DAP’s Kepong member of Parliament Dr Tan Seng Giaw is ‘the only man of conscience left’ in the party.
This is the opinion of former DAP national vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim, in light of the recent ‘communication problem’ that surfaced between DAP and Tan.
Tunku Abdul Aziz, who spoke highly of Tan, said the latter’s mere presence in DAP ‘confers upon this morally wayward party a degree of common decency’.
“DAP is a party groaning under the weight of corruption, personal greed, sordid maladministration, lies and machinations that would make even Machiavelli blanch, were he alive, at the sheer scale of it,” Tunku Abdul Aziz said.
“Dr Tan is a national treasure, a rare individual that we Malaysians are proud to have in our midst whatever our political affiliations might be,” he added.
Recently, Tan took to Facebook, expressing his concern over the changing coast of Penang and how it was becoming ‘less green’.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng later said Tan had been incommunicado since January when asked to comment on the latter’s Facebook post by the media.
Following that, Tan refuted Lim’s claim, telling the media that he has not been incommunicado.
Weighing in on the matter is the People’s Alternative Party (PAP), urging Lim to apologise to Tan for belittling the Kepong MP’s sincere comments on the destruction of greenery in Penang.
PAP vice president Rahmad Ishak said whether or not Tan can be contacted by DAP is an internal party matter.
However, he claimed that Tan’s comments on Penang’s greenery showed that Lim as the state’s Chief Minister prioritised development to the extent of destroying the environment.
“If a sincere comment from an 8-term parliamentarian can be egotistically snubbed by Lim, surely comments from other people will be just a waste of time.
“Should this kind of leadership be retained in the next General Election?” Rahmad asked.