ALOR SETAR, March 13 (Bernama) — The decision taken by 182 Melaka DAP members to quit the party recently shows that the party is practicing despotism and dictatorship, says MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
In fact, Liow believed that many of the party members would follow suit after DAP leaders, especially Lim Kit Siang, were said to have exercised their powers in a manner oppressive to the members, besides not listening to the voices of the grass root.
“Leaders of other parties changed. Even MCA has changed its top leader 10 times, but for years, he (Lim Kit Siang) is still there and he even makes sure that his son (Lim Guan Eng) gets the power. It’s like Lim Kit Siang and Son Sdn Bhd.
“We have expected this. Even the people can see that the DAP leaders have no direction and that they only care about achieving their own agenda,” he said after chairing the Road Safety Council meeting here today.
Media today reported that 182 members of DAP had quit the party and described the leadership as contravening the original objectives of the party’s struggle.
On Feb 12, Duyong assemblyman Goh Leong San, Bachang assemblyman Lim Jak Wong, Kesidang assemblyman Chin Choon Seong and Kota Melaka Member of Parliament Sim Tong Him announced that they were quitting as DAP members.
InMELAKA, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron the move by 182 Melaka DAP members in quitting the party clearly showed the Chinese community had already lost their trust in DAP.
As such, Idris, who is also Melaka UMNO Liaison Committee chairman, said DAP should not point finger and blame the Barisan Nasional (BN) for the situation.
“They are fighting among themselves, then why should BN be blamed?
“Don’t go accusing the government or the BN for the problem as we have nothing to do with it,” he told reporters after opening the State Government Administration Monthly Assembly, here today.
Idris said those DAP leaders and members quit the party simply because they were disappointed with the party leadership.
“It is their way of telling the people not to make the same mistake again by re-electing the current party leadership as it could only jeopardise the future of the people in Melaka,” he said, adding that the situation would give more chance for BN to win back the seats currently held by DAP in Melaka in the 14th general election.