PETALING JAYA: DAP’s Ronnie Liu, who is under scrutiny for a statement deemed damaging to Pakatan Harapan (PH), today asked if the same treatment would be given to Mohamed Azmin Ali after the PKR deputy president said Dr Mahathir Mohamad should be allowed to serve the full term as prime minister.
Liu said he was ready to be referred to DAP’s disciplinary committee for saying that PH could form the government without PPBM.
However, he questioned the lack of action against Azmin whom he said had openly defied the PH agreement for the prime minister’s post to be handed over to Anwar Ibrahim.
“But whatever the outcome, I will stay true to my conscience as an elected representative whose boss is ultimately the people,” he said in a statement to FMT.
Liu, a DAP central executive committee member, had cautioned Mahathir against making remarks that are out of line with PH’s values.
He claimed the prime minister was pushing for a dominant Malay-based party to control the coalition, citing the acceptance of former Umno politicians into PPBM.
The Sungai Pelek assemblyman also hit out at Mahathir over the continuation of laws which he called repressive, the decision not to deport controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik back to India, and the failure to specify a date to hand over power to Anwar.
He said today that he was ready to face the disciplinary committee as he felt he had said nothing wrong.
“Many of the things I raised are also based on what the public is openly expressing on social media,” he said.
“Whether it is before the party disciplinary committee or otherwise, I will continue to defend the right to freedom of speech.”
He added that his views were expressed in good faith and did not represent the position of DAP.