No action against Perak MB over ‘lone battle’ remark, says Dr M
(The Star) – Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Faizal Azumu will not face any action by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia over his “lone battle” remark against DAP, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Dr Mahathir, who is also chairman of Bersatu and Pakatan Harapan, said that Ahmad Faizal had explained what happened.
He said that the Perak MB made the remark when he was facing a group of “aggressive fishermen” during the Tanjung Piai campaign period.
“He was facing aggressive fishermen, so they assumed that Pakatan was controlled by DAP.
“So, he explained that while he was only one person (Bersatu member) in Perak and the rest were DAP, he was still the MB and was in charge of the state.
“He explained that just because he was alone, it does not mean that the state was being controlled by DAP,” said Dr Mahathir, who brushed off the need for the Perak MB to apologise to DAP over his statements.
Dr Mahathir said this after a Bersatu leadership meeting at Perdana Leadership Foundation here on Monday (Nov 11).
On Nov 8, a video clip of Ahmad Faizal lamenting that he is fighting a “lone battle” against DAP in the state surfaced on social media.
In the clip, posted on one Azizi Safar’s Facebook page, Ahmad Faizal is seen discussing with a group of people on how he has to face DAP over certain issues, including Malay land.
“I am fighting alone with the DAP clans.
“I want to defend the Malay land and to fight for our religion. I am doing this slowly,” he said.
“Thankfully, some friends in Umno don’t scold me. They are good with me,” he added.
A few leaders from DAP and PKR had stated the need for Ahmad Faizal to apologise over his gaffe.
In an immediate response, Ahmad Faizal reiterated that the statements were taken out of context and that he had explained himself to his party leaders.
“Everybody should be focusing on the Tanjung Piai by-election and ensure Pakatan candidate Karmaine Sardini wins.
“I have explained myself to Bersatu leaders. I told them what really happened.
“Did I say anything wrong?” asked Ahmad Faizal when asked if he would apologise to DAP.