GEORGE TOWN: Other DAP members should learn a thing or two from Tanjung Bungah DAP state assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu to leave if they no longer share the same ideology with the party.
In commending the move by Teh as being one that reflects integrity and leading by example, People’s Alternative Party (PAP) vice-president Rahmad Isahak said that leaving DAP was the right thing for Teh to do as it was done in the interest of the rakyat.
He added that Teh’s move should be emulated by his comrades in the DAP who do not agree with what Rahmad described as an ‘arrogant and self-centred administration by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’.
Rahmad claimed Lim had ignored the plight of Penangites in various issues especially pertaining to over-development.
“Teh’s initial disappointment was further exacerbated by the involvement of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Pakatan Harapan, as reported.
“His worry is not unfounded as Mahathir’s involvement in the Opposition pact might translate into the loss of Chinese votes and support in the DAP, a party which Teh sees as having derailed from its initial agenda to gain political power.
“The Chinese even feel cheated by the administration they thought they could rely on,” Rahmad alleged.
“The Chinese in this country will never forget the hardship they went through during Mahathir’s 22-year tenure as Prime Minister and the one person who stood up against Mahathir then was DAP’s current advisor Lim Kit Siang who was labelled as being anti-Malay and anti-Islam, but now both have suddenly lost humility and guilt; both are using each other to topple the current government,” he added.
He said while it could not be denied there is room for improvement with the current administration, Mahathir’s drastic move in scraping off his once unshakable principles by working with the DAP had caused alarm amongst the Malays who worry about the Opposition’s direction should it take over Putrajaya in the 14th General Election.
Rahmad added that Teh’s decision to leave DAP should ignite the spirits of the Chinese and other DAP leaders and members to start moving to a new platform to ensure their next generation’s future is more secured.
“In the name of freedom of speech along with the rights of the delegation, we urge
the over 2,000 delegates at the DAP Central Executive Committee (CEC) to be held on Nov 12, to fight ‘in the spirit of Teh Yee Cheu’ in ensuring the DAP is free from the clasps of any dynasty,” said Rahmad. – MO