SEGAMAT: A senior citizen from Muar took DAP leaders to task over their failure to meet the people after their victories in last year’s general election in Johor.
The delegate from Maharani, 76-year-old Tan Swee Hwa, said he noticed a lack of presence of the party’s state committee officials after “winning big” in the state.
He voiced his grouses over several issues which he felt the party leaders from Johor had not attended to when taking part in the debate at the state DAP convention here yesterday.
Tan also drew the assembly’s attention to the reduced attendance of Indian delegates, pointing out there were only two delegates from the community, compared to 10 last year.
Simpang Renggam delegate Soh Poh Lin, 49, said members in this parliamentary constituency felt like orphans as there were no party representatives there to listen to their grouses.
“I want to remind the leadership that we have a lot of supporters in the area. Please visit us more often,” Soh said.
State DAP chief Liew Ching Tong in his speech reminded state party leaders to adopt a “government-in-waiting” attitude to realise the party’s dream of taking over the Johor administration.
He said each of the state committee member had been given a portfolio to handle.
“All the leaders have to be the spokesman to raise issues affecting the people,” he said.
Liew added that the party should also work on gaining the non-Chinese support to be a true multi-racial party.
Earlier when opening the convention, secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said party leaders in the state had been tasked with the responsibilities to solve the people’s problems to gain more support in the next general election.
“Johor is a state that gives us bright hope because there are many problems that have not been solved.
“This gives us an opportunity to find solutions to the problems using Pakatan Rakyat’s alternative budget, which focuses on the rak-yat,” he said.
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