Perak political impasse: Two assemblyman say they did nothing wrong

IPOH: Two Perak DAP assemblyman are standing by their statements, saying that they did nothing wrong to be criticised by their own state party leaders.

Malim Nawar assemblyman Leong Cheok Keng said he only questioned Nga Kor Ming on how the state party chief was going to take responsibility if he had made a mistake by working with Umno.

"They alleged that I made a personal attack on a leader.

"A personal attack is when I call names or talk bad about his family, which I didn't do," he said when contacted.

"I only directed some questions to the state chairman, not the leadership. I found no merits in their accusations," he added.

During the recent political turmoil over the issue of Perak Mentri Besar, Nga said they were willing to work with Umno to form the state government.

Nga also said during the negotiation with Umno, they wanted to adhere to the principles of multiracialism, upholding integrity and good governance.

Yesterday, the state DAP issued a joint statement signed by 17 leaders, slamming Leong, Pasir Bedamar assemblyman Terence Naidu and Pokok Assam assemblyman Leow Thye Yih for issuing statements without going through the proper channels.

Among those who jointly issued the statement included Beruas MP Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham, Ipoh Timur MP Wong Kah Woh, Batu Gajah MP V. Sivakumar, Tebing Tinggi assemblyman Abdul Aziz Bari, Sungkai assemblyman A. Sivanesan, Pasir Pinji assemblyman Howard Lee and Senator Nga Hock Cheh.

They said the three assemblymen have violated party discipline and tarnished its image.

Leong said a lot of supporters and members were questioning the party direction as to how to deal with Umno and Barisan Nasional in the future. "We've criticised Umno in the past, but are we friends or foes now?

"I think the party leaders need to give us a clear direction," he said.

Leong said he has been excluded from state party meetings.

"I've been removed from the party's WhatsApp group except for a dormant one.

"They have not given me a channel to voice out," he said.

Separately, Terence said his statement was no different from the one made by party adviser Lim Kit Siang, who remarked that the party would not work with kleptocrats.

"I am also a state committee member and have the rights to share my views. "But there was no discussion or meeting for me to voice out my opinion beforehand.

"I should have a say in the matter, unless the statement by the chairman was made in his personal capacity or in the name of the central executive committee," he said.

On the joint statement, Terence said he was in the dark.

"It seems I was not privy to information despite being a state committee.

"Only if a party decision was made, then I would toe the line," he said.

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