Unhappy with party's handling of 4 ex-leaders, 182 DAP members stage exit

ARNAZ M. KHAIRUL

MALACCA: Still reeling from the wounds after four party stalwarts announced their resignations from the party exactly a month ago, DAP were dealt with another damning blow when 182 members jointly exited the party today.

The party members, led by now former Malacca DAP deputy chairman Liou Chen Kuang, announced the mass exit at the Kota Laksamana independent assembly service centre this afternoon.

In the press conference, Liou said the decision was made after taking into consideration the party's approach and handling of the joint resignation of their four former stalwarts last month.

On Feb 12, Kota Melaka MP Sim Tong Him, Bachang assemblyman Lim Jak Wong, Kesidang assemblyman Chin Choon Seong and Duyong assemblyman Goh Leong San had all announced their resignation citing a loss of confidence in the party's leadership under secretary general Lim Guan Eng.

The quartet also stated that the party had strayed from its original struggle in collaborating with former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his new party, the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).

The 182 resignations have drawn similar conclusions behind their decisions.

"The DAP acting chairman Tan Kok Wai himself has branded the quartet as cancerous within the party and have unsettled the grassroots," said Liou.

"This cannot be accepted because, for example, Sim as Kota Melaka assemblyman has been of service to the party and the people for over 35 years."