IPOH: The three DAP members who were sacked by the disciplinary committee have described their sacking as “unreasonable”, but the party says action was taken based on facts.
Batu Gajah district councillor Kong Lai Ling and two others were sacked following a demonstration outside Tronoh assemblyman Paul Yong Choo Kiong’s service centre in March.
“We were on duty at the service centre. A party member from the Pusing branch had brought a group of people from Menglembu and Sungai Siput to demonstrate in front of the centre,” she said in a statement yesterday.
Besides creating a commotion, Kong said the group also burnt a poster of Yong at the Pusing branch office.
“After four months, party leaders did not get a clear picture of the incident. Some facts were twisted and we were accused of staging a demonstration to defend Yong, which does not make sense,” she said.
On Tuesday, Kong, service centre assistants Ng Sook Whye and Khi Poh Chong were sacked by the party’s disciplinary committee.
Eight other members were issued with show-cause letters while another was suspended for a year.
Following the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan state government in March, Yong together with A. Sivasubramaniam (DAP-Buntong) and Hasnul Zulkarnain Abd Munaim (Amanah-Titi Serong) quit their respective parties to become independents.
A group of people then protested outside Yong’s service centre, demanding him to resign as the assemblyman.
Kong, who is also Yong’s political secretary, said they were disappointed that party leaders did not act against those who demonstrated and called for Yong’s resignation.
“Is DAP encouraging a culture of gangsterism and an unhealthy political extremism among its members?“Yong has been looking after his voters. We will continue to support him and no longer wish to be with the party,” she said.
When contacted, state DAP chief Nga Kor Ming said the disciplinary committee had investigated the complaints and found them guilty based on “clear facts”.
“In my opinion, they should apologise to the party and not make unfounded accusations.
“The party had given them opportunities to serve in the past years,” he said.
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