Malaysia’s opposition DAP drops Penang snap polls idea over ally PKR’s objection

Lim Guan Eng, fourth chief minister of Penang, Malaysia and secretary-general of Malaysia's opposition party Democratic Action Party (DAP).
Lim Guan Eng, fourth chief minister of Penang, Malaysia and secretary-general of Malaysia's opposition party Democratic Action Party (DAP). PHOTO: BUSINESS TIMES

GEORGE TOWN (The Star/Asia News Network) - Malaysia’s opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP) will not press ahead with its proposal to dissolve the Penang state assembly and hold snap election, said party leader Lim Guan Eng. 

Lim, who is also Penang Chief Minister, said the decision was made following quick consultation with party leaders and the state leadership. 

This came after Parti Keadilan Rakyat, DAP’s partner in the Pakatan Harapan opposition alliance partner, voiced its objection to  having early polls.

"Following the disagreement with PKR to a state polls, the DAP will not proceed with the proposal for a state election although Amanah (Parti Amanah Negara - another opposition alliance member) had agreed with DAP. 

"We have said DAP would not make such a decision unilaterally but through a consensus of all parties within Pakatan Harapan," Lim said during a press conference at his office in Komtar Sunday.

He added that DAP stands by the collective consultative process. 

"Despite being unfairly criticised, we will keep our word and display trustworthiness as a basis towards forging a strong coalition in Pakatan,” he said.

PKR and DAP had spent the week squabbling over whether to hold snap polls in Penang to test Lim’s political strength in the wake of  corruption charges levied against him.

The Chief Minister has been charged with abuse of power and corruption over allegedly approving a rezoning application to convert agricultural land into a residential zone by a company, Magnificent Emblem, in July 2014.

The case is linked to a second charge against Lim over the purchase of a bungalow from the company director in July last year at below-market value.

Lim has claimed trial, with the case to be heard again in September.