Keadilan: DAP behaving like dictator in seat talks

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 21 Aug 2003

PENANG: The DAP behaves like a dictator when negotiating seat allocation with Parti Keadilan Nasional as the former is only interested in Chinese majority constituencies, state Keadilan public liaison bureau chief Peter Lim claimed. 

Calling on DAP secretary-general Kerk Kim Hock to apologise to Keadilan for accusing it of leaking information on seat negotiations to the press, Lim said the bureau wanted a fair negotiation as it was important to transcend ethnic and cultural barriers to project a multi-racial image. 

“Kerk must investigate who leaked the information first before blaming Keadilan and suspending negotiations,” he said yesterday. 

He said DAP should not be adamant about wanting certain seats as the negotiations should be based on the candidates’ popularity, credibility and place of residence. 

Alleging that state DAP chief Chow Kon Yeow as the first to leak information to the press which was published in a Chinese daily on July 15, Lim said Keadilan never intended to contest in seats won by the DAP in the last general election. 

Lim said Kerk wanted to suspend the seat negotiations after state Keadilan chief Dr Mansor Othman made statements to the press early this month, “but it was Chow who first leaked information.” 

In an immediate response, Chow said: 

“Negotiations on state seats only began on July 21, and we came to a stalemate on July 29.  

“How could I have leaked information on July 15, prior to the negotiation?” he asked. 

“I merely told the reporter who interviewed me that the DAP wanted to contest in more state seats compared to the seven parliamentary seats and 17 state seats contested in the last election,” he said, adding that it was the reporter who made the deduction that DAP was targeting eight parliamentary seats and 20 state seats. 

“It is not my wish to aggravate the situation as I feel there is no need to point fingers at any party. But Penang Keadilan knows very well who gave the information to the press. 

“The person who jeopardised the negotiations should be feeling very guilty,” he said, adding that he appreciated Keadilan’s willingness to re-open the door to resume negotiation.  

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