DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng will be in Malacca to meet the state’s party leaders and members tomorrow.
In a statement, Guan Eng who described the resignation of four DAP Malacca representatives as a betrayal, urged the party’s members and leaders to pick themselves up, adding that no individual is bigger than the party.
“Let us explain to the people that throwing tantrums to satisfy personal grievances has no room in the larger battle to save Malaysians from the economic horrors of corruption, GST, declining incomes and value of the ringgit as well as higher cost of living,” he said.
Commenting on the resignation of Kota Melaka MP Sim Tong Him, Guan Eng said the party could have taken disciplinary action against him previously when he choose to stand as an Independent candidate in the 2013 general election.
Guan Eng said DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang had at that time saved Sim from expulsion from the party following his action.
The Penang Chief Minister said the party believed that Sim, whilst misguided, was still loyal to DAP and the people.
“Sim had repeatedly pledged his undying loyalty to the DAP. Even during his betrayal of the party in the 2013 general election, Sim had famously said that ‘he lived as DAP and would die as a DAP man, this fact is immutable’. Clearly Sim has broken his pledge not just to the party but to the people who supported DAP,” Guan Eng said.
Guan Eng admitted that it was a mistake on his part for trusting Sim and his faction leaders, that they will remain loyal to DAP and the party’s campaign to Save Malaysia, despite their differences with the DAP Central Executive Committee (CEC).
“I am saddened to hear Sim saying that he leaves the party he joined for nearly 35 years without any heartache.
“With the benefit of hindsight, it is clear that Sim and his faction, could not accept their rejection by DAP Malacca members which led to their defeat in the 2015 DAP Malacca State Ordinary convention,” Guan Eng said.
He further added that while DAP did not change, Sim and his faction leaders changed after their defeat, and opted to focus their attacks on the party.
Over the weekend, Sim, along with Bachang assemblyman Lim Jak Wong, Kesidang assemblyman Chin Choon Seong and Duyong assemblyman Goh Leong San resigned from DAP.