PETALING JAYA: A DAP leader has hit out at Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman for claiming that the party has become a “lapdog”, describing the Muda president’s remarks as “going overboard”.
Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali said Syed Saddiq seemed to have forgotten the loyalty and support that DAP showed him and Muda candidates in the general election (GE15) last November and in the Johor state polls in March 2022.
The DAP central executive committee member cited how his party helped them to win their seats.
“Although (DAP’s help) may not necessarily be the main factor, Syed Saddiq should be reminded of the significant efforts by DAP, which led to Muda clinching single seats in Johor at both state and parliamentary levels,” he added.
In GE15, Syed Saddiq successfully defended the Muar parliamentary seat and in the state polls, Muda secretary-general Amira Aisya Abd Aziz won the Puteri Wangsa state seat.
Yesterday, DAP vice-chairman Nga Kor Ming said Syed Saddiq should meet the unity government’s top leaders to voice the party’s dissatisfaction over deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi being granted a conditional discharge from his graft charges.
Nga said that a face-to-face discussion would be more professional than making public statements to the media regarding developments in the case involving the Umno president.
The local government development minister was responding to Muda’s warning that it might reconsider its position in the unity government following Zahid’s discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA) given by the High Court in his corruption case on Monday.
In response to Nga, Syed Saddiq doubled down and said he agreed with former Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin who accused DAP of now becoming a “lapdog” that allows abuse of power.
Syed Saddiq also called out Nga in his tweet by sharing several posts made by the latter in the past, in which he had accused Zahid of corruption.
To this, Sheikh Umar said such attacks are to be expected of Khairy, whom he calls an “outsider”, but it is unacceptable coming from Syed Saddiq.