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By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, Nov 22: All ‘political frogs’ that contested in the Malacca state polls were rejected by voters and to Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice president Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, it is a well-deserved outcome.
He said there is a high chance that the political frogs in Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) may also face the same fate in the upcoming 12th Sarawak Election.
Abdul Karim said elected representatives contest in the election under certain banners or parties. When these elected representatives later defect to another party, it meant that they had betrayed those who supported them on polling day because voters considered these candidates as representatives of the party they have been supporting.
“But after that, these elected representatives ran off. They hopped (to another party). How could the voters not be upset? That was why, those ‘frogs’ were all gone cases (lost in Malacca state election). Serves them right,” said Abdul Karim at a press conference at a ‘Meet the Community Leaders’ session at Asajaya here today.
The Asajaya incumbent acknowledged that certain circumstances can force some elected representatives to switch parties such as the de-registration of their party, the vehicle or political platform that the elected representatives worked from.
“If that is the situation, I think they can (switch parties).
“But just because of ideology, then they (political frogs) are now here and then there (switch parties), like the ones we see under PSB (Parti Sarawak Bersatu) and before that, PKR (Parti Keadilan Rakyat), who hopped here and there.
“I feel that in Malacca, they (political frogs) faced their retribution. Likewise, there is a big chance that those in the party (PSB) may receive theirs,” said Abdul Karim who is also Tourism, Arts and Culture cum Youth and Sports Minister.
He said the results of the recently concluded Malacca state election showed that the voters in Malacca craved for stability and voted out those who switched parties and quarrelled non-stop until the government ceased to function.
“I have never seen Barisan Nasional or UMNO winning with such style in Malacca despite UMNO having issues among its leaders,” said Abdul Karim.
In the Melaka state election which polled on November 20, 2021, Barisan Nasional won 21 seats, Pakatan Harapan five, and Perikatan Nasional (PN) two. — DayakDaily