Pakatan claims it’s trying to regain power in Melaka

MELAKA: Melaka Pakatan Harapan chief Adly Zahari (pic) has admitted that the Opposition is trying to bring down the current state government.

Adly, the former chief minister, claimed talks were being held with possible defectors from Perikatan Nasional, believed to be from Umno.“I didn’t meet anyone personally as this is a collective effort by Pakatan, but I can reveal that we are making every effort to return to power, ” he said yesterday.

However, he declined to provide names of possible defectors.

The Pakatan-led state government collapsed in early March after four of its assemblymen defected to Perikatan Nasional.

They were Paya Rumput assemblyman Datuk Mohd Rafiq Naizamohideen (Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia), Noor Effandi Ahmad (Telok Mas-Bersatu), Datuk Muhammad Jailani Khamis (Rembia-Independent) and Datuk Norhizam Hassan Baktee (Pengkalan Batu-Independent).There has been talk that ex-chief minister and Sungai Udang assemblyman Datuk Seri Idris Haron is working to lure some Umno assemblymen and former Pakatan assemblymen over to Pakatan’s side due to alleged differences with the current state Umno leadership.Idris is allegedly expected to be removed from his state rural development and flood mitigation committee chairman portfolio for supposedly staging a walkout during the vote to elect state Speaker Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh on May 11.

When contacted, Idris said the allegations were baseless and made by “political monkeys”.

Chief Minister Datuk Sulaiman Md Ali said he was fed up with such claims, which were “meant to create cracks within the state government”.