DAP, PKR afraid to hold snap polls in Selangor, says MCA

DAP, PKR afraid to hold snap polls in Selangor, says MCA
Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail during the Kajang by-election in 2014.
PHOTO: The Star/ANN

PETALING JAYA - DAP and PKR are hesitant in calling for snap polls in Selangor because they are afraid Barisan Nasional will recapture the prized state, said Selangor MCA.

Its state liaison secretary Ng Chok Sin said Pakatan Rakyat's failure to provide concrete results to a "litany of woes" in the state, such as the water restructuring exercise, persisting floods and rejecting fresh applications for liquor sales, had tired the people.

He questioned why PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli now admitted that a snap election in Selangor would be a waste of public funds, when similar concerns were not outlined during last year's Kajang move.

The Kajang move was the PKR-orchestrated plan to replace state assemblyman Lee Chin Cheh with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, so that the former opposition leader could become the next Selangor mentri besar.

"When such plans did not see daylight, and Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah became the immediate stand-in candidate who won, both PKR and DAP conveniently made themselves blind to the RM1.6mil expenditure to hold the Kajang by-election in March last year," Ng said in a statement on Friday.

Ng accused DAP and PKR of double standards, saying Pakatan had similarly called for the Perak state assembly to be dissolved in 2009.

"Selangor DAP chief Tony Pua pressed that the dissolution of the state assembly is something they will try hard to avoid.

"He certainly has convenient amnesia as DAP, PKR, and PAS were screaming "Bubar DUN" (dissolve the state assembly) when the Pakatan government in Perak fell to Barisan's administration," Ng added.

Following the mentri besar impasse in Selangor in August last year, the Election Commission said that snap polls in the state could cost as much as RM50mil (S$18 mil).

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