Pua rues role in bringing Umno back to power

PETALING JAYA: A DAP leader who supported former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s proposed framework for bipartisan political cooperation has been left lamenting Umno’s return to the premiership.

Tony Pua said it was “bad” that Pakatan Harapan was kicked out of Putrajaya in February last year.

“But playing a major starring role in returning power to Umno? Devastating,” the Damansara MP said in a Facebook post today.

Pua was among the few voices who felt that Muhyiddin’s overtures, which were considered to be a last-ditch attempt to keep the Perikatan Nasional-led government intact, should be considered by the opposition bloc.

Pua had argued that Muhyiddin’s offers – which were summarily dismissed by all opposition parties – would potentially prevent an Umno MP from becoming prime minister.

DAP leader Tony Pua was among a few voices who felt that Muhyiddin Yassin’s overtures needed to be considered. (Bernama pic)

“The kleptocrats go free; the same clowns in Cabinet,” he had pointed out, referring to Umno leaders who were facing court charges.

Apart from Pua, Bangi MP Ong Kian Ming had also expressed an openness to discuss Muhyiddin’s proposals.

Their stand drew brickbats, including from DAP central executive committee member Ronnie Liu, who called on the duo to retract their statements, saying it had angered the people.

Ismail Sabri Yaakob was named the country’s ninth prime minister this evening, succeeding Muhyiddin, who resigned from the post on Monday.


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