DAP’s Teng and Liu quarrel again


PETALING JAYA: An old feud between two DAP leaders has erupted once again, in another drama to Pakatan Rakyat’s attempt to oust Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim as Selangor Mentri Besar.

Datuk Teng Chang Khim and Ronnie Liu, his former colleague in the state executive council, traded barbs on social media over the proposed Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) project.

In a Facebook posting on Sunday, the State Local Government, Study and Research Committee chairman hit out at Liu for his “about-turn” on the issue following the declassification of documents dated Feb 15, 2012, over a State Economic Action Council meeting.

“Initially, Liu was calling for the project to be suspended for what he criticised as Khalid’s lack of transparency,” said Teng. “But after the documents were declassified, it was revealed that the project’s approval was subject to the fulfilment of several pre-conditions.

“This meant that the project had not been approved yet. Why then was Liu attacking Khalid and the state government which he was once a part of and calling for the project’s suspension?

“Only when the true situation emerged that Liu stated that there was no approval for the project,” Teng said.

In response, Liu accused Teng and Khalid of being inconsistent with their stand on the Kidex project.

“Now that Teng has confessed that Kidex was never approved by the state government, would he be gentleman enough to apologise to me for his earlier accusations?

“So much about CAT (Competency, Accountability and Transparency) and honesty as politician,” he posted yesterday.

Liu said both Khalid and Teng did not have the guts to offer a final answer over Kidex despite fierce opposition from the public.

“He (Khalid) has to go or else Pakatan Rakyat may not retain the state in the next general election,” he said when contacted.

The rivalry between both senior DAP members was evident during the party’s state elections in 2010.

Liu reportedly joined Teng’s rival faction, headed by former state executive councillor Teresa Kok, in a bid to oust the then Selangor Speaker.

Liu failed to earn a seat in the state committee, although his support for Kok ensured that she became the state chairman, defeating Teng by a single vote.