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Respect decision to amend DAP constitution, Guan Eng tells Liu


Lim Guan Eng (left) has brushed off Ronnie Liu’s ‘God save DAP’ remark, saying the party’s constitution amendment is necessary to plug a ‘loophole’ in the anti-hopping law.

GEORGE TOWN: Sungai Pelek assemblyman Ronnie Liu should respect the decision of DAP delegates to amend the party’s constitution to terminate the membership of elected representatives who do not toe the party line on fundamental issues, says its chairman Lim Guan Eng.

This comes after Liu, a DAP central executive committee (CEC) member, said the party may no longer be “democratic”, and that he would have been removed from the party if the amendment had been in place in the past.

Liu had also said “God save DAP”.

Lim reiterated that the new sacking provision was to plug a “loophole” in the upcoming anti-hopping law, which allowed an MP to remain in his seat despite not being aligned with the party’s ideals.

“If you are serious about getting rid of political frogs, it is a necessary step. It is not just DAP, other parties are doing the same,” he said on the sidelines of an event here.

“There are some who hang on to be elected representatives. They defy party directives, yet they don’t leave the party.

“Those who continuously defy the party’s directive, behaving no different from Barisan Nasional, MCA or even Perikatan Nasional, but remain in the DAP, are they not a thorn in our flesh?

“It is a classic case of someone who looks like a frog, talks and sings like one, too, but they are not technically a frog since they didn’t resign.”

At a special congress on Sept 25, DAP approved a motion to amend its constitution to safeguard the party from this “loophole” in the anti-hopping law.

It follows a similar move by Pakatan Harapan’s component party, Amanah. - FMT

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