We are not being sidelined: Kit Siang

PETALING JAYA: DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang has given an assurance that his party has not been sidelined in the newly-announced Pakatan Harapan (PH) structure despite claims made by some Barisan Nasional’s leaders.

The Gelang Patah MP said even Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak had demanded an explanation due to the absence of DAP leaders in the top positions of PH.

In a blog post, Lim also rebuked several allegations by government leaders after the announcement of the PH leadership lineup last Friday.

“Let me assure them that the DAP is not being sidelined in Pakatan Harapan, that no single political party can decide and dictate Pakatan Harapan’s polices and manifestos, and that there will be no revenge binge by Pakatan Harapan when it forms the government,” he said.

The Opposition coalition on Friday night revealed the PH lineup, placing jailed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the de facto leader, former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the chairman while PKR’s Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ibrahim assumed the presidency.

The absence of prominent DAP leaders, including Lim and his son Guan Eng, in the top posts had raised questions that the party was being sidelined by its political allies.

The highest post held by the party was as one of the four vice-presidents in PH, which is held by Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jien.