Teo questions Kit Siang’s leading role in opposition coalition

(The Star) – Sabah Special Tasks Minister Datuk Teo Chee Kang has questioned whether DAP will move to influence the opposition parties through proxy leaders in view of DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang not holding the opposition leader position.

“With 38 Parliament and 96 State seats, DAP is undoubtedly the strongest opposition party. By convention, its leader Lim Kit Siang should be the opposition leader in Parliament,” Teo said in a Facebook post on Sunday.

“It is obvious that he is playing the leading role not only in taking on the front bench in Parliament, but also in running Pakatan Harapan as a whole,” said Teo, who is also Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president.

“I am puzzled as to why he is shying away from the position of Opposition Leader. Constitutionally, he is even qualified to be the Prime Minister!” said Teo.

Teo said that by refusing to take the top leadership of Pakatan Harapan or Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Lim gives the impression that he is using Malay leaders within Pakatan Harapan to fight Barisan Nasional.

“The question in everyone’s mind is, even though DAP is not the leader of Pakatan Harapan, will DAP exert its influence and call the shots in Pakatan Harapan through Malay proxy leaders? Will DAP be the puppet master behind the scene? Lim Kit Siang must come out clean and explain to Malaysians because it is very strange to see the biggest party in a coalition allowing minor parties to take the lead,” he said.