PETALING JAYA – DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang’s (pic) offer to retire is merely a diversion from his “undemocratic power grab”, says Datuk Seri Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad.
“Every time Kit Siang fails to get his way as a leader, he tries to win sympathy by announcing he is prepared to sacrifice himself and retire in order to save DAP,” said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s press secretary, who likened the act to touring operas that go from town to town, repeating the same drama.
He added in a press statement on Wednesday that most people do not buy Lim’s announcement as they have heard it before.
“Dictators do not retire – they make others retire, but not themselves. They only make offers of retirement when they need to divert attention from their own failures.
“Kit Siang obviously has no intention of passing on the party leadership to (DAP national vice-chairman) Dr Tan Seng Giaw,” he said.
Tengku Sariffuddin also noted the current predicament DAP had with the Registry of Societies (RoS), and implied that Lim may be hoping for the party to get deregistered for his own benefit.
Tengku Sariffuddin also said that the legal status of DAP’s central executive committee (CEC) and its secretary-general were not recognised by the RoS.
On Monday, Lim warned DAP members to prepare for the possibility that the party may be deregistered and its logo disallowed before the next general election.
According to Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the RoS has received a letter from DAP requesting that leaders elected in its previous party polls be recognised as valid office bearers.
The decision on whether DAP will be deregistered may be known by next week. The party’s fate will depend on whether it had breached its constitution and regulations.
“Nobody is talking about deregistering DAP except for Kit Siang and his sidekicks. Maybe Kit Siang is hoping for deregistration so that he can get rid of those party members and half the CEC delegates who are known in DAP to be against his dictatorship and the Lim family dynasty,” Tengku Sariffuddin said.
He advised Lim to refrain from talking about deregistration of DAP and stop blaming Umno and Barisan Nasional for DAP’s internal party problems.
“It is time for Kit Siang to retire from his half-century long dictatorship. Malaysians should know that it would be a disaster for the country if the DAP-led opposition were ever to wield power,” said Tengku Sariffuddin.