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By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, Oct 29: Sarawak Pakatan Harapan (PH) chief Chong Chieng Jen believes former top leaders of Umno may have been hit by a “stroke of conscience” and turned over a new leaf.
The Stampin MP was referring to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
He was asked by the media here on the possible crossover of 40 Umno MPs to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) following the acceptance of former minister Datuk Seri Mustapha Mohamed into the party.
“You ask Umno president (Datuk Seri Ahmad) Zahid (Hamidi). We don’t comment on rumours,” Chong replied after witnessing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing between Polarwood Sdn Bhd and its three major tenants at Sentosa Parade this morning.
When pressed further on whether he thought the position of Bersatu within PH would be affected if indeed 40 Umno MPs joined Bersatu, Chong again preferred to keep mum.
“That is a hypothetical question. Let’s deal with facts, not hypothesis,” he replied.
On Mustapha being accepted by Bersatu, he said Tok Pa had quit Umno.
“Well, Dr Mahathir was formerly from Umno, Anwar was former Umno (member). This sort of things, sometimes … the stroke of conscience hit them, I think,” he said.
When pressed further if the DAP would accept these politicians, he said DAP would take it one step at a time.
“Que Sera, Sera. Whatever will be, will be,” said Chong, who is also Kota Sentosa assemblyman. — DayakDaily