I’ll never leave Malaysia, says Kit Siang over claims he’s running away

PETALING JAYA: DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang has squashed rumours that he was running away after photos of him at the Penang Airport last night went viral.

Stating he was at the airport to board a flight to Kuala Lumpur to attend today’s hearing of Seremban Jaya assemblyman P Gunasekaran, Lim said the thought of leaving the country had never entered his mind despite speculation that a new ruling coalition would kick DAP out of federal power.

Gunasekaran, a DAP assemblyman representing Seremban Jaya, was today acquitted and discharged after the Attorney-General Tommy Thomas dropped the charges against him for supporting and possessing items related to the now-defunct Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eeelam (LTTE).

“In fact, the thought of running away from Malaysia never entered the minds of any DAP leader for we are not thieves, robbers or rogues, but dedicated and patriotic Malaysians who want to end Malaysia plunging along the trajectory of a failed, rogue and kleptocratic state,” Lim said in a statement today.

Stressing that attempts to form a back-door government would only “betray and negate” Pakatan Harapan’s promises of a New Malaysia, the Iskandar Puteri MP said Malaysians do not want a return to “dishonesty, perfidy and corruption” as practised by the previous government.

Leaders from PPBM, PAS, Umno and those aligned to PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali gathered at a hotel in Petaling Jaya yesterday amid intense speculation that a shift in political loyalties would be announced – leading to a change in the ruling coalition which could see DAP sidelined.

DAP leaders are now at an emergency meeting at the party’s headquarters discussing what Lim described as “extraordinary political developments”.