Zaid denied talks about him joining DAP
KUALA LUMPUR: Kita party president Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said that he is not joining DAP or even had talks with the party about the matter.
Blogger Rocky’s Bru in his post on Friday wrote Zaid had denied talks about him joining DAP when he met the former Parti Keadilan Rakyat leader on Friday.
Rocky wrote: “Well, at least Zaid Ibrahim is honest about it. While Sakmongkol (Datuk Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz) and Aspan (Aspan Alias) play coy about speculation of them joining DAP, perhaps even hoping to prolong the unprecedented attention they are getting, the former de facto Law Minister and one-time potential heir to Anwar's throne shut talk about him joining DAP.”
Zaid also revealed that he was not surprised with the interview by Raja Petra Kamaruddin.
The prominent blogger added: “Zaid said RPK's interview was unexpected but he was not surprised, after all, Zaid himself quit PKR after being disillusioned with Anwar's leadership.”
The talk about Zaid joining DAP surfaced in a news portal where it stated that Zaid will be contesting under the DAP banner and will be fielded in urban area.
In response to the news report blogger Helen Ang wrote if Zaid were to be fielded under DAP, he would be indebted to the party.
“Hopefully Zaid would not be making wrong decision. He had once been disappointed with PKR when he realised the party was not what he expected," Helen wrote.
Neither Aspan nor Ariff have confirmed whether they have joined the party although a news report have quoted Ariff admitting about it.
However, in a news report today, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng confirmed that both Ariff and Aspan have joined the DAP.
In their blog postings, both Ariff and Aspan have criticised Umno, saying that it had not changed its old corruption-laden ways.
Ariff who is better known as Sakmongkol wrote recently: "The news about us joining the DAP has resulted in expected opposing reactions in blogosphere."
Saying that people have called both of them disgruntled people and accused them as being paid by the DAP, Ariff added: "Maybe this is how Umno encouraged people to jump ship. From what I know that is how (Datuk Seri) Najib Razak operates-pays his way through."
Aspan who had previously asked people from Umno not to enemise simply because he had left the party wrote the reason he left Umno was because he knew what the party is all about.
Admitting he had a lot to learn about DAP Aspan wrote:"I have basis to support DAP and my action will be able to open up any Malay minds who are ready to think and make DAP as a platform for their struggle and the ultimate achievement is national unity," he wrote.
Meanwhile in another development, when asked about speculations that former finance minister Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah would be joining Pakatan Rakyat and will be made the Prime Minister, PKR deputy president Azmin Ali reportedly quipped: "Why Ku Li, why not me?"
He dismissed the speculation during a press conference at PKR head quarter office on Friday and said that Pakatan had discussed about the matter with all party presidents within the coalition about the leadership.