DAP should be ashamed for hero worshipping Malaysia's former premier Mahathir: MCA chief

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohammed arrives for a mass rally calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 19, 2016.
Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohammed arrives for a mass rally calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 19, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP) has come under fire for allowing Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to take centre stage at its national convention.

Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) president Liow Tiong Lai said DAP leaders were fond of preaching political principles but in reality never practised such values.

"This is the man who called DAP a racist party, which it still is, but now Dr Mahathir says it isn't.

"This is the man who used the ISA (Internal Security Act) to put DAP leaders in jail but now they hug and kiss him.

"The DAP accused him of being a dictator but now they hero worship him," he said in a statement on Monday (Dec 5).

Liow, who is also Transport Minister, said that DAP leaders should be ashamed just as some members were now questioning them.

"Lim Guan Eng has totally abandoned political principles, just like he asked the Chinese to support PAS in the last general election," he said.

He said Lim - DAP's secretary-general - and the other DAP leaders campaigned hard for opposition Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), saying the Chinese voters must never forget their alliance.

"The DAP increased the number of PAS MPs via Chinese voters and now we have this 'baby' called Hadi's Bill.

"They are now saying they are not responsible. What nonsense!" he said.

Liow urged DAP members to quit the party to show they believe in the politics of principles.