Announcing his decision to join Gerakan, Sivasubramaniam claimed that seven or eight more DAP assemblymen from Perak were also planning to quit the party.“We will wait and see either
next month or during the DAP party elections in October. There will be surprises for sure,” he told a press conference here yesterday.
The three-term assemblyman said after being a DAP member
for the past 23 years and becoming a Perikatan-friendly independent since March, he had decided to join Gerakan to help fight for his constituents.
Sivasubramaniam claimed that some 600 members from 21 out of the 40 DAP branches in Buntong had also joined Gerakan.
Some of those members were present at yesterday’s press conference.
“What has happened in the past 22 months under Pakatan Harapan’s ruling, as well as its collapse, is very disappointing.
“We all think that DAP is a multiracial party but in reality, the fact is too bitter to swallow,” he added.
The “democracy” in Perak DAP was controlled by one or two people, he claimed at the press conference after getting his membership approval from Gerakan president Datuk Dr Dominic Lau.
On March 9, it was reported that three assemblymen from Perak Pakatan had declared themselves as independent representatives.
Besides Sivasubramaniam, the other assemblymen were Paul Yong (DAP-Tronoh) and Hasnul Zulkarnain Abdul Munaim (Amanah-Titi Serong).
They announced their departure from the coalition shortly after Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu formed the state government with Umno and PAS under the Perikatan coalition in March.
Asked if he would still contest in Buntong in the next general election, Sivasubramaniam replied: “Why shouldn’t I? Buntong is in
my heart and I need to settle a few matters there which DAP was not able to deliver.”
Lau welcomed Sivasubramaniam and the other members to Gerakan.
Perak DAP, in its response, “thanked” Gerakan for taking in former party members who were “without principles”.
In its statement directed at Sivasubramaniam, it said he had been fired by the party’s central disciplinary committee, together with Yong, in March for betraying the people’s mandate.
The statement added that DAP members who attended the press conference together with Sivasubramaniam would be stripped of their party membership immediately.
It said DAP would contest in Buntong in the next general election and party grassroots in Buntong were strong.
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