Butler in Penang, worse in Selangor, DAP told.

 |Aug 3, 2016
Gerakan's Tan Kah Leong says DAP was being treated worse than a butler in Selangor by Pakatan Harapan.
Gerakan’s Tan Kah Leong says DAP was being treated worse than a butler in Selangor by Pakatan Harapan.

Penang Gerakan liaison committee member Tan Kah Leong chided the DAP for playing second fiddle to PKR and PAS even when DAP has the most number of parliamentary and state seats in the country.

“Instead of playing the role of big brother, DAP is indeed like a butler, who takes orders from the master,” he said.

He said the word “butler” coined by Penang Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Teng Chang Yeow in describing DAP’s role in the opposition’s alliance was aptly termed.

Tan was responding to Penang DAPSY youth chief Foo Yu Keong’s assertion that MCA and Gerakan had also bowed to Umno in BN.

He pointed out that MCA and Gerakan were not informed when Umno unilaterally announced the dissolution of parliament to pave the way for the country’s general elections.

Tan regretted that Foo was blindly following his political mentor Lim Guan Eng’s footsteps in twisting facts because “it is the Prime Minister who dissolves Parliament, and not the president of BN or Umno.”

“DAP has to accept the reality that in the big family of Pakatan Harapan, they do not have the power to call the shot,” he said.

He said Gerakan lacked substantive power to call the shot in BN as it lacked political backing, support of the people and without the required numbers.

However, despite overwhelming political support with the most numbers of seats backed by the mandate from the people at the expense of MCA and Gerakan, he said DAP had failed to prove its political worth and competency to call the shot when it was time to make a major decision.

He reminded the DAP that the votes that the party garnered were not just for them to play a butler’s role in Pakatan Harapan.

DAP has outnumbered others in Pakatan Harapan both in Penang as well as in Selangor.

“At least the DAP is still being reckoned as butler in Penang, but in Selangor, they don’t even live up to the role of butler,” said Tan.

He pointed out that the DAP was not informed and consulted on the matter of Kajang by-election and the change of Selangor Menteri Besar.

He said it was solely decided unilaterally by PKR which has lesser seats than DAP.

He said despite having 37 parliamentary seats in Pakatan Harapan, DAP dared not ask to be the opposition leader in the Parliament.

He said DAP leaders were only good at “demonising Umno and Gerakan as well as sowing seeds of hatred.”

“Ironically when Guan Eng met with top leaders from Umno, we noticed there were dramatic hugs and acts seemingly to curry favour and wanting to please Umno leaders.

“Don’t keep blaming others for your faults and your own mockery. Take stock of your own wrongdoings.”

Athi Shankar has been a journalist for past 30 years. He believes that democratic rights come with responsibility.