KUALA LUMPUR, March 29 ― DAP leaders who are moderate may have a chance to shine if the allegedly “extremist” veterans like its parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang would retire, Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan suggested today.
The Barisan Nasional (BN) strategic communications director claimed that Kit Siang and his son Lim Guan Eng were controlling the federal Opposition party, causing deep-seated nepotism.
“There is nepotism and it flourishes in DAP. There is a monopoly by the Lim family,” Abdul Rahman told reporters in Parliament.
The minister in the Prime Minister’s Department further claimed that nepotism and Kit Siang’s alleged “dictatorship” was the reason the Opposition had repeatedly failed to dislodge the BN from power in the past 13 general elections.
“Stop being a dictator and please retire. You have lost 13 times, when are you going to throw in the towel?” he asked, directing the question at the senior Lim.
He then said a new batch of DAP leaders may emerge from under Kit Siang’s shadow.
“Who knows after him, the DAP leadership can be more moderate instead of being extremists,” the Kota Belud MP added.
Abdul Rahman and Kit Siang have been sparring verbally these past few days after the minister revived an old argument and accused the Gelang Patah MP of rigging the results of the 2012 DAP internal elections to keep his son in a powerful position and marginalised another veteran lawmaker, Kepong MP Dr Tan Seng Giaw.
Earlier today, Kit Siang offered to school the Umno lawmaker for free on how to be a strategic communicator.
“You don't have to give me a strategic lesson on this because it's a fact. The fact is that RoS is investigating DAP over some of the issues with regards to their elections.
“The RoS was concerned about some of the alleged abuses,” Abdul Rahman said in response, referring to the Registrar of Societies.