Step down and make way for other leaders, Umno Youth tells Kit Siang

MELISSA DARLYNE CHOW


KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Youth deputy chief Khairul Azwan Harun today challenged DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang to step down and allow other party leaders, like Dr Tan Seng Giaw, to take over.

Khairul said Lim had tried to topple Barisan Nasional during general elections several times, but had failed – which should lead to his resignation.

"Usually, leaders who flop during the general elections would be changed (with someone else), but it is not the case with Lim.

"He has been in politics for 48 years. It is too long.

"He should give way to Tan Seng Giaw. Why? This is because I feel that he is more credible, compared to Lim," he said in a press conference on the sidelines of the Dewan Negara sitting today.

Khairul also said that Lim is autocratic, and cited his disruptive behaviour when Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang wanted to table the proposed amendments to the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 during the Dewan Rakyat proceedings recently.

"This is not how a leader should behave. He was disrespectful.

"Even if he disagreed, he should have used the debate session to voice his disenchantment," Khairul said.

Khairul added that Lim should also take up the debate challenge issued by former DAP leader, Tunku Aziz, on the dictatorial rules and policies which have become the basis of the party’s leadership.