DAP a failed party, Kit Siang a failed leader, claims Penang BN - Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia

DAP a failed party, Kit Siang a failed leader, claims Penang BN

GEORGE TOWN: DAP is a failed party and its adviser, Lim Kit Siang, is a failed leader, Penang Barisan Nasional alleged today.

State BN chairman Teng Chang Yeow said Malaysians were not at all surprised by Lim’s twists and turns in politics, as his 52-year record spoke volumes of it.

Teng, who is also the state Gerakan chairman, said Lim and DAP's art of twisting and turning were well-known.

"Whenever, they fail to win an argument against their opponent, their next move will be to run their opponents down, belittle them, name-calling and divert the issue to other unrelated matters.

"I have accepted his challenge to contest in a DAP stronghold in Penang. All the seats he had mentioned, be it Sungai Pinang, Batu Lancang or Padang Kota, I agreed to face him. My simple question to him on whether he will be returning to Penang to contest in the next general election remains unanswered. I only require a simple answer of 'yes' or 'no'.

"This is not rocket science. I have accepted his challenge. Am I a coward as he claimed? Or is Lim a coward for his refusal to say yes or no?" Teng said today.

Speculation is rife that Lim may be contesting in Penang again in the coming 14th General Election.

This follows the circulation of a screen grab of what was alleged to be the Gelang Patah member of parliament’s voter details, showing that his electoral address now falls under the Komtar state and Tanjung parliamentary seats.

Political pundits are predicting that Lim is preparing to take over from his son, Guan Eng, who is currently awaiting trial for two corruption charges over the purchase of his controversial Jalan Pinhorn bungalow.

Teng added that if Gerakan was a "three stooges" party as Lim called them, then DAP, under Lim, must be a failed party.

"They came into power via self-proclaiming to be on a corrupt-free, transparent, accountable and competent governance platform.

"But today, look at the situation. The DAP-led Penang government is beleaguered with corruption scandals, non-transparency and incompetency. Their antics in resorting to legal actions against their critics, even against newspapers and journalists, is now another hallmark of DAP. Is this not a failed party?

"In this respect, Gerakan’s record of good governance while in power, stands out prominently," he noted.

Teng said another confirmation of DAP as a "failed party" was when Lim and DAP abandoned their own 52-year principle by first embracing Pas, which Lim had once rejected because of Pas’ objective of forming an Islamic State, to currently embracing Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, whom Lim had criticised and chastised for the last 40 years.

"Also, as one of the commander-in chiefs of Pakatan Rakyat, Lim now serves as a sergeant-at-arms of Pakatan Harapan despite the fact that DAP has far more seats than Dr Mahathir's Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).

"Is this not a failed party? Is this not a failed leadership?" he further questioned.

Teng said Lim had argued that the last three days of his public exchanges with Gerakan leaders over the former's acceptance of his challenge was something trivial.

"If it was trivial, he wouldn’t have spent three days replying. Lim knew well that his intention of returning to Penang will cause a split in his party.

"The only way to ensure that the split is well contained before the general election is to spring a surprise and make a last minute entry to contest in Penang. Gerakan leaders have pre-empted his intention.

"That was why he needed to spend three days replying to us, while claiming that it is a trivial matter. There will be no more surprises when Lim eventually comes back to contest in Penang. His refusal to say yes or no is a cowardly move."

 

Source: https://www.nst.com.my/news/politics/2017/08/272053/dap-failed-party-kit-siang-failed-leader-claims-penang-bn

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