The exit of Malacca reps showed DAP in trouble

 |Feb 14, 2017
Many among DAP grassroots have lost faith in party dynastic leadership.
Many among DAP grassroots have lost faith in party dynastic leadership.

A political observer said that the exit of four Malacca lawmakers from DAP was not a political gimmick as claimed by the party leadership.

“It is for real,” said prominent political commentator Azizi Safar in a text message today.

He said the four – Kota Melaka MP Sim Tong Him, Duyong assemblyman Goh Leong San, Bachang assemblyman Lim Jak Wong and Kesidang assemblyman Chin Choon Seong, quitted the party after losing confidence in ‘Lim Dynasty’ that ruled DAP.

Lim Dynasty is a political term coined by political observers to describe the Lim father and son – Kit Siang and Guan Eng – dominance of DAP.

“From my experience, those who quit DAP before were for real.

“This time too they had quitted DAP for real.

“They quitted because they lost faith in the party leadership.

“They did not quit just for the fun of it.

“Most DAP leaders are not party hoppers like Zaid Ibrahim or Ibrahim Ali,” said Azizi in a statement via text message today.

The four announced that they were quitting the party last weekend, citing loss of confidence on party leadership as the main reason.

Goh has already become an independent assemblyman since March last year after he was suspended by the DAP for suing a fellow party man.

Lim and Chin have submitted their official letters to Malacca Assembly House on Monday to declare themselves as independent state lawmakers.

Azizi said the exit of the four showed that there were serious internal issues plaguing the DAP, thus the party leadership can’t swept them under the carpet and continue to be in a denial mode.

He recalled Penang Chief Minister Guan Eng and his wife were once “kicked out” from Malacca DAP state lineup, which forced the junior Lim and his wife, Betty Chew to move to Penang in 2008.

Internal problems are plaguing DAP.
Internal problems are plaguing DAP.

He said on what extend the latest development in DAP going to affect the voters, especially the Chinese support, however remained to be seen.

“Will there be a swing away from DAP to other parties, if not back to BN?,” said Azizi, who said he would not be surprised if in the near future, DAP Tanjong Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu also quitted the party.

“We all know Teh has been very critical of Guan Eng’s administration and Penang government’s stance on environmental issues, such as illegal hill clearings and sea reclamation,” he said.

He said the people would ask why now the Malacca four had quitted DAP, especially when the next general election (GE14) had been speculated to be just around the corner.

This, he said was because only just recently DAP, namely Kit Siang had agreed to work with Mahathir Mohamad and his new party, Pribumi, another reason for the four Malacca lawmakers to quit DAP.

He said the four also felt they had misled party supporters, especially the Chinese, in last two general elections buy convincing them that PAS would not proceed with hudud law.

“But, the opposite is happening now,” said Azizi, referring to PAS’ initiative to table a syariah amendment (RUU355) via a private member’s bill in Parliament.

Many in DAP disagree with Lim Kit SIang and DAP alliance with Mahathir's Pribumi.
Many in DAP disagree with Lim Kit SIang and DAP alliance with Mahathir’s Pribumi.

Azizi said the questions now were:

1. How many will quit DAP for not agreeing with the party leadership stance to work with Mahathir and Pribumi?

2. How many will withdraw their support from DAP after realising they were being conned to believe that PAS would abandon its ambition to establish an Islamic State?

3. How many will leave the party questioning the integrity and principles of DAP top leadership in retaining Guan Eng as Penang chief minister and DAP secretary-general despite him facing two corruption charges?

“This is not about racial politics. This is the reality of Malaysian politics which is race-based.

“In the last two general elections what has been coined as the Chinese tsunami really happened and that gave DAP a big win.

“PAS, its ally too won a bigger number of seats.

“All because the Chinese were made to believe and convinced with political promises by the DAP leaders,” said Azizi.

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