SHAH ALAM: The 2019 DAP National Congress is a closed-door affair in a break from the tradition of the last 10 years in order to facilitate discussions on policies, says party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
“Now that we are in government, we want to discuss issues which are important for policies, which need to be confidential,” he told the press after delivering his policy speech.
Asked if any sensitive issues were brought up during the congress that warranted this, Lim said that some “internal governance affairs” were brought up.
“We want to have a frank discussion,” he added.
Party veteran Lim Kit Siang said the closed door session would encourage all party delegates to give their views.
“We want all to give their views. We don’t want a selective report. We want to avoid that,” he said, adding that the opinion of one or two delegates did not represent the party as a whole.
DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke Siew Fook said that with a media presence, delegates tended not to voice out their thoughts freely.
“We want to give them a free environment to voice out their opinion.
“Usually when there is the presence of media, they tend to reserve their comments. It’s not that we control them,” he said.
Loke noted that they noticed the problem after opening the annual congress to media coverage in the past 10 years.
“We understand the psyche of our members. They are worried they might hurt the party if they say something when the media is present.
“We are in government now and that’s why we want to give them a free environment to say it out loud.
“We do not want them to reserve anything. (We want them to) voice out completely so that the leadership can listen to their grouses and opinions, not for the sake of media consumption,” he added.
Also present at the DAP congress were PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Parti Amanah Nasional president Mohamad Sabu and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia secretary general Datuk Marzuki Yahya.