PETALING JAYA: MCA veteran Yap Pian Hon has hit out at DAP for saying it is unsuited to play the role of check and balance for Pakatan Harapan (PH), claiming such comments go against Malaysia’s democratic system.
“It is a ridiculous statement,” he told FMT. “DAP is also reversing on its message of democracy and how when it was part of the opposition, it too fought for the existence of checks and balances.
“Now that it is part of the government, all of a sudden there is a change in principles and struggles.”
He was responding to DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang and PH’s candidate for the Balakong by-election, Wong Siew Ki, who had both dismissed MCA’s potential to act as a check and balance in Selangor.
Lim said MCA must reform itself before it could be considered by the voters, adding that it was “part of a 60-year Barisan Nasional government that has been involved in abuse of power”.
“At present, what is important is to change the abuse of power that has been going on for 60 years,” he said yesterday. “That is more crucial than what MCA said (about checks and balances)
“We agree with the concept of check and balance, but MCA cannot play this role.”
Wong meanwhile reportedly shot down the manifesto of her contender, MCA’s Tan Chee Teong, in which he had voiced his aim to be a check and balance in the state assembly.
She said PH did not need MCA to serve as a check and balance in Selangor.
Highlighting the similarities in their statements, Yap said this showed that the senior DAP leadership “still wants to control everything”.
“They are unwilling to let the younger leaders speak up. Free speech in DAP is still not allowed, and this is an example.
“It seems like the younger ones have to follow what the senior leaders say or risk being sidelined in the party.”
He added that DAP had become “too arrogant” since PH’s victory in the May 9 general election.
“It’s time for the people of Balakong to teach DAP a lesson,” he said.
The Balakong seat fell vacant following the death of its assemblyman, Eddie Ng of DAP, in an accident on the Grand Saga Expressway on July 20.
The by-election will be held on Sept 8.