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Tunku Aziz’s exit expected, says Mahathir

 | May 16, 2012

DAP was never a suitable party for Tunku Aziz, says the former prime minister.

PUTRAJAYA: The resignation of Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim from the DAP is not surprising, said former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He said Tunku Aziz, who is a man of high-principles, would never “suit” a party like the DAP although he stopped short of saying why.

“I thought from the start he is not suited to be in DAP, I don’t know why he joined,” said Mahathir of the ex-DAP vice-president’s exit from the predominantly Chinese party.

The ex-Bank Negara advisor quit on Monday after a fallout with the party’s central leadership over his remark on the Bersih 3.0 poll reform rally on April 28

The founder of the Malaysian chapter of Transparency International criticised Berish 3.0’s plan to take the streets to demand for free and fair elections.

He said this was in violation of the law and he could not endorse it although he maintained that Bersih’s demand for poll reform was valid.

The statements resulted in a sharp reprimand from party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng himself for placing the party in an “embarrassing position”.

Tunku Aziz chose not to be re-nominated as a senator for Penang when his term expired at the end of this month despite speculation that he was dropped for breaking party ranks.

Offer an insult

On Monday, he announced his resignation from the party after his suggestion that he be subjected to the “same disciplinary procedure as any party member” was not taken up.

Lim, however, said that he didn’t agree for disciplinary action to be taken against Tunku over the matter.

“Indeed there was general unhappiness at all levels in the party that he openly went against the party official position on Bersih before and after rally,” said Lim.

“However just as Tunku has the right to openly voice his dissent, the party’s right to state its position on such a fundamental policy position as Bersih must also be respected.”

The Penang CM now wants Tunku Aziz to reconsider his decision but the latter put paid to any chances of reconciliation when he described Lim’s offer of a position in a party think-tank with a RM50,000 stipend as “biadap” (rude).

The Kedah royalty also said the offer showed Lim’s utter disrespect for him, adding that he was insulted by the offer.

Political rivals were quick to capitalise on the fray and accused Lim of attempted bribery by offering Tunku Aziz position and a high salary to return to the party.

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