Goh: Other DAP leaders have praised BN, too

Leven Woon, FMT

Embattled Malacca DAP chief Goh Leong San, who quit as the state opposition leader on Tuesday after coming under criticism from state DAP leaders for praising the chief minister, showed proof that others in the party have done so to other Barisan Nasional leaders before.

Citing news reports on March 27, 2011, Goh said DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng had praised the then Minister in the Prime Minister Department Nazri Aziz as being a serving MP, and that the party had no problem accepting the Umno leader.

On April 30, 2010, DAP parliamentary Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang has also commended Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak for fulfilling the allocation promise to Chinese schools.

Goh asked why his Malacca DAP comrades, who have kicked up a fuss over his praising remarks on the chief minister, had never condemned the top leaders for committing such acts.

He was referring to Ayer Keroh assemblyman Khoo Poay Tiong and Kota Laksamana assemblyman Lai Kuen Ban who had condemned him for praising the BN.

“They have said my statement is a precursor of me defecting to BN, does the same logic apply to Kit Siang and Guan Eng?” he was quoted as saying in the Sin Chew Daily today.

The Duyong assemblyman, claimed that he was made an Aunt Sally solely because Khoo and Lai were vying for the state opposition leader post.

Following Goh’s resignation, his ally, Malacca DAP deputy chief Lim Jak Wong, has also resigned as the state party whip, leaving two positions vacant.