From what I see, either Kit Siang lied about Mahathir and Muhyiddin, or he has no problem working hand-in-hand with those who abused their powers and who were corrupt in the past.
DAP Chai Leng Park branch publicity secretary Shamsher Singh Thind has quit the party with immediate effect.
Shamser said in a press statement today that he had lost faith in the party leadership, especially with Lim Kit Siang.
He has tendered a month’s notice in writing to the DAP secretary general in accordance with Clause VI of the party constitution which was handed to the office on Nov 11.
“Kit Siang and other prominent opposition leaders have made criticism remarks against Mahathir and Muhyiddin in the past but now it has all changed.
“From what I see, either Kit Siang lied about Mahathir and Muhyiddin, or he has no problem working hand-in-hand with those who abused their powers and who were corrupt in the past.
“Whichever view is adopted, the point that I want to prove is that Kit Siang has lost his credibility.
“Although I admit that the country is not doing well at the moment, I refused to accept the fact that Najib Razak is the greater evil, compared to Mahathir and Muhyiddin Yassin.
“Even if Najib is so far the worst Prime Minister of Malaysia, what can Pakatan Harapan do with its former ally, PAS, and the newly formed Malay-based party?” Shamsher asked.
He highlighted that according to Clause 5 of the Pakatan Harapan Agreement, the presidential council is given the power to make a final decision to decide whose candidate will contest in any particular constituency during an election, in the event the parties are unable to reach an agreement.
However, the presidential council failed to make the final decision and as direct result, both PKR and DAP contested against each other in six state seats during the Sarawak Election 2016.
“I am hopeful but not naive. If Pakatan leaders were unable to make a simple decision, which was very much within their powers, then, in crude term, what the hell can they do for Malaysia?
“The problem with Pakatan is that it loves to move first, think later. That may work in the game of chess but no one runs an effective government in this way.
“For example, PAS-led Kelantan government passed the hudud enactment in 1993 which, due to the limitations imposed by Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, remains unenforceable.
“However, in 2015, when Kelantan government amended the 1993 enactment, one thing has led to the other and DAP reacted by cutting all ties with PAS, except in Selangor.
“My question is this. If ‘no hudud policy’ was so important to DAP, why it was never made a pre-condition that PAS should repeal the 1993 enactment before forming Pakatan Rakyat in 2008?
“From what I see, even after the 2015 amendment, the 1993 enactment is still in the same condition like before the amendment. It is still validly passed but remains unenforceable. So, why did the amendment cause so much of difference to DAP?” he questioned.
He also said that during the last Penang DAP convention at Vistana Hotel, he questioned the party’s leadership for working with Mahathir and Muhyiddin, despite all the sins that they committed to the people, including Ops Lalang.
“The response that I got was in a form of a bizarre question. I was asked that if Kit Siang, who suffered so much at the hands of Mahathir, was willing to set aside the differences and work together for the betterment of the nation, then what seems to be my problem?”
“Karpal is often cited whenever anyone says in politics there are no permanent friends or enemies, only permanent principles.
“That it is acceptable to work with Mahathir to topple Najib?
“If so, then I am sure in future, Kit Siang will have no problem in working with Najib to topple the Prime Minister at the time!
“Karpal once publicly rebuked Kit Siang and Guan Eng for supporting Anwar‟s plan to invite Barisan Nasional MPs to jump ship. Now that Karpal is no more, there is no one in the party leadership that can provide an effective check and balance.
“Therefore, there is no choice left for me other than resigning. I am not dejected for leaving the party sooner than expected, since for me, DAP died with Karpal on Apr 17, 2014.” he added.
He extended his gratitude to Penang Deputy Chief Minister Ramasamy for giving him all the support and encouragement from the day one.