DAP suffers backlash as Pakatan Harapan walks back on Malaysian election pledges

Khat issue seen as last straw for Chinese-dominated party's supporters after spate of pro-Malay policies

Democratic Action Party (DAP) secretary-general Lim Guan Eng openly disagreed with Prime Minister Mahathir after the latter labelled Chinese education group Dong Zong "racist".
Democratic Action Party (DAP) secretary-general Lim Guan Eng openly disagreed with Prime Minister Mahathir after the latter labelled Chinese education group Dong Zong "racist".PHOTO: REUTERS

Unfulfilled pledges and a spate of pro-Malay policies by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration have worn down the patience of Democratic Action Party (DAP) supporters, with some calling for the Chinese-dominated outfit to quit the Mahathir Mohamad government.

Twice in the space of a week, the DAP - which accounts for a third of MPs in the four-party PH alliance - has summoned its elected representatives to find a way forward on key issues. The move has seen a string of top leaders, including secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, in open disagreement with Tun Dr Mahathir.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 15, 2019, with the headline 'DAP suffers backlash as PH walks back on election pledges'. Subscribe