No space for dis­sent­ing views in party, says ex-vice chair­man

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THE mass res­ig­na­tions of DAP mem­bers re­vealed the party’s “dic­ta­to­rial lead­er­ship”, for­mer party vice-chair­man Tunku Ab­dul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim said.

Tunku Aziz said the in­ci­dent was among symp­toms of deepseated struc­tural and lead­er­ship is­sues, that had been put un­der fo­cus following a loss of con­fi­dence in the lead­er­ship of DAP ad­viser Lim Kit Siang, who is said to be “rul­ing” the party, and his son, sec­re­tary-gen­eral Lim Guan Eng.

“Kit Siang rules the party as though it is his king­dom, and its pur­pose is to pro­mote his and his fam­ily’s self-serv­ing po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions. Those who agree with him and fol­low his in­struc­tions move up the party ranks.

“Those who don’t are sacked or forced to re­sign,” he said dur­ing a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

Re­lat­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence in the party, Tunku Aziz said DAP’s top man­age­ment had kept dis­sent at bay.

“There is no space for dis­sent­ing views in the party. Any­one fool­ish enough to ig­nore this lives to pay a heavy price. That is how the two Lims have main­tained their stran­gle­hold on the party, which is to rule by fear.

“How­ever, with the res­ig­na­tions, this no longer seems to be work­ing in their favour.”

He said Kit Siang’s “long­est one-man show in pol­i­tics” would lead to the de­par­ture of more party mem­bers.

Re­cently, 182 party mem­bers in Malacca re­signed following the res­ig­na­tions of Kota

Me­laka mem­ber of par­lia­ment Sim Tong Him, Bachang as­sem­bly­man Lim Jak Wong, Kesi­dang as­sem­bly­man Chin Choon Seong and Duy­ong as­sem­bly­man Goh Leong San.

All have cited loss of con­fi­dence in the party’s lead­er­ship, and DAP’s col­lu­sion with for­mer prime min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad and his Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia.

He said the sit­u­a­tion re­vealed gross doubts on the poli­cies adopted by Kit Siang.

“In fact, I think the party will fal­ter in the next gen­eral elec­tion. The dis­gruntle­ment is noth­ing new, but they had tol­er­ated it in the past for the sake of unity.

“But they’ve had enough of the ‘democ­racy’ cham­pi­oned by Kit Siang, which is a mis­nomer.”

In Ge­orge Town, Parti Cinta Malaysia vice-pres­i­dent Datuk Huan Cheng Guan la­belled Kit Siang as a “hyp­ocrite” for go­ing against Pas’s move to em­power syariah law, when it had de­fended the Is­lamic party’s in­ten­tion when they were mem­bers of the Pakatan Rakyat pact.

Huan said DAP had even signed an agree­ment with Pas to recog­nise the lat­ter’s right to achieve its agenda.

“I re­mem­ber (DAP or­gan­is­ing sec­re­tary and) Serem­ban mem­ber of par­lia­ment An­thony Loke, who had, in a ce­ramah, told the Chi­nese that they had noth­ing to fear about hudud.

“How­ever, to­day, DAP made a U-turn and claimed that Pas’s ob­jec­tives con­tra­vene the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion.”

Kit Siang and Guan Eng had, in the past, de­nied treat­ing DAP as their king­dom and in­sisted they re­main con­sis­tent in free­ing Malaysia from cor­rup­tion.

They had vowed to prove that the Pakatan gov­ern­ment was peo­ple-cen­tric and up­held its prin­ci­ples of in­tegrity, jus­tice, free­dom and democ­racy.

Tunku Ab­dul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim

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