KUALA LUMPUR – Feb 13, 2017: DAP supporters are said to be confused following the resignation of a member of parliament and three assemblymen from the party in Malacca.
Some are having doubts about the party’s future and blaming its inconsistent decisions while others reacted to it by saying good riddance to the four.
The four — Kota Melaka MP Sim Tong Him, Duyong assemblyman Goh Leong San, Bachang assemblyman Lim Jak Wong and Kesidang assemblyman Chin Choong Seong — had announced their resignations at a press conference yesterday, citing disappointment with party leaders and the party’s deviation from its original goal.
Supporter Derek Alan De Souza assumed that the resignations were driven by their personal disappointment. “For an MP and Adun to resign collectively must have been motivated by a reason!”
Tim Fin reacted by writing good riddance to bad rubbish.
“DAP will be stronger minus those trouble-causers, who most probably have accepted the government’s brand.”
Daniel Foo Instone was of the opinion that the resignations were done at a wrong time.
“What an excellent timing to complain (on the party’s direction). Why now? Why do they keep quiet all this while? If you are honourable, just resign and don’t join other parties,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, there are those who took a hard-hitting swipe at DAP as they believe that the party’s current direction is eroding members’ confidence in the party.
Jeyaseelen Anthony claims that the resignations were triggered by DAP’s tie-up with Pribumi Bersatu.
“This is why I left the party. Many are unhappy after DAP formed an alliance with Tun Dr Mahathir. Now that Lim Kit Siang has offered to work with Pas again, more of them are disappointed. This ‘U-turns’ have damaged the party’s name.”
Khairul Ibz concurs. “DAP looks desperate for Malays’ support and Lim Kit Siang has made many stupid decisions, making the party looked like a beggar.”
DAP member from Malacca David Low calls for the party leadership to resolve the issue. “These four have been instrumental in the opposition initiatives since I was young and they are often in our local newspaper assisting the people. Most of the locals here wish the state leadership crisis is to be resolved.”
Political analysts who talked to The Mole agreed that such an apparent tussle will cause a widening fracture in the party.
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) senior lecturer Assoc Prof Dr Jeniri Amir Jeniri said more DAP members would see the resignation as a signal to leave the party.
However, Jeniri believes that many of those who support the party will continue to do in the next general election.
“The seats hold by these representatives (who resigned), are Chinese majority seats. The common trend among Chinese constituents is that, they vote for the party, not for the candidates. Hence, by right there shouldn’t be any apparent effect on the party.”
Universiti Utara Malaysia senior lecturer in political and international studies Md Shukri Shuib concurs.
“It shows that DAP is undemocratic and does not accept constructive criticism from its representatives, but, that’s just it. We should wait and see the quartet’s next move,” Md Shukri said.
Geostrategist Azmi Hassan said the resignations were a direct challenge to DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
He believes that the resignations were caused by disappointment towards Lim’s policies and decisions that were made in Malacca before Lim moved to Penang to be the chief minister.
“The politics of Malacca DAP stemmed from the Lim’s era, when he was the ‘supremo’ in the state. The resignation is a culmination of a decade long animosity in the state. This is however quite rare compared to DAP’s usual political style.”
Azmi added the resignations may cause havoc among the party grassroots who have long supported the ex-lawmakers in the state, and that it might affect the party’s chances in retaining its strongholds.