PETALING JAYA: DAP cannot fool the public into believing the appointment of Hew Kuan Yau as the chief executive officer of Malaysia-China Business Council (MCBC) was not political, said former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Taking a swipe at DAP chairman Tan Kok Wai for claiming that Hew was no longer associated with the party, Najib said many had seen him actively campaigning on stage for the party in the run up to the 14th General Election.
“Who will believe (Kok Wai’s claim that Hew was no longer associated with DAP). People are not blind. Many saw Hew appearing as speaker at DAP events,” he said in a Facebook posting on Tuesday (Feb 5).
Najib said this following Tan’s rebuttal to MCA vice-president Tan Teik Cheng’s claim that Pakatan Harapan had backtracked on its initial resolve to do away with political appointments by appointing Hew to the post.
Hew, who also goes by the moniker “Superman Hew” for his fondness for wearing T-shirts with the superhero’s logo, is a former DAP member known for his outspokenness.
He left the party in 2016 after receiving flak over his Facebook post claiming that “The South China Sea belongs to China. Don’t oppose China just because you’re anti-communist”
Tan, who is also the MCBC chairman, had claimed that the issue of political appointment should not arise because Hew was no longer a member.
Najib called on DAP to admit that it was rewarding Hew for loyally serving the party’s cause, as he had been active in its ceramah circuit even after quitting the party in 2016.
Noting that Hew’s controversial claim was condemned, Najib said quitting the party was merely for show to distance the party from Hew’s controversial claim.
Teik Cheng had questioned DAP’s rational in appointing Hew to the critical post aimed at boosting Malaysia-China trade relations, saying there were other more qualified candidates currently serving in the corporate sector.
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