Ex-DAP secretary urges Kit Siang to accept Tunku Aziz debate challenge

ZAIDI ISHAM ISMAIL


SEREMBAN : Former DAP secretary for Bukit Mas, Seremban, Vijaiyan Sivanathan has urged DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang to accept the challenge issued by the party's former vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim to an open debate.


Vijaiyan said Kit Siang has to come out in the open and prove to members that for the past 51 years, he is not a dictator but instead, a member who abides by the party constitution.


"Kit Siang must accept the challenge because otherwise, allegations made against him that he is running a family-based party together with his son Guan Eng and other cronies are true," Vijaiyan told reporters here today.


Vijaiyan was commenting on Tunku Abdul Aziz's challenge to Lim on April 4 to debate on the party policies and alleged dictatorship, which he said has become the party's base, after Lim made the decision to appoint a Malay to chair Pakatan Harapan.


Vijaiyan, who left the party in 2012, said DAP has done nothing in the state of Negri Sembilan to look after the welfare of the Indian community and the party under Lim has become dictatorial and oppressive.


He added that party members have a right to know why the Registrar of Societies did not recognise the CEC in 2012 and 2013.


"Kit Siang has to come out in the open and tell us the truth to dispel claims by several party members that he is a dictator."


Vijaiyan said if Kit Siang does not want to be open, he should not be surprised if some DAP members in Negri Sembilan quit the party like in Malacca, where 182 DAP members including six branch chairmen reportedly quit as they were unhappy with the current party leadership.