Johor DAP chief Dr Boo is ready to face the music for questioning party leadership


  • Nation
  • Friday, 11 Oct 2013

JOHOR BARU: Johor DAP chairman Dr Boo Cheng Hau is ready to face the music for "speaking frankly" when questioning the party's central executive committee (CEC) decision about the takeover of the Kedah DAP state liason committee.

He said that his decision to come out in the open on the matter was not to gain popularity but to speak his mind as he felt strongly about the issue.

"As a medical doctor, I always tell my patients upfront about a problem or illness. I love the party and that is why I spoke out on this issue.

"I do not think that just because I dare to speak I should face the music. Anyway I am ready to face the consequences. My conscience is clear," Dr Boo said during a press conference here Friday.

He stressed that it was important for the party to have clear guidelines on how the CEC could take over a state leadership and to allow for more autonomy for the state.

"I have also written to party chairman Karpal Singh on the matter, including highlighting some events, including the Malaysian Dream Movement, which was announced without any prior CEC discussion or approval," he added.

Dr Boo added that to ensure DAP's political survival, its leaders should look into ways to improve the people's welfare instead of being involved in infighting and power struggles which was happening in Kedah and, now, Malacca.

On national organising secretary Antony Loke's statement that Dr Boo, as a member of the CEC did not object to the planned takeover when it was proposed and discussed in May, he admitted that he did not object then as the legal position of the CEC at that time was uncertain due to the problem with the Registrar of Societies (ROS).

"I also did not want to appear to be the bad guy all the time while there were more than 20 other CEC members who should have the wisdom without me giving any dissenting views," he added.

On Monday, Dr Boo pointed out that he was extremely disturbed by the CEC's take over of the Kedah state committee, which was democratically elected.

He added that it was not timely and appropriate for the CEC to take over the state committee without an independent inquiry as we were told that there were several factional divisions within the Kedah DAP that warranted a take over.

Dr Boo called on the CEC to review its earlier decision to take over the Kedah DAP state committee and instead form a three-man panel to investigate and find the reason for factionalism that led to the takeover.

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