Kit Siang appeals to Chinese to unite

(MMO) – The allegations of a “tyrant and emperor” leading DAP are due to a difference in views, said DAP veteran Tan Sri Lim Kit Siang.

He said the candidates had already been decided so it was time to unite and move forward.

He also said the allegations were an open expression of different views.

“Once it’s decided, we move forward,” he told reporters during a walkabout with DAP candidates at Campbell Street including state chairman Chow Kon Yeow, Komtar candidate Teh Lai Heng and Pengkalan Kota candidate Wong Yuee Harng.

“We want to impress on the people that DAP is a disciplined and united party,” he said.

“We have more in common together than those outside,” he added.

He said the six state elections were not only important for the states, but also for all Malaysians.

“This is a reset and return to the original nation-building principles of a plural Malaysia,” he said.

He said this is the time to move forward for Malaysia to rise again.

Over the last few days, former DAP assemblyman M. Satees and former councillor David Marshel hurled allegations that a “tyrant” and “emperor” was trying to take over Penang DAP and the Penang state government.

They alleged that the “tyrant” was behaving like an emperor who could do what he liked with Penang.

They also alleged a plot by the “tyrant” to oust Chow as chief minister and state DAP chairman.

David, who named Lim’s son, Guan Eng, as the “tyrant”, claimed the Air Putih candidate is plotting his return as chief minister of Penang.

They claimed Guan Eng had a hand in selecting 17 out of the 19 candidates who are in his “camp.”

Both Satees and David resigned from the party and stood as Independent candidates in Bagan Dalam and Perai respectively.

Both said they are campaigning to reject Guan Eng and pledged their full support for Chow as chief minister.

Earlier today, when asked to comment on the duo’s allegations against him, Guan Eng brushed the question off.

“Not worthwhile to comment,” he said while refusing to say anything further.

DAP, under the Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional unity front, is fielding 19 candidates while PKR 13, BN six and Amanah two in Penang.

Other than facing candidates from another major coalition, Perikatan Nasional, they will also face independent candidates and candidates from smaller parties like Muda, Parti Rakyat Malaysia and Penang Front Party in 11 seats.

A total 95 candidates have been nominated today to vie for 40 state seats in Penang.

The state elections are held concurrently with Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan.

Voters will go to the polls on August 12.