A GAG order has been issued by opposition leaders pertaining to the spat between Johor DAP chairman Dr Boo Cheng Hau and his Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) counterpart Datuk Chua Jui Meng.
Citing that the controversy had served as a cannon fodder for Barisan Nasional and the mainstream media, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said he and PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim have agreed that the matter should not be made public.
In a statement reported by several online news portals yesterday, Lim, who is also Penang chief minister, said Dr Boo and Chua should stop making statements concerning the relationship between DAP and PKR in Johor, including issues on seat allocation.
He sternly advised the two to seek consultation with their respective party leadership on potentially contentious matters before publicising their grievances, especially with the advent of the general election.
"Such a negative publicity is not desirable in the lead-up to the general election. It will only delight BN and disappoint Pakatan supporters hoping for a real breakthrough in the BN fortress state (Johor)," said Lim. Dr Boo in a statement on Monday had demanded Chua to be removed as Johor PKR chairman, alleging the latter had carried out subversive campaigns against Johor DAP.
Later, DAP national chairman Karpal Singh threw his support behind Dr Boo, when he commented that Chua's credibility was suspect due to his "sojourn in MCA and BN" as well as "the overzealousness in his attempt to regain a seat in parliament."
Lim had, in his statement yesterday, also said that DAP acknowledged Dr Boo's frustrations and assured him that the seat allocations in Johor would be finalised by PKR and DAP top leaders.
Meanwhile, opposition leaders would hold a supreme council meeting to address issues pertaining to the row between Dr Boo and Chua. Component leaders were expected to meet latest by the weekend, prior to the launching of the pro-tem opposition alliance's first election manifesto on Monday, to be held in Shah Alam.
PKR vice-president Fuziah Salleh, at a press conference yesterday, said they would discuss the issue including Karpal's demand for an in-depth inquiry to be carried out on that matter.
"We will have our usual weekly meetings and the matters will be discussed at that time."