Tan Keng Liang comes to Zaid’s defence … sort of

PETALING JAYA: Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang has criticised the DAP for attempting to silence its new member Datuk Zaid Ibrahim.

“Looks like @zaidibrahim learnt the hard way. Such a shame you can’t express your views after (entering) DAP,” Tan said on Twitter on Friday.

The “(DAP claims) to champion freedom of expression and democracy. So, why stop your member @zaidibrahim from expressing his views?” he added.

Zaid ruffled DAP feathers after saying that former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the de facto leader of the Opposition.

He had told a local news portal that there was a silent agreement among the Opposition pact that Dr Mahathir, also the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman, is the current de facto chief.

However, DAP lawmaker Gobind Singh Deo said there was no such silent agreement.

He also criticised Zaid for making such a statement as a DAP member without consulting the party leadership.

Tan said that he agrees with Zaid’s statement that Dr Mahathir is the de facto Opposition chief.

“I think @zaidibrahim (is) merely stating the obvious. Tun M (Dr Mahathir) is the de facto Opposition chief. Why can’t he, as a DAP member, reveal this?” tweeted Tan.

“Perhaps @zaidibrahim should have consulted Tunku Aziz before joining DAP,” he said, referring to former DAP national vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim.

“Looks like you are just meant to be placed in a flower vase. No noise please,” he added.

Tunku Abdul Aziz, who helped found Transparency International-Malaysia, had joined the DAP in 2008 but resigned in 2012, citing irreconcilable differences.

Meanwhile, Zaid joined the DAP on Tuesday, saying he believes he will be able to reach out to Malay voters through the party.

The Opposition leader is currently Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who took over from her husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim after he was jailed for sodomy.





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