PETALING JAYA: Rafizi Ramli has warned PKR not to take risky shortcuts in their zeal for power in Melaka by embracing “problematic frogs” like former state chief minister Idris Haron and three other assemblymen.
Their defection led to the collapse of the Barisan Nasional-led (BN) state government, resulting in the Melaka state election that has been fixed for Nov 20.
Rafizi, who is PKR vice-president, issued this warning in a Facebook post, in response to news that Idris and his other three allies had reached out to PKR to contest in the state election under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) banner.
“The people have suffered from the Covid-19 pandemic because of the struggle between BN and Perikatan Nasional politicians for political power and wealth.
“Plus, these four have a bad track record, with some of them having the knack for insulting others. These are not the type of candidates that we want to present to the people.”
The former Pandan MP also reminded some PKR politicians not to let their obsession with winning back Melaka cloud their judgement.
“Don’t let that obsession with power influence your decision by looking for shortcuts,” Rafizi said.
It was reported recently that Idris (Sungai Udang), along with Norhizam Hassan Baktee (Pengkalan Batu), Noor Effendi Ahmad (Telok Mas), and Nor Azman Hassan (Pantai Kundor) had reached out to PKR and expressed their interest in contesting under PH in the state polls.
Idris and Nor Azman were sacked from Umno, while Noor Effandi’s membership was terminated by Bersatu for their action in retracting their support for the state government and chief minister Sulaiman Md Ali earlier this month.
As a result of their action, Melaka governer Mohd Ali Rustam agreed to dissolve the state assembly on Oct 5.