DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang has slammed MCA president Liow Tiong Lai for “saying one thing to the Chinese but giving a different impression to the Malays”, accusing him of “political dishonesty and chicanery”.
“Instead, Liow resorted to the tactics of the desperate and the reckless - launching an invective of personal attacks on me to distract attention from the serious questions I have raised,” Lim said in a statement today.
His remarks were in response to MCA leader Chai Kim Sen who asked whether Lim was suffering from amnesia, for being unable to recall that MCA had declared its stance on the issue of the private member's bill tabled by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang numerous times.
Chai said that Liow, on Dec 30, 2016, had declared that “regardless of any bill tabled by the opposition or Umno, if it is against the constitution, MCA will oppose it to the end”.
Lim, however, said that he did not forget, rather, that he just did not know.
The Gelang Patah MP said he then searched the website of MCA’s mouthpiece The Star as well as MCA’s official website but could not find the statement or report in question.
“Liow might have told the Chinese media, but that is exactly the point about MCA ministers and leaders - they say one thing to the Chinese media but a very different thing to Umno leaders.”
MCA leaders, he said, would have won the argument by simply showing where and when in The Star and the MCA website had Liow given his stand on the matter.
“But the MCA leadership is unable to do this, for the simple reason that Liow’s statement of Dec 30 was made to the Chinese media, and was not even published in the MCA mouthpiece, The Star, and completely omitted on the MCA website,” Lim claimed.
“Having been caught ‘red-handed’ in the act of political hypocrisy and chicanery, saying one thing to the Chinese but giving a different impression to the Malay community, the MCA leaders should have the grace and humility to admit their wrongs and mischief.”
Meanwhile, responding to Liow who accused the DAP as a privately-owned “Kit Siang & Son Sdn Bhd”, Lim said there is a rule of thumb in political exchanges that personal attacks or character assassination is the last resort “of political opportunists and scoundrels who have run out of arguments based on facts and reason”.
“And this is what Liow resorted to when he launched a ferocious personal attack on me.
“I can understand Liow’s frustration and exasperation, but it is no justification nevertheless for him to resort to personal attacks and character-assassination,” said Lim.
Liow’s accusation was in response to the possibility of Lim contesting in a different seat in the next general election.- Mkini