182 Malacca mem­bers quit DAP over lead­er­ship is­sue

New Straits Times - - News -

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.

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