DAP in support of Dr M continuing as prime minister, says Guan Eng

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KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 24): DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the party will continue to nominate Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the prime minister at the Pakatan Harapan Presidential Council emergency meeting tonight.

In a statement, he said he had met with Dr Mahathir this morning at his residence and confirmed that the premier had quit as he cannot work with Umno.

“I wish to confirm The Edge’s headline: ‘Dr M quits as he does not want to work with Umno’. Tun Dr Mahathir clearly stated that he cannot work with Umno when we worked so hard to reject Umno successfully in the 2018 general elections,” he said.

He commended Dr Mahathir's position of refusing to work with an Umno whose leaders "are involved in corrupt practices and misrule".

“DAP commends Tun’s principled position of refusing to work with an Umno whose leaders are involved in corrupt practices and misrule causing Malaysia to be labelled as a ‘global kleptocracy at its worst’.

“This is the first time that a Malaysian Prime Minister is prepared to resign on principle to uphold integrity and combat corruption,” said Lim.

He said the party condemns the exodus of several Pakatan Harapan leaders and MPs that attempted to form a backdoor government to replace the existing democratically-elected government with a new coalition, Perikatan Nasional, comprising Umno, PAS, MCA, MIC and certain PPBM leaders, with “PKR renegades led by Datuk Seri Azmin Ali”.

"I will answer questions about the stimulus package on Tuesday," he said in reply to a question from reporters about this.

The stimulus package was set to be unveiled by Dr Mahathir on Thursday (Feb 27) and was aimed at addressing the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on the economy.

He added that they should focus on the situation at hand right now, as he said it was not every day that a Prime Minister resigns.