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DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng (centre) and his wife Betty Chew Gek (4th from left) at the Chinese New Year open house hosted by Penang Customs Department here today. Also present is Penang Customs Department director Datuk Saidi Ismail (5th from right). -- Pix: Bernama

BUTTERWORTH: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has denied the existence of a political cooperation between Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), Umno and Pas through Pakatan Nasional as claimed by various quarters.

He said this was in line with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s statement, which denied that he invited Umno to form the Pakatan Nasional.

“The prime minister himself has denied it, and today he confirmed himself that Pakatan Nasional does not exist.

“It is not true, and don’t believe what others say,” he said at the Chinese New Year open house hosted by Penang Customs Department here today.

Dr Mahathir, in an interview with portal The Malaya Post, denied ever inviting Umno to form Pakatan Nasional.

The premier, instead, stressed that he was open to meet anyone, such as the opposition, to listen to their views.

Meanwhile, Lim said Pas’ action in wanting to table a vote of confidence on the prime minister in parliament goes against their role as an opposition.

“The vote of confidence usually comes from the government and not the opposition, and the opposite is happening here.

“If we look at Pas’ behaviour, they seem to be confused whether they are the opposition or the government because the opposition will usually table the vote of no confidence.

On Saturday, Pas was reported as saying that it would move a vote of confidence in Dr Mahathir’s leadership in parliament next month.

Party deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man had said that the move was necessary to address the current power transition turmoil involving Dr Mahathir, which had “disrupted political and economic stability.”

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