Anthony Loke trying to divert public focus from DAP infighting

Mar 19, 2017
MCA president Liow Tiong Lai has brushed aside DAP’s Anthony Loke interest to contest in Bentong in GE14 as just another spin to deflect DAP’s internal problems from public eyes.

Troubled by rebellious members, DAP leadership typically spins any tales to deflect public attention from the party infighting.

One such tale is said to be the sudden interest shown by DAP national organising secretary and Seremban MP Anthony Loke Siew Fook to contest in Bentong parliamentary constituency, Pahang in the next general election (GE14).

Bentong incumbent MP is MCA president and Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai.

When asked about Anthony Loke’s unexpected wish to contest in his parliamentary constituency, Liow just scoffed at it as “an attempt to divert public attention from DAP’s internal problems”.

The Star reported that the incumbent Bentong MP has said that DAP was running out of ideas.

Currently DAP faces serious grassroots dissentment with many grassroots members leaving the party, like recently in Malacca, the state where both Lim Kit Siang and his son Guan Eng once plied their political career.

Liow said many DAP members do not agree with the party’s leadership under the Lims, which had been termed by political critics as ‘Lim Dynasty’.

These two (Lims) refuse to listen to the grassroots and are more concerned with gaining more power.

In DAP, you are only allowed to be a follower of Kit Siang or Guan Eng. Otherwise, you will not be allowed to stay in DAP,” said Liow.

In a Facebook live interview session hosted by DAP, Loke was asked which seat he would like to stand in if he could choose to contest another seat.

The Seremban MP said he would be interested to contest in Bentong and face Liow.

This is just one of their ways to divert attention from their own problems. They are bankrupt of ideas,” said Liow.

Last month, Kota Melaka MP Sim Tong Him and three state assemblymen announced their resignations from DAP, citing their disapproval of the current DAP leadership.

Last week, outgoing Malacca DAP vice-chairman Liou Chen Kuang announced the resignations of 182 members in the state.