Parti Amanah Negara has taken its member Zaidi Ahmad's switch to DAP in stride, stressing that in no way was it seen as a betrayal.
Amanah secretary-general Anuar Tahir said Zaidi's entry means his membership in Amanah is automatically voided but thanked the former pilot for his services.
"Amanah prays that he can continue moving forward in the fight for the rakyat's justice and welfare through DAP.
"His decision to join DAP is his right and choice. His action is not seen as a betrayal of Islam nor is it against Islam," said Anuar in a statement today.
He added that Amanah's struggle is among many methods and there is no wrong in disagreeing with it.
Anuar noted that Zaidi's entry to DAP was on the grounds of helping to shed its Chinese image which was often used by Umno to paint the party as anti-Malay and anti-Islam.
He said the intention was noble and Amanah is also against racism even though the party has its own methods.
Zaidi had previously shot to fame after he was slapped with disciplinary action and subsequently discharged from the Royal Malaysian Air Force for going public about the flaws in the indelible ink used in the last general election.
Following his discharge, Zaidi joined PAS and subsequently followed the exodus of progressive leaders to Amanah after they were ousted by PAS conservatives.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng later appointed Zaidi as his information minister and the latter formally joined DAP on April 30.