Pakatan Harapan no longer marketable, says Gerakan Youth

KUALA LUMPUR: The decision by several opposition leaders to quit their respective parties proves that the Pakatan Harapan brand is no longer “marketable” to the public, said Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang today. 
 
Speaking during the opening of Gerakan Youth’s 29th National Delegates Conference today, Tan said the exodus from Pakatan Harapan recently was not unexpected, as the pact had failed to deliver on its promises. 
 
“The departures show that the people do not trust the brand name of ‘Pakatan Harapan.’ Those who left their parties are forced to get out of the pact to market themselves elsewhere. 
 
“Pakatan Harapan’s brand name is not as marketable as compared to last time. The people are smart, and it is not easy to trick them. They know how to evaluate (the opposition),” he said. 
 
Tan was referring to the recent resignations of several key opposition figures in Sabah, including state PKR chief Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin. 
 
Joining Lajim were PKR Moyog assemblyman Terence Siambun, who is also the state party information chief, state party secretary Datuk Maijol Mahap and state party Wanita chief Johair Matlani. 
 
Several DAP leaders, including Likas assemblyman Junz Wong, state party deputy chairman Joan Goh, state vice-chairman George Hiew and state treasurer David William, also quit their party.
 
 Tan said the DAP’s refusal to instruct its secretary-general and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to go on leave in the face of graft charges is an example of the opposition’s failure to uphold its principles.
 
“(DAP national publicity chief) Tony Pua previously said that any leader accused of corruption must go on leave. 
 
But when the (Penang) Chief Minister was charged for corruption, DAP said there is no need for him to go on leave.”
 
 
 

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