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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Guan Eng: Quitting of four a ‘gift’ to BN in GE14

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has slammed the resignation of the the party’s four representatives in Malacca as “a gift to BN” in the coming national polls.
He said the BN received the “gift” despite being mired in massive corruption scandals involving the 1MDB (RM52 billion) and Felda’s RM4.3 billion missing funds.
He said the resignations were “unexpected” as one of the members, Kota Melaka MP Sim Tong Him, was personally handpicked by Lim Kit Siang to stand in the 1986 general election.
“He was again saved by Kit Siang from expulsion from the DAP after Sim stood as an Independent in the 2013 polls against the DAP candidate in the Kota Laksamana state seat,” Lim said in a statement.
Lim said DAP could have taken disciplinary action then against such open defiance against the party.
However, the party believed that Sim, whilst misguided, was still loyal to the party and the people, added the Penang chief minister.
Sim had repeatedly pledged his undying loyalty to the DAP, Lim recalled.
“Even during his betrayal of the party in the 2013 polls, 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 the DAP,” Lim said.
‘DAP welcomed the resignations’
Lim was responding to the shocking resignation of Sim and assemblypersons Goh Leong San (Duyong), Lim Jak Wong (Bachang) and Chin Choong Seong (Kesidang) from the DAP yesterday.
The four blamed as the reason for their quitting DAP’s support for PAS in GE13, which they said accelerated Malaysia’s Islamisation.
But Lim described this as a “dishonest lie” as they ignored that it is Umno which supported PAS in implementing hudud-like laws.
He reminded them it was the DAP who broke up with PAS for collaborating with Umno.
Lim maintained that DAP has adhered to its struggle for a Malaysian Malaysia and will continue to fight corruption and defend the Federal Constitution from being manipulated and perverted by BN.
DAP acting chairperson Tan Kok Wai “welcomed” the resignation by the quartet, saying instead, it is they who have strayed from DAP’s struggle.
Guan Eng admits mistake trusting Sim
Meanwhile, Lim admitted his mistake in trusting Sim and his faction leaders to remain loyal to DAP and the campaign to Save Malaysia.
He said he had trusted them 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,” Lim said.

“With the benefit of hindsight, it is clear that Sim and his faction could not accept their rejection by Malacca DAP members which led to their defeat in the 2015 Malacca DAP ordinary convention.
At the time, Goh was replaced by Banda Hilir rep Tey Kok Tiew as Malacca DAP chairperson, Lim noted.
Four did not talk to party
Lim denied that the party has changed, saying it has remained the same.
He said it was Sim and his faction who changed after their defeat, focusing their attacks on the party rather than on BN’s corruption scandals or the excesses of the Malacca chief minister.
“Instead of working to win back the confidence of Malacca DAP members, they turned against DAP for spurning them, leading to a one year suspension by the party,” Lim said.
“Any party member who genuinely loves their party would communicate policy differences with the party leadership,” he added.
Lim claimed that none of the four had conveyed to him, Kok Wai or national organising secretary Anthony Loke on the so-called deep policy differences with the party.
He said the quartet appeared confused as to what policy differences they are unhappy about.

“They also seem confused about the rationale for resigning, which appears more to be an act of personal retaliation for their defeat in the Malacca state party elections and subsequent suspension for one year,” Lim quipped.
He urged DAP members and leaders to pick ourselves up from this betrayal.
He said no individual leader is bigger than the party.
He will meet Malacca DAP party leaders and members accompanied by several CEC leaders tomorrow at 8pm.
“Let us explain to the people that throwing tantrums to satisfy personal grievances has no room in the larger battle to save Malaysians,” he added.- Mkini

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