MALACCA – Kota Melaka MP Sim Tong Him has hit out at those criticising his exit from DAP, describing them as people without analytical minds.
He said no person in the right frame of mind would want to resign after more than three decades in a party without a valid reason.
“I have been with DAP since 1974, and those criticising my decision to leave should do some soul-searching and not divert the issue to conceal weaknesses in the party.
“They (the party leadership) should ask themselves why a man wants to seek divorce after 43 years of marriage,” he said Monday.
Sim said those who refuse to understand his reasons for resigning from the party should not question his loyalty.
“I was committed to the party’s struggle before the current leadership deviated from its core objectives.
“My loyalty and commitment were to the party and I am not a person who will kow tow (be subservient) to party leaders who seem to have forgotten their humble beginnings,” he said.
Sim said he has contested on the DAP ticket since 1982 and is capable of gauging for himself the good and bad developments taking shape in the party.
“I am unfazed by certain party leaders who want to conceal the truth and are attempting to shift the blame on me by painting the picture that I am disloyal.
“Previously, it was wrong for me to air my grievances in public on certain issues. Now, I don’t have the right to resign?” he retorted.
Sim was commenting on DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng’s statement that the resignation is an act of disloyalty although the Malacca opposition stalwart had denied it.
On Sunday, Sim together with three Malacca assemblymen – Goh Leong San (Duyong), Lim Jak Wong (Bachang) and Chin Choon Seong (Kesidang) resigned from the party after 12 years of bitter relations between them and another faction in the state DAP as well as the national leadership.