In a rare show of support, Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang today defended DAP member Zaid Ibrahim after the latter was criticised for saying that there was a silent agreement between the Opposition pact on Mahathir Mohamad being their de facto chief.
After being criticised, Zaid took to his Twitter account to say that he would now have to cease from giving his personal views.
To that, Tan commented that perhaps Zaid should have consulted former DAP national vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim before joining DAP.
“Looks like you are just meant to be placed in flower vase. No noise please,” Tan wrote on Twitter.
Zaid, in defending himself, had said he never intended to suggest that Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi) chairman Mahathir was the ‘supreme leader’.
“Well. Now I have to cease giving my personal views on almost anything. I hope reporters will make it easier for me by not asking.
“When people say opposition leaderless, I tried to clarify. I never intended to suggest Tun M supreme leader. Ok no more on the subject,” Zaid wrote on his Twitter account.
Earlier, in an interview with Malay Mail Online, published today, Zaid who joined DAP last Tuesday, was quoted as saying, “We have a leader. Just that it’s not spoken or proclaimed. But Mahathir is the de facto (leader) and I’m happy with that.”
That led to DAP’s Gobind Singh Deo coming out with a statement to say there was no such silent agreement.
In a statement to deny what Zaid said, Gobind stressed no such thing was ever discussed nor agreed upon by the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the DAP.
Commenting on the issue of who was the de facto Opposition chief, Tan said he agreed with what Zaid had said.
“Something which I agree with Zaid Ibrahim. I also believe Tun M is now the de facto Opposition chief. Goodbye Anwar Ibrahim.”
On Zaid being criticised, Tan said, “Looks like Zaid Ibrahim learn the hard way. Such a shame you can’t express your views after entering DAP. Democracy? Freedom of expression?”
“I think Zaid Ibrahim merely stating the obvious. Tun M is the de facto Opposition chief. Why can’t he, as DAP member, reveal this?” Tan asked, tagging DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang on Twitter.