The Royal Selangor Club had already accepted RMx000 payment for the venue for Zaid Ibrahim to hold his event. So all their “public” statements about why they cancelled the event are pretty ‘incriminating’. Now the Selangor Club has to refund the RMx000. How do you explain that?
Anyway Zaid held the event at his house in KL this morning. I was there. Here are some thoughts and some pictures.
Zaid Ibrahim is the first ex UMNO, ex Cabinet Minister to join the DAP. Zaid’s entry into the DAP sends huge waves and huge signals not only through the Malay community but also through the DAP. YB Ariff Sabri, also ex UMNO is already the DAP’s Member of Parliament for Raub. It is not impossible for Malays to find common cause with the DAP. I think we will be seeing more of this in the future.
For the DAP it is an opportunity to show that ‘No we are not Chinese chauvinists’.
In his speech, Tun Dr Mahathir also mentioned that the loudest spokesperson for the DAP’s “Chinese chauvinism” was a man called Karpal Singh, who was not Chinese. Dr Mahathir said that many well known DAP leaders were non Chinese. V David, Mat Nor something, the Sta Maria brothers, Karpal Singh, Ariffin Omar, Ramasamy Palanisamy and a few others are/were not Chinese.
Mr Lim Kit Siang gave a short speech. No doubt the DAP is a very strong and very steady political party. They are the second largest political party in terms of the number of Parliamentary seats. The DAP’s great strength is that Mr Lim has never lost focus of what the DAP should achieve.
He ended his speech by saying “Lets Make Malaysia Great Again”.