‘Perak DAP too has godfathers, warlords’

MCA Youth claims that the ‘high-handedness’ trait of DAP leaders also exists in Perak.

(Free Malaysia Today) – The “godfather-warlord” feud in Penang DAP is also prevalent in Perak DAP, MCA Youth chairman Mah Hang Soon claims today.

He said that it has become a trait with the opposition leaders in the two states to sideline other members in the party.

He added that Perak DAP chairman Ngeh Koo Ham and state party secretary Nga Kor Ming have also being “high-handed” in their behaviour towards other members.

He said in a statement that their “authoritarian rule” and “godfather-warlord” behaviour had alienated many Perak DAP leaders.

Mah was commenting on the feud between DAP chairman Karpal Singh and Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy, which has escalated into an open “warfare”.

“It has become a trait of DAP leaders to be high-handed. Many Perak DAP leaders, who are alienated by the Ngeh-Nga authoritarian rule, are contemplating leaving the party,” he claimed.

This was evident when two DAP representatives had quit the party because they were disillusioned with them (Ngeh and Nga), said Mah, who is Perak state executive council member.

Jelapang assemblywoman Hee Yit Foong left the party in February 2009. Her departure played an instrumental role in the Barisan Nasional power grab in Perak.

The other was Malim Nawar assemblyman Keshwinder Singh who resigned in June 2010.

Too stubborn

Mah, who is Chenderiang assemblyman, said that this “high-handedness” showed that DAP leaders would be indifferent to their electorate should they win in the coming national polls.

“If they form the government, they will not take into consideration the voices of the electorate,” he added.

Mah said that the “godfather” row showed that DAP leaders were “too stubborn to place the rakyat’s welfare above childish self-interests”.

The quarrel between Karpal and Ramasamy erupted when a Tamil daily, Makkal Osai, quoted the latter as announcing that the party would field a list of Indian candidates including three women – D Kamachi, P Kasturi (daughter of the late DAP stalwart P Patto), and an unknown lawyer from Penang, K Mangleswari.

Ramasamy was also quoted as saying that parliamentarians M Kulasegaran (Ipoh Barat), Gobind Singh Deo (Puchong), Charles Santiago (Klang) and M Manogaran, and assemblymen A Sivanesan (Sungkai), A Sivasubramaniam (Buntong), V Sivakumar (Tronoh) and P Gunasekaren (Senawang) were certain of contesting in the coming general election.

He also reportedly said that he would re-contest both his Prai state and Batu Kawan parliamentary seats.

This irked Karpal who said that no party leader or even member has the right to bypass the party top decision-making body, the central executive committee (CEC), to allot seats for their cronies.

He then warned Ramasamy to behave and not act like a warlord by circumventing the leadership to announce seats for his cronies.