DAP: We never suggested splitting peninsula along racial lines

Past chairman of DAP’s Kota branch Wong Ang Peng (left) and former inspector-general of police Hanif Omar.

PETALING JAYA: DAP took a former top cop to task today for claiming he had put Lim Kit Siang in detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA) because the party had suggested that Peninsular Malaysia be split along racial lines.

Capt Dr Wong Ang Peng (Rtd), the past chairman of the DAP Kota branch in Klang, said the party was appalled at Hanif Omar’s remarks at an event at Universiti Teknologi Mara on Sept 6, adding that Hanif was “creating his own history”.

“His whimsical creation on a racial regional divide is mischievous. The fact is, DAP never ever suggested anything as suggested by Hanif,” he said in a statement.

Hanif was reported as saying he had put Lim under ISA detention during Ops Lalang because “DAP suggested that Peninsular Malaysia be split into two: the east coast for the Malays and the west coast for the Chinese”.

He also claimed that DAP had not helped in the fight against the communists.

Wong said although DAP might not have helped, it had “never ever” supported the communists, either.

“We applaud the heroism and the sacrifices of our men in uniform who fought against our nation’s enemies,” he said, adding that DAP had been at the forefront in campaigning for social justice and good governance “from the very beginning”.

“Our party and leaders have been the bogeymen for race and religious politicking,” he said.

“We did not hear a squeak from Hanif when all the various scandals were reported in the last few years, including the infamous 1MDB.”