No dissent in the DAP


No dissent in the DAP

No dissent in the DAP

Saturday, December 31, 2011
  • Lim Kit Siang & Lim Guan Eng
A very powerful father-and-son team.

KUALA LUMPUR: A prominent blogger has suggested that there is a strong intolerance of dissent in the DAP that extends from the party’s senior leader to his son, the chief minister of Penang, and that important issues get brushed aside as a result.


In a December 29 posting in her blog Reboot Your Thinking, Helen Ang highlighted remarks made by former DAP members Wee Choo Keong (now independent MP for Wangsa Maju) and Kua Kia Soong about Lim Kit Siang’s tight control over the party.


Ang referred to Kua’s book ‘Inside the DAP’ and also a recent interview with a news portal, in which he had said Kit Siang “has become synonymous with the DAP through concentration of power and authority in his position,” and that the DAP veteran leader  “didn’t seem to be able to settle simple questions of doubt cast in the media, such as the question of the ‘father and son’ syndrome in the DAP.”


Kua had also said that party insiders faithful to Lim were “sycophants” and “tiresome emperor’s apologists”.


Ang also mentioned remarks by Wee, who held the Bukit Bintang parliamentary seat from 1990 to 1995 and was expelled from the party in 1998.


Wee had said (in the same article that quoted Kua) that dissent is not allowed in the DAP, due to the power wielded by Kit Siang, who held the secretary-general previously.


Ang highlighted another remark by Wee about a DAP “witch hunt” against former MP Tan Tee Beng and Zahrain Mohd Hashim in 2010. Both men left the Pakatan Rakyat and are now independent MPs.


Like Wee, Ang likened the DAP’s stifling of dissent to McCarthyism, referring to the anti-communist activities of US senator Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s.


“It was this political McCarthyism (practicing witch hunts) practiced by the DAP that brought them into Pakatan Rakyat,” said Ang, who added, “The latest victim is MPPP (Penang Municipal Council) councillor Lim Boo Chang, who resigned this month.”


“Boo Chang had rejected the one-sided sPICE (Sub-terranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition Centre) agreement approved in the MPPP budget without council members being given a copy of the contract for review,” she said.


Ang said she wanted to know if it was true that Boo Chang had not been given a copy of the contract, and also if it was true that MPPP councillor Li Mah Hui had received a copy.


“Easy question, right?” Ang asked.


Ang contrasted the ridicule directed at Boo Chang on Twitter (led by Lim Guan Eng’s political secretary, Ng Wai Aik) with the silence of Lim Mah Hui, who is also a representative of an NGO.


“If his colleague Lim Mah Hui remains silent, we must conclude that the CAT (Competency, Accountability, Transparency) portrayed by the DAP is just a ‘horned cat’,” she said.

She added, “Even NGOs in Pulau Pinang have been successfully tamed by the DAP.”


Read Helen Ang’s full post (in Bahasa Malaysia) at REBOOT YOUR THINKING.