PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan component parties, in particular DAP, have failed to provide a check-and-balance mechanism on Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is increasingly behaving like a dictator in making decisions, says MCA vice president Datuk Tan Teik Cheng.
He said DAP’s failure to convince Dr Mahathir to close down the Lynas rare earth plant was evidence that DAP was not a “kingmaker” within Pakatan Harapan.
“What’s the use of six DAP ministers and 42 parliamentarians if they are unable to voice the wishes of the rakyat?
“The confession by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (that this showed that DAP was not a kingmaker as it had been accused of) was not something to be proud of.
“If DAP, which is the largest party within Pakatan Harapan, is unable to convince the Prime Minister to close down Lynas as promised, then what’s the use of having the DAP?” he said in a statement Tuesday (Aug 20).
Tan also ticked off Lim for shirking his responsibility upon taking office to the point of admitting with pride that the extension of Lynas’ operating licence proved that DAP was not a “kingmaker” in Pakatan.
“Is this scenario something to boast about?
"It only further shows how weak the DAP is. Prior to this, they claimed to be championing the rakyat and even promised to check the Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said DAP had mistaken its inability as something to be proud of.
“They have implemented policies that go against the mandate of the people, such as keeping Lynas, the teaching of khat in schools, keeping the 90% quota for bumiputra students in the pre-university course and funding the third national car project.
“And they still proudly said it showed that DAP was not controlling the government. If this is not insane, what is?” he asked.