GEORGE TOWN: A former DAP member has slammed party adviser Lim Kit Siang for not asking his son, Lim Guan Eng, to step down as Penang chief minister pending his two graft charges.
Former DAP Bagan Luar member S. Pannir Selvam, who left the party in 2013, claimed Kit Siang was practising double standards and dictatorship by failing to ask his son to step down as the chief minister.
He also expressed disappointment with the “removal” of Dr Tan Seng Giaw from his post as party vice-chairman, despite Guan Eng being allowed to remain as DAP secretary-general.
“What is all this? Why such double standards?
“You should accept former DAP vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim’s debate challenge to prove you are not a dictator as alleged,” he told reporters here today.
He described Dr Tan as a DAP leader who was “well-liked” by the Indian members in the party.
“Has your leadership ever taken care of the welfare of the Indians in the party? We, the Indians, are human beings too. We are not outcasts. We have morals and principals, and we have been fighting together for the people and the country.
“What have you done for us? What have you done to look after our welfare?” he asked Kit Siang.
Pannir Selvam claimed throughout Kit Siang’s 51 years in politics, the latter only taught party members how to be a “dictator” and “cheat” their way through the party’s central executive committee (CEC) elections.
“We want to know why you (Kit Siang) shed tears after receiving a letter by the Registrar of Societies (RoS) dated April 17, 2013. We hope they were not crocodile tears to garner sympathy.
It was reported in 2013 that Kit Siang shed tears during a press conference after the RoS declared that it did not recognise DAP’s CEC lineup, just 48 hours before nomination day for the 13th General Election.
Earlier this month, Tunku Aziz challenged Kit Siang to a debate on the proposition that his party was essentially a dictatorship.
He had issued the challenge to confront Kit Siang’s decision to choose a Malay to helm the Pakatan Harapan pact, a strategy he claimed was aimed at deceiving Malay voters into believing that a Malay would be in the seat of power, and would govern the country, should the opposition coalition to win the next general election.
Tunku Aziz had argued that Kit Siang’s decision to forego the opposition leader’s post was a tactic to calm Malay fears of a DAP leader taking over power in the country.