KIT SIANG SHOULD RE­TIRE, SAYS RAH­MAN

DAP vet­eran must let ca­pa­ble lead­ers take over, says BN politi­cian

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THARANYA ARUMUGAM KUALA LUMPUR tharanya@nst.com.my

VET­ERAN DAP leader Lim Kit Siang should con­sider re­tir­ing from pol­i­tics af­ter re­peat­edly fail­ing to top­ple Barisan Na­sional in pre­vi­ous gen­eral elec­tions, said BN strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Datuk Seri Ab­dul Rah­man Dahlan yes­ter­day.

He said the DAP ad­viser should feel ashamed to­wards his party mem­bers and that he should make way for other ca­pa­ble party lead­ers like Ke­pong mem­ber of par­lia­ment Dr Tan Seng Giaw.

“Tan is known to be a gen­tle­man and a man of prin­ci­ples, un­like Kit Siang. Tan is more pop­u­lar and it’s a shame that he was de­feated un­fairly in the (DAP) Central Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee party elec­tion in 2012.

“We all know that no dic­ta­tor in the world wants to re­tire will­ingly. I don’t ex­pect Lim to be any dif­fer­ent.

“He will think of ex­cuses to jus­tify to his party why he should not re­tire de­spite fail­ing 13 times.”

Rah­man said Lim had de­monised him­self through his own ac­tions, and that he should not blame oth­ers.

“The whole world now knows about the real story of DAP’s party elec­tion and how Tan had be­come a vic­tim de­spite him be­ing the most pop­u­lar, most ra­tio­nal and most mul­tira­cially ac­cepted DAP leader.”

Rah­man was com­ment­ing on Lim’s re­mark on Mon­day, in which he ac­cused sev­eral lo­cal me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions of be­ing in ca­hoots with the BN-led gov­ern­ment to “de­monise” him.

Lim had claimed that there was a high­pow­ered and well or­ches­trated cam­paign to cause a rift in Pakatan Hara­pan by de­mon­is­ing DAP and him.

The Ge­lang Patah MP had claimed that the cam­paign was de­signed to break his spirit and force his re­tire­ment from pol­i­tics. they could own a home be­fore they re­tire.

He hoped to dis­cuss the plan with the Trea­sury De­part­ment next year as there were 22,000 civil ser­vants on the wait­ing list for gov­ern­ment quar­ters in Pu­tra­jaya alone.

The civil ser­vants’ res­i­den­tial com­plex in Jalan Cochrane is on a 3.6ha land.

It took the Armed Forces Fund Board 36 months to com­plete the project.

The class G quar­ters near an up­com­ing MRT sta­tion has 896 apart­ment units, in­clud­ing eight units for the dis­abled.

PIC BY SALHANI IBRAHIM

Chief Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa (front row, third from left) at the launch of the res­i­den­tial com­plex for civil ser­vants in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day. With him are Public Ser­vice De­part­ment di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Seri Zainal Rahim Se­man (front row, se­cond from left) and Prime Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment se­nior deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral Tan Sri Oth­man Mah­mood (third from right).

Datuk Seri Ab­dul Rah­man Dahlan

Lim Kit Siang

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