KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17, 2016:
The people should look at the make-up of DAP’s leadership to assess whether the party was truly multiracial, said Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang.
This was Tan’s response to DAP’s intention to field more Malay candidates in the next general election, despite carrying a reputation for being a Chinese-dominated party.
“They (DAP) are (merely) trying.
“Anything that is superficial on the surface may not represent the actual content.
“The packaging is not as important as the contents. So whether DAP is multiracial or not, I think it’s best if you look at their top leadership. Does it really represent a multiracial party?”
He asked this of reporters when met on the sidelines of a Gerakan briefing on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) at the party’s headquarters, here, this evening.
The briefing was given by International Trade and Industry Ministry’s deputy secretary-general (Strategy and Monitoring), Datuk J. Jayasiri, who is the country’s chief negotiator for the TPPA.
Tan said the people must also look at the sentiments among DAP’s grassroots delegates, in terms of who they voted for in the party elections.
“Most of their delegates have rejected and prefer a particular race.
“DAP previously had the late Karpal Singh, but who is now the chairman of the party and the secretary-general?”
“Look at their list. It’s self-explanatory, I think if you try to say that you will want to recruit more from the Malay community, are there any representing them?”
During DAP’s last party elections in Selangor, Tan said its national legal bureau secretary Gobind Singh Deo was not made state chairman although he garnered the most votes.
“It was the number eight person who became the chairman. Why was Tony Pua promoted when it was Gobind who got the most votes?”
Tan said Gerakan, on the other hand, had vice-presidents who were non-Chinese, Datuk A. Kohilan Pillay and Datuk Dr Asharuddin Ahmad, who were elected and not appointed.