SHAH ALAM: The DAP’s Special Congress session this morning kicked off on a sour note with a dramatic confrontation between several party members and a former comrade who was protesting against their leadership.
The 9.30am encounter in front of the Ideal Convention Centre here where DAP delegates are scheduled to vote in 20 leaders to their Central Executive Committee (CEC), saw protestor Tony Tan holding up a banner and shouting out his frustrations over the conduct of several DAP leaders, including its secretary general Lim Guan Eng and vice-chairman Teresa Kok.
But his protest was met with hostility by delegates, with one man – believed to be a DAP member – driving his SUV towards Tan in an intimidating manner, and honking loudly when the latter was speaking to the media.
At one point, the driver alighted from his vehicle and approached Tan, shouting in Chinese and aggressively bumping his body into him.
However, the driver was immediately appeased by several men clad in DAP’s red t-shirt, and asked to leave.
Tan, who was Kok’s assistant before resigning in 2007, was accompanied by four others and were about to begin their demonstration when several people believed to be DAP members went up to him and berated him in Chinese.
The exchange became heated as Tan and one of the men engaged in a shouting match while pointing at each other’s faces.
When Tan started speaking out about what he claimed were injustices committed against former DAP member Danny Lim, who died in 2014; and the late Teoh Beng Hock, he was again harassed by others, including several who hurled profanities at Tan for speaking out against the party.
During the protest, Tan was heard mentioning getting justice for Lim and Teoh, and called for DAP delegates not to vote in corrupt leaders to the CEC.
He claimed that Kok, who is Seputeh Member of Parliament, had been unfair in suing Lim for questioning her about a donation she received for the party.
Tan also claimed that since Teoh died while he was being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in 2009, the blame should also be laid on party leaders who “taught Teoh how to be corrupt.”