Melaka polls: Status of four ex-assemblymen to be discussed later on Wednesday, says Anwar

Melaka polls: Status of four ex-assemblymen to be discussed later on Wednesday, says Anwar
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PORT DICKSON (Oct 20): Pakatan Harapan (PH) will hold a meeting later on Wednesday to discuss the status of four former Melaka assemblymen who withdrew their support for the Melaka Perikatan Nasional (PN) government and whether or not they will be allowed to contest in the upcoming state election on a PH ticket.

PH chairman Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the coalition had taken note of the uneasiness of some quarters if the four former assemblymen, including Datuk Norhizam Hassan Baktee of Pengkalan Batu, were to be fielded as opposition candidates in the state polls on Nov 20.

“Whatever it is, we will discuss it in the meeting later today (Wednesday),” Anwar said after attending the Maulidur Rasul celebration at his constituency here.

ON PKR’s move in inviting the four assemblymen to a briefing with the PKR president in Melaka on Monday, Anwar said it was only a gesture of gratitude for them for bringing changes to the state.

On Tuesday, the media reported that DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said his party would not accept Norhizam back to be fielded as a PH candidate in the Melaka polls.

On March 10 last year, DAP sacked Norhizam, who was the then Melaka DAP deputy chairman, after he defected and pledged support for the PN-led state government.

The three other assemblymen who withdrew their support for the Melaka PN government were Datuk Seri Idris Haron (Barisan Nasional-Sungai Udang), Datuk Nor Azman Hassan (Barisan Nasional-Pantai Kundor) and Datuk Noor Effandi Ahmad (Bersatu-Telok Mas).