DAP may have a bigger number of unseen latent ‘cancer’ apart from the ones who recently quit the party in Malacca, warned Kota Melaka MP Sim Tong Him.
Sim was referring to the comment made by DAP acting chairperson Tan Kok Wai who had welcomed the resignation of the four elected representatives because “they have changed and I consider them a cancer within the party”.
Tan was responding to the resignations of Sim, Duyong assemblyperson Goh Leong San, Bachang assemblyperson Lim Jak Wong and Kesidang assemblyperson Chin Choong Seong on Sunday.
Sim said the decision to quit the party was made a few months ago but they decided to announce it a week after the one-year suspension ended so as not to disturb the Chinese New Year celebration.
He said he resigned due to DAP’s opportunistic stance on major issues recently, rather than losing in party election as some leaders claimed.
Responding to Tan’s accusation, Sim said cancer grows from inside.
“Don’t call us cancer. We were not planted by outsiders, but grew from the body. We were not removed, but quit ourselves.
“If this is the case, shouldn’t DAP conduct a body check-up to see how many hidden cancer in the body? Once the cancer erupts, it could be fatal,” he told Malaysiakini in an interview at his office in Malacca, a day after his resignation.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng had admitted his mistake in trusting Sim and his faction leaders to remain loyal to DAP and the campaign to Save Malaysia.
In the one-hour interview, Sim described the likes of Lim as “hypocrites” and called their statements “irresponsible”.
“I admit that I am not loyal to the party leadership. Loyalty is something for the leadership to earn, not ask. I am committed to the party’s struggle, but not blindly loyal to the leadership. If the party is correct, even if you don’t ask, I will support it.
“You say we are not loyal to DAP? No, we are not loyal to certain leaders in the party. We do not worship gods (in the party), not (blindly) loyal to Lim Guan Eng,” he said.
The leadership rarely contacted him since the suspension and did not even call him after his resignation, Sim lamented.
“Never question my loyalty to the party. If I am not loyal to the party, I won’t stay in DAP for a long time.
“If you say I am not loyal because I resign, then who am I not loyal to? Not loyal to the party? It is you who thinks you are DAP. I am not loyal to you, hence not loyal to DAP. If I betrayed DAP and bought by others, I should have stayed at home, afraid to come out.”
DAP opportunistic by joining hands with Dr M
Sim recalled that he left his job in a bank where he was a union leader and joined DAP after the party fared badly in the 1982 general election, to the point where DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang even cried.
“We consoled him. He (Lim) said DAP was strong in publicity but weak in organisation. He said you are from a union, should not just help in the election, but join the party directly.
“I went back and gave it a lot of consideration. I thought it was time to make a decision,” he said.
Now, Sim said, DAP is being opportunistic by joining hands with former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who had condemned the opposition party for many years.
He said the grassroots are worried and they complained about the “confusing” direction of the party.
“He (Mahathir) was the person the DAP criticised. During his tenure, privatisation, cronyism, corruption, white elephant projects... those were what you condemned, but now you accept it.
“We can say forget about the past and move on. What is important is to topple Najib. But the people will think, what is this for? Is it because gaining power is more important than principles?” Sim asked.
He said DAP and the opposition should show their policies, rather than ask voters to support them blindly.
“If DAP is being like this, I don’t want to be a party to it. This is not what I joined the party for.
“I have started to think. If we achieve it (to take power), this is just going to be another MCA or Barisan Nasional, what is the point for me?” he asked.- Mkini