Sarawak DAP has decided to pull out of the Pakatan Rakyat coalition with immediate effect over the hudud bill imbroglio.
“Sarawak DAP operates in a different way from DAP in other states. We have a certain amount of autonomy.
“We don’t need green light from the national leadership. But we have notified them,” Sarawak DAP treasurer Violet Yong told Malaysiakini.
Yesterday, Sabah DAP had proposed a new coalition called “Pakatan Rakyat Baru” in the state, which excludes PAS.
When contacted for his response, DAP deputy secretary-general Ngeh Khoo Ham (left) said the party’s central executive committee (CEC) has yet to be officially informed on the Sarawak DAP decision.
“But generally, because of the Malaysia Agreement and local sentiments against ‘West Malaysia’ parties, Sarawak and Sabah DAP are given a certain degree of autonomy, but they are still subject to the CEC,” he said.
Ngeh said he believed Sarawak and Sabah DAP are reacting to the fact that PAS’ decision to pursue its theocratic state agenda went against the spirit of the Pakatan coalition.
He said that when Pakatan was formed, the three components had agreed to “95 percent” of issues, but PAS seemed to be focussing on the other five percent.
“Even in the Middle East, the Shia and the Sunni are fighting over differences. I hope Pakatan, especially PAS, learns from this and focuses on the bigger picture: our common ground, the 95 percent,” he said.