The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Guan Eng says Dr M’s remarks on DAP ‘extreme’


KUALA LUMPUR: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng today said it was disappoint­ing to hear former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's narrative that DAP is “extreme” and had opposed policies meant to help the Malays during Pakatan Harapan's administra­tion.

In a statement on Saturday, Lim said DAP had never opposed any policies including the New Economic Policy (DEB) aimed to help poor Malays and give them equal opportunit­ies.

“However, DAP did strongly oppose the dual-identifica­tion of race with wealth and race with poverty. To say that all Malays are poor or rich Chinese people is simplistic and misleading and at worst, divisive and extreme.

“DAP's struggle for socioecono­mic justice is based on the principle that there should be no identifica­tion of poverty with race, and all Malaysians should be provided equal opportunit­y and given assistance based on needs so that the poor nonMalays are not left out. Since the majority of the poor are Malays or Bumis from Sabah and Sarawak, they will still be the biggest beneficiar­ies.

Lim added that DAP's track record during the PH administra­tion showed its ministers fought valiantly for the expansion of incentives to increase productivi­ty, create jobs and the transition to a digital economy albeit with mixed results.

He also said prior to that DAP leaders have been put in jail for fighting for justice for the Malays and history has proven that DAP members are mature and will reject any leader who deviates from the multi-racial and multirelig­ious framework.

“DAP has always been simple and inclusive, and open not only to the Malays but also Malaysians as our political struggle was to uphold, protect and preserve the Constituti­on.

“DAP is committed to representi­ng and working for all, regardless of race or religion as evidenced by DAP which has elected representa­tives from all major ethnicitie­s,” he said.

In an interview with Malaysiaki­ni earlier this week, Dr Mahathir said DAP used to be extreme in their Chinesecen­tric demands in the past.

The former prime minister also said that some DAP members are still “very extreme” and that they are not willing to compromise themselves for others.

Dr Mahathir was referring to Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy and DAP central committee member Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew.

Malaysiaki­ni also reported that Dr Mahathir believed that although DAP was “more open” now as there are visible Malay members, there are party figures who still made statements hurtful to the Malays.

He said the party went against policies that were introduced by the government to help the Malays, such as the DEB and the provision of special privileges for the Malays and Bumiputera.

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