In­ter­nal strife will see more leav­ing DAP, says CM

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The in­ter­nal strife within DAP here will see more mem­bers leav­ing the party fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of 182 dis­grun­tled mem­bers, Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Idris Haron said.

The state Barisan Na­sional chair­man yes­ter­day re­vealed un­re­solved is­sues within the party led to their de­par­ture, a move that worked for the rul­ing coali­tion as DAP had been its main ad­ver­sary.

Idris also called on those who left DAP to speak on BN’s plat­form and voice their frus­tra­tions about the op­po­si­tion party.

“These lead­ers have strong in­flu­ence,” he said, adding that al­though DAP lead­ers had claimed the res­ig­na­tion of four of its state lead­ers a month ago would have no im­pact, the lat­est exit of grass­roots mem­bers proved oth­er­wise.

“We will see a mul­ti­plier ef­fect with more mem­bers leav­ing the party due to their dis­sat­is­fac­tion with DAP’s lead­er­ship,” said Idris.

Party mem­bers who left over the week­end cited dis­ap­point­ment with the party and its de­vi­a­tion from its orig­i­nal strug­gle.

This was a month af­ter Kota Me­laka mem­ber of par­lia­ment Sim Tong Him, Bachang as­sem­bly­man Lim Jak Wong, Kesi­dang as­sem­bly­man Chin Choong Seong and Duy­ong as­sem­bly­man Goh Leong San re­signed from the party, cit­ing a loss of con­fi­dence in its lead­er­ship un­der sec­re­tary­gen­eral Lim Guan Eng.

In ex­plain­ing why the mem­bers left, for­mer Malacca DAP deputy chair­man Liou Chen Kuang said the party had swerved from its orig­i­nal strug­gle and its “Malaysian Malaysia” prin­ci­ple and sold off the Chi­nese’s hon­our in a des­per­ate move to ob­tain votes.

Liou, when con­tacted yes­ter­day, said they did not plan to join BN but would work with it to en­sure the peo­ple would not be mis­led into vot­ing for DAP.

DAP state chair­man Tey Kok Kiew said the res­ig­na­tion of party mem­bers was ex­pected, as the quar­tet who re­signed from the party last month had “es­tab­lished a cer­tain team” in DAP over the last 20 to 30 years.

“Sim and Goh have been in the party for a long time, hence it is ex­pected that they have many fol­low­ers.

“Un­der the party, Sim won the par­lia­men­tary seat twice and four state seats; Goh won five terms in the state con­stituen­cies and Lim won three times in the state con­stituen­cies.

“So, in the pe­riod of 20 to 30 years, they surely have drummed up sup­port from grass­roots mem­bers.

“More­over, since the four’s res­ig­na­tion, the peo­ple around them have per­suaded other mem­bers to fol­low suit, so the ex­o­dus was al­ready ex­pected,” he said.

PIC BY KHAIRUNISAH LOKMAN

Malacca Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Idris Haron (left) greet­ing Cus­toms of­fi­cers at the monthly state gov­ern­ment assem­bly in Malacca yes­ter­day.

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