Former DAP vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim said the DAP is a party of contradictions, when it says one thing and does something else.
In an exclusive interview with KLpos recently, Tunku Aziz revealed the drama behind the holier-than-thou attitude of the DAP.
He said when he joined DAP, they went to town and paid lofty tributes to him, but the moment he left, there were trails of allegations that he had been bought by UMNO, along with fabrications that he was actually paid by the MCA.
To humour them, the founder of the Malaysian Chapter of Transparency International in turn asked what the role of the MIC was in the alleged plot.
He said, in the DAP, the moment you said something which went against party lines, you would be demonised, but if you said something nice about them, or some things they did well, you would suddenly become a hero, as was the case when he joined them.
Tunku Aziz lamented that such was the DAP’s standard script, along with rabid expectations for people like him to say only good things about the party…to say wrong about things that were right.
However, in Tunku Aziz, the DAP was in for a shock. Given his straightforward and in-your-face style, he would not hold his punches.
He said many of those who knew him were familiar with his steadfast persona. He had criticised the government…he had criticised the Barisan Nasional through his books and straight talks.
Tunku Aziz said he would criticise when there was a need to criticise, and he would not criticise for the sake of criticising.
He said he criticised the government and BN because he felt that someone had to do it.
And there he was. When it came to a point when he stridently lashed out at UMNO, he was even elevated to a super hero status.
But all the praises came to nought when he ran against the party line, for which he was nothing more than a demon – an evil person.
To draw a parallel, he referred to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
He said Guan Eng talked a lot about freedom of the press, but just look at how he treated the media. He refused to speak to the media just because the media did not write what he wanted.
Tunku Aziz said Guan Eng failed to practice what he preached about the freedom of the press. He could not accept the fact that the media is free, and that he could not dictate what they reported.
“So, where is the inclusiveness that they talk about? There is none of that,” asked Tunku Aziz.
“So, you are dealing a party that obviously says one thing, but does something else, “he added.