.

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