PAS and PKR representatives in Penang themselves oppose and disagree with recent PAS muktamar's motion to sever ties with DAP, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

He said this decision was unanimously made at the Penang executive council (exco) yesterday, which PKR's Seberang Jaya assemblyman Dr Afif Bahardin and PAS sole Permatang Pasir assemblyman Salleh Man also attended.

They were among the 30 assemblypersons present for the meeting.

Malaysiakini is seeking comment from Salleh (photo) and the Penang PAS regarding this development.

"We accept that Pakatan Rakyat no longer exists following the muktamar's decision, but we will continue and maintain the Penang administration based on Pakatan's 2009 common policy and the state's election manifesto in 2013," Lim said in a statement.

The DAP secretary-general noted the coalition obtained the largest mandate ever - 68 percent of the popular vote - in the history of Penang polls.

Therefore, the exco had decided to name the administration as the Penang government and no longer as the Penang Pakatan Rakyat government.

"In the exco meeting, the 30 assemblymen agreed to these decisions, and have pledged to carry out their responsibilities to the state government.

"This means nothing has changed and nothing is lacking, the situation is as usual and that Umno still maintains only 10 seats," Lim said.

Focus on improvement

He added the state government would function as normal, would be committed and focused on improving the services and administration according to the competency, accountability and transparency principle.

It would also develop the economy to be enjoyed by all communities, regardless of race or religion, as well as transform the state towards an international, intelligent city that is clean, green, healthy and safe.

Penang arrived at the decision after delegates at the PAS 61st muktamar in June accepted a proposal by the Dewan Ulama to cut ties with DAP, without debate.

The decision was made following DAP's decision to cut ties with president Abdul Hadi Awang over his individual move to table amendments to the hudud enactment in Parliament, a move opposed by DAP and PKR, as the matter was not discussed in Pakatan's leadership council.

Following the decision, five PAS leaders in Penang, including former deputy chief Mohamed Sabu (photo) and state PAS deputy commissioner I Mujahid Yusof Rawa, resigned from their various posts in the state government.

Mohamed, popularly known as Mat Sabu, was among 18 PAS leaders, described as professional and progressive, who were defeated at the PAS internal polls.

However, Hadi still maintains that Pakatan is alive, but is adamant to press on for the implementation of hudud. - mk