“Puteri Wangsa seat belongs to the rakyat, not to party,” says defiant Muda No 2

MUDA deputy president Amira Aisya Abd Aziz has rejected calls for her to vacate her state assembly seat after Muda’s decision to quit the unity government.

Amira Aisya said she will not comply with Johor Pakatan Harapan (PH) deputy chairman Aminolhuda Hassan’s “ultimatum”.

“If he (Aminolhuda) is giving an ultimatum, he must remember the principle on which candidates contest – that the seat, be it Puteri Wangsa or Muar, belongs to the rakyat and not the party,” Amira Aisya was quoted as saying by Malaysiakini today (Sept 14).

On Tuesday (Sept 12), Aminolhuda issued an “ultimatum” to Amira Aisya, saying that she either join Amanah or resign from her position as Puteri Wangsa assemblywoman and therefore, vacating the state seat.

Aminolhuda, who is also Sri Gading MP, said that the seat Amanah offered is due to the courtesy Amanah extended to Muda during the Johor state polls which was held last year.

In the meantime, Amira Aisya said that PH’s election promises contradicted its present position, which also involves the conditional release of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi from corruption charges.

“Promise made to the people matters. During election campaigning, you (PH) pledged to battle corruption and vowed to send Zahid to jail.

“It’s improper to make such promises, but not fulfill them now,” she remarked.

Amira was referring to the discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA) granted to Zahid in the Yayasan Akalbudi corruption case.

On Sunday (Sept 10), Muda president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman announced that his party has dropped out of the unity government after publicly expressing dissatisfaction with the abrupt halt of Zahid’s corruption trial.

The Muar MP stated that that the issue has been notified to the Dewan Rakyat Speaker, Tan Sri Johari Abdul, via a letter handed on Sunday (Sept 10).

Amira Aisya had also announced that she is no longer sitting in the PH bloc and was placed in the opposition bloc in the Johor State Assembly. – Sept 14, 2023


Main pic credit: Bernama

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