PETALING JAYA: DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang has sounded out a warning that the party now appears to be as chaotic and disunited as other major political parties in the country, saying that its opponents are “clapping their hands in glee”.
He said until recently, the DAP had proven to be the most united party with none of the 42 MPs elected in the last general election (GE14) leaving the party.
“But recent days tell a very different story about unity in the party. This is a matter which must concern all DAP leaders, members and supporters who are serious about pursuing the dream of a united, progressive and prosperous world-class Malaysia.
“We are in politics, not for ourselves, but for the nation and for the sake of our children and grandchildren,” he said at a party function last night.
The Iskandar Puteri MP was alluding to the debate within the party after its Pandamaran assemblyman Ronnie Liew said the party should not become “less Chinese” in the pursuit of its Malaysian dream.
This caused a huge uproar within the party with observers claiming that the DAP is now split between the English-educated and Chinese-educated members.
He said the DAP cannot continue to be seen as a chaotic and divided party if it aims to re-inspire Malaysians in pursuit of making the nation great again.
“We must set an example of confidence and hope for the future and be a beacon of light in the difficult and distracted ‘new politics’ of Malaysia,” he added.
According to Lim, Malaysia is in the throes of an identity crisis where no one political party can exercise hegemony, adding that power is based on a more equitable form of coalition politics.
“This is arising from the coming together of different political parties based on a consensus of what is good for us all.
“We have yet to find a sure footing in the new coalition politics where there is no one party exercising political hegemony but instead based on interests of the diverse races, religions and cultures,” he said.
Lim said the nation has yet to fully develop this culture where the prime minister and the Cabinet ministers are fully guided by the principles of coalition power.
“That is why there is the ‘Three Kingdom’ phenomenon among Umno, PAS and Bersatu in government.
“Umno, having tasted power for six decades, does not want to be the No 2 party in government. It wants to have the prime minister’s post.
“But will Muhyiddin Yassin be successful in dividing Umno by roping in the support of the party’s ministers in the Perikatan Nasional-led government against the ‘court cluster’ and continue to lead? Only time will tell,” he said.