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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Ex-PAS MP says Malay-Muslims 'dominate' govt, not DAP


The government bench in Parliament is "dominated" by Malay-Muslims and not DAP, according to former PAS lawmaker Khairuddin Aman Razali.

"There are those who said the new government is dominated by DAP. But the numbers dispute such statements," wrote Khairuddin on his Facebook page.

According to his count, there are 73 Malay-Muslims on the government bench.

"There are 73 Malay-Muslims (on the government bench) versus 72 (in the opposition). The 73 Malay-Muslims are responsible for ensuring that the unity government protects Islam, Malays, and the Malay Rulers.

"The responsibility of the 72 from Perikatan Nasional is to be an opposition that will perform check-and-balance," he said.

His numbers appear to be one short for PKR.

His numbers also do not include a Muslim bumiputera MP from Parti Kesejahteraan Demokratik Masyarakat (KDM) and one independent MP who is part of the government.

According to Malaysiakini's count, there are 77 Muslim MPs on the government bench or 52.03 percent.

Khairuddin (above) was a rising star in PAS and served as plantation industries and commodities minister under prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

He failed to maintain his seat on the PAS central committee during the party election in November last year.

Five months later, he quit PAS and became an independent MP for Kuala Nerus. During the Nov 19 election, Khairuddin failed to retain the seat on a BN ticket.

Of late, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang has been claiming that the federal government led by Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim is a "minority government" that is "not dominated" by Muslims. - Mkini

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