182 Malacca members quit DAP over leadership issue
MALACCA: DAP’s wounds following the exit of four state stalwarts a month ago were deepened when 182 members announced their resignations yesterday.
The announcement was made by its now former state deputy chairman Liou Chen Kuang.
In announcing the resignations from the service centre of now independent Kota Laksamana assemblyman Lai Kuen Ban, who was among the 182 who resigned, the reasons Liou cited on why they left were similar to the quartet.
Liou said the decision was made after considering the party’s handling of the resignation of the four last month.
On Feb 12, Kota Melaka member of parliament Sim Tong Him, Bachang assemblyman Lim Jak Wong, Kesidang assemblyman Chin Choon Seong and Duyong assemblyman Goh Leong San announced their resignation from DAP, citing a loss of confidence in the party’s leadership under secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
Liou said: “DAP acting chairman Tan Kok Wai called the quartet ‘cancerous’. That unsettled the grassroots. Their handling of the issue has made it worse.
“This is unacceptable because Sim, as Kota Melaka MP, had served the party and the people for more than 35 years.”
He said the mass exodus was a sign of the grassroots’ concerns over the party leadership’s policies.
At the press conference, 20 former DAP members were also present.