JOHOR BARU: Johor DAP chairman Dr Boo Cheng Hau said he is ready to face the music for “speaking frankly” in questioning the party’s central executive committee (CEC) decision on the takeover of its Kedah state liaison committee.
He said his move 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 to be upfront about a problem or illness. I love the party and that is why I spoke out. I am ready to face any consequence for making my stand,” he told a press conference yesterday.
Dr Boo 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.
To ensure DAP’s political survival, he said, its leaders should look into ways to improve the people’s welfare instead of being involved with the in-fighting and power struggles such as those happening in Kedah and Malacca.
On national organising secretary Anthony Loke’s statement that Dr Boo, as a member of the CEC, did not object to the planned takeover when it was discussed in May, he admitted that he did not do so then as the legal position of the CEC at that time was uncertain due to the problem with the Registrar of Societies.
On Monday, Dr Boo had pointed out that he was disturbed by the CEC’s takeover of the Kedah state committee, which was democratically elected.
In Malacca, the feud between rival DAP factions had worsened with state chief Goh Leong San quitting as Opposition Leader and threatening to open a “Pandora’s Box” of wrongdoings.
Meanwhile, Loke called on all party leaders to resolve their issues internally instead of fighting publicly.
“We call upon all party leaders to immediately cease all public spats and outpouring of grievances and allegations and instead use the internal party channels to lodge complaints and resolve disputes.
“The central leadership is prepared to meet the state committees and all involved to listen to their grievances and find amicable solutions to the issues raised,” he said in a statement yesterday.
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