SIBU: A former chairman of Sibu PKR has criticised Sarawak DAP for its participation in the recent Bersih 4 and the July 22 Sarawak for Sarawakian rallies.
Robert Lim said yesterday that the presence of Sarawak DAP members led by its president, Chong Chieng Jen, had painted a bad image for Bersih 4.
“The Bersih 4 rally was for all races who wanted the Government to change. But with DAP there, it had put the event in a bad light in the eyes of the people as there are already misconceptions that it was an opposition-organised event,” he said.
Lim added that with DAP there, it had also projected that Bersih 4 was an all-Chinese affair which in actual fact was not.
“The DAP took to the stage to deliver speeches at the event, taking it as if it was their event. They were trying to show off and to monopolise the event. They should not do that but let other people speak on stage,” he said.
The organiser of the rally should be the one delivering speeches and not the DAP, he added.
“Some of the people who turned up at the rally are still supporting the BN Government and not the opposition. They were there as they wanted the Government to change for the better in view of the current happenings in the country. Just like former prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who made a brief presence at the rally in Kuala Lumpur. He is not against the Government or Umno except that he wanted Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to step down as the premier,” he said.
On DAP members wearing their own set of yellow T-shirts at the rally, he said they were showing disrespect to the rally and the organiser.
As for the Sarawak for Sarawakian rally on July 22, he said it was absurb that DAP was there too when “it were in fact against it”.
“This shows that they were trying to take advantage of the rally for their own political mileage,” he said, adding that rally started in Kuala Baram where the DAP was not supportive of it during its formation stage.
Lim said since DAP spread its wing to Sarawak in 1978, the people had given the party enough chance to bring development to the state but it had failed to do so.