GEORGE TOWN, Feb 14 — Malacca DAP leaders and members will be meeting tonight to discuss issues plaguing the party following the resignation of four elected representatives in the state.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the state chapter will discuss issues like Barisan Nasional's claim that the four lawmakers resigned due to the cooperation between Lim Kit Siang and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed and allegations that DAP is still working with PAS.
He said the four representatives, whom he labelled as the Gang of Four, had been unable to provide any solid rationale for leaving the party.
"The Gang of Four appears confused as to what policy difference with the party leadership they are unhappy about, especially when they have never communicated them to top CEC leaders," he said in a statement.
Two days ago, Kota Melaka MP Sim Tong Him, Duyong assemblyman Goh Leong San, Bachang assemblyman Lim Jak Wong and Kesidang assemblyman Chin Choong Seong announced they were leaving DAP citing loss of confidence in the party leadership.
Sim and Goh had earned a one-year suspension last March backdated to February 7, 2016 for allegedly disparaging the party through a court case against another party member.
Guan Eng believed their resignation was an act of personal retaliation for their defeat in the Malacca state party elections in 2015 and the subsequent suspension.
Guan Eng admitted making a mistake in believing that Sim would remain loyal to DAP despite his differences with the party's CEC leaders.
"This was the reason why the Gang of Four were given seats to contest in the 2013 general elections," he explained.
He said their resignation had given Barisan Nasional (BN) a gift in the next general elections.
"I wish to publicly apologise to the party and the people for my mistake in choosing to trust in the loyalty of the Gang Of Four to the DAP, especially after I was cheated by Sim Tong Him’s pledge that ‘he lived as DAP and would die as a DAP man’," he said.
Guan Eng claimed Sim had "repeatedly pledged his undying loyalty" to DAP even when he had stood as an independent in the Kota Laksamana state seat in 2013.
"Clearly it is not the party that has changed, but it is Sim that has changed by breaking his solemn pledge made publicly in 2013," he said.
He warned party leaders and members not to underestimate the threat posed by the "outrageous and ridiculous" claims made by the four men.
"Neither should party leaders and members underestimate the ability by BN leaders to carry out their predictions of more of such acts of ‘betrayals’," he said.