Source: The Mole
DAP leaders have downplayed questions surrounding Lim Kit Siang’s long stay at the top in the opposition party while also suggesting that he should be treated as a national treasure.
According to deputy secretary-general Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham, Lim the advisor had stepped down as chairman 10 years ago but remained in a leadership role only as requested by the party.
Lim, 73, has been a recent subject of attack by Barisan Nasional leaders after he dismissed Umno’s talk about rejuvenation.
To Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, Lim has been the one and only DAP leader for more than four decades.
Lim’s political secretary and defeated Teluk-Intan by-election candidate Dyana Sofya had also commented that Umno would not transform and was giving false hope to young Malays since the party had not put candidates below 35 years in elections.
Khairy’s response is simple: “Umno has witnessed changes in its presidency over the years, from Tunku Abdul Rahman to Tun Razak to Tun Hussein Onn to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and now Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
“But the DAP since 1969 has always been Kit Siang, Kit Siang, Kit Siang, Kit Siang, Kit Siang.”
Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang also took a jibe at Lim via his tweet by comparing the latter to dictatorial leaders in North Korea.
“North Korea also can’t beat DAP @limkitsiang ….congrats,” he tweeted with photos of only three who had led North Korea since 1969.
This attracted a strong reaction from Penang DAP Publicity assistant public secretary Ng Wei Aik.
“Lim has been with the party since day one and through its lowest points, so why should we replace him if he is not a liability?”
But the Tanjong Member of Parliament would not mind Lim resigning.