Malacca DAP today suffered a second wave of resignations, after the departure of veteran member and its sole MP, Sim Tong Him and three state assemblypersons last month.
Some 182 grassroots members, led by seven former DAP state committee members, quit citing “disappointment” with the party.
Among others they said the party deviated from its “Malaysians Malaysia” principle, former Malacca DAP state secretary Liou Chen Kuang said.
Besides Liou, the six other former state committee members leading the resignations are N Ghandi, Low Chew Lim, Henry Kang, Kenny Tam, Kng Tuan Hock and Tee Ai Yen.
Liou also criticised the DAP for “selling out Chinese honour” to gain votes for power, alleged failure to weed out internal corruption as well as claimed interference of central leadership in state party matters.
“We decided to take this decision after a month of consideration and consultation with local supporters and members.
“The 182 members decided to renounce the party membership as DAP has deviated from its struggle,” Liou, who joined DAP 18 years ago, told Malaysiakini.
However, DAP state secretary Khoo Poay Tiong denied the party has deviated from the “Malaysian Malaysia” principle and urged the members to reconsider their decision.
“As I understand, they (the disgruntled members) will courier their resignation letters to the central leadership.
“If they have not sent (the letters) out, I urge them to please cool down and reconsider it,” the Ayer Keroh assemblyperson said when contacted.