KUALA LUMPUR: DAP's Liew Chin Tong should focus on fixing his party's democratic deficit rather than peddling fake news, smearing and pushing outright lies about the Government, said the press secretary of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Datuk Seri Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad (pic) said Liew, who is Kluang MP, should be more concerned about the serious predicament DAP is facing.
He said the party does not know if it will be allowed to use its rocket logo in the coming general election as the current central executive committee is not recognised by the Registrar of Societies.
"This is because DAP's party elections are alleged to be gerrymandered and an undemocratic fix up by Penang Official 1 and his father to perpetuate the family's half-century long dictatorship over DAP.
"This means DAP's secretary-general, Penang Official 1 (Lim Guan Eng), is in no position to authorise anything in the party as he is not legally recognised.
"In fact, DAP's entire leadership is under threat and could be declared illegal for its alleged election manipulation," he said in a statement on Saturday night.
Tengku Sariffuddin also said what Liew and his colleagues could do for their party is to ask Penang Official 1, who is facing corruption charges, to resign and ask DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang to retire after half a century of failed dictatorship.
He urged DAP vice-chairman Dr Tan Seng Giaw, who is more concerned for the people's welfare than for his personal power, to take over the party leadership.
Tengku Sariffuddin said that if Liew refuses, he should just keep quiet and refrain from parroting the tired old smears of a tired old dictator.
"We are now in the 21st century. Dictators are relics of the past although the Opposition, even though it claims to speak for democracy, now has not one but two dictators leading it," he added. - Bernama