Yit Foong: DAP Didn’t Want Me

By LIU SUJUN/Translated by DOMINIC LOH/Sin Chew Daily

Hee Yit Foong said she left DAP not because she wanted to take revenge against the party, but because the party didn't want her.

She said she wanted to stay on, but what DAP secretary-general Lim Guang Eng had said made her feel that she was not wanted by the party, and she had no choice but to quit.

Lim Guang Eng had said any state assemblyman out of touch for more than 24 hours would be deemed to have resigned from the party.

She said the problems she encountered in the party had been accumulated for a very long time, and she definitely did not quit because she was not given a new official car.

Yit Foong said during an exclusive interview with Sin Chew Daily on Saturday that certain people in the party had tried to reject and sideline her, for example, state chairman Ngeh Koo Ham had said in a meeting last year that she would not be given the opportunity in the next election.

She said Lim Kit Siang knew about this thing but pretended not know anything.

She lamented that party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng failed to see the truth and had not tried to find out the truth.

"Certain people in the party have tried to smear me such that I have become sidelined and isolated. Some state assemblymen even keep a distance from me as if I were a leper."

She said when she tried to find out something from other state assemblymen, they just said they knew nothing, especially the executive councillors.

She said someone purposely replaced the city councillors in her constituency (Jelapang). She had asked to meet the menteri besar personally because of this matter, adding that there was black and white to prove this.

She said from the various incidents, it was obvious that those who had tried to destroy her intended to squeeze her out of the party step-by-step.

Pressure from within DAP

Yit Foong admitted that she did not come under tremendous external pressure in the face of the overwhelming accusations against her. Instead, she said her pressure had come chiefly from the party (DAP) itself.

She said all the negative news about her in recent days had been plotted by DAP, adding that those standing up to reprimand her were people with conflict of interests with her.

"From what I've read in the newspapers, among those condemning me are people with conflict of interests with me in the past, not those who have helped me."

Yit Foong said DAP had plotted to make people hate her. However, she felt this was not important as she could understand their feelings.

She felt that not all people would point their fingers at her, adding that those knowing her situation would understand her.

She said after assessing the situation she would decide later when to go back to her constituency to face the voters.