Source: Free Malaysia Today
Sunday’s party polls an indication that delegates wish to see father and son make way for more capable leaders to helm DAP, says Huan Cheng Guan.
A political commentator today called on Lim Kit Siang and his son, Guan Eng, to step down from DAP leadership following damaging decline in their popular votes in Sunday’s party polls.
Sensible and Ethical Malaysian United Team (Semut) president Huan Cheng Guan said both father and son should heed the message sent out by delegates and gracefully make way for other capable leaders to run the DAP.
Huan said both Lims suffered biggest drop in popular votes among newly elected top 20 central executive committee (CEC) members.
Instead of stepping aside for others to take over, the father and son had reinforced their rule with the latest CEC appointments despite the decline in their popularity, added Huan.
He said the Lims should walk their talk just as how they lambasted Barisan Nasional for losing the moral ground to rule after it lost its popular votes in the 13th general election.
Only 1,725 of the eligible 2,576 delegates voted in party polls on Sept 29, which was lower by 5.3% from the 1,823 delegates who attended the CEC elections in Penang on Dec 15, 2012.
Party secretary-general Guan Eng’s 1,304 votes this time compared with 1,576 votes secured last year was a huge decline by 17.2% or 272 votes.
‘Are the warlords listening?’
Party parliamentary leader Kit Siang received 1,436 votes, which was a drop of 171 votes or 10.64% from the 1,607 votes he garnered in 2012.
“Both father and son suffered the two biggest drops in votes among all top 20 winners. Delegates have sent a clear message of their discontent with both of them. The Lims have clearly lost popularity among DAP members.
“They should set an example in accordance with the same standard they set for BN. They should step down immediately and pave way for new leaders to take over,” said Huan in a statement here today.
Guan Eng had tried to blame his vote decline to a drop in attendance, but Huan pointed out that the DAP secretary-general’s votes dropped three times than the drop in attendance.
Huan claimed that the DAP election results showed that party members were rising to the call that “the Lim Dynasty must end.
He said the CEC polls had left behind burning embers fanned by winds of change, indicating internal forces at work to dislodge the Lim Dynasty’s iron grip on DAP and bring about change as espoused by the party’s Ubah slogan.
He said a look at the election results indicated increasing popularity among Liew Chin Tong, who finished top in the polls, Zairil Khir Johari, Chow Kon Yeow, Gobind Singh Deo and Teresa Kok Suh Sim.
“The tokong (deity) Guan Eng should make way for new blood to be injected into DAP if he was true to his ‘Ubah’ maxim. Party delegates have spoken. But are the warlords listening?” he asked.