DAP disciplinary committee issues letter to Malim Nawar rep to explain talk of joining MCA

PETALING JAYA: The DAP disciplinary committee has issued a letter to Malim Nawar assemblyman Leong Cheok Keng (pic) following media reports that he was joining MCA.

Committee chairman Chong Chieng Jen said under the DAP constitution, a DAP member ceases to be one if the individual becomes a member of another political party.

"Any act of applying for membership in another party is deemed to be a treacherous act to the party. The DAP constitution also empowers the disciplinary committee to act against any member whose conduct is detrimental to the interests of the party.

"The committee is waiting for a response from Leong and will act accordingly," he said on Wednesday (Jan 6).

Several Chinese media outlets had claimed that Leong, Pokok Asam assemblyman Leow Thye Yih as well as several other DAP members were quitting the party to join MCA.

However, on Tuesday (Jan 5), Leow said that he had no intention of joining MCA as speculated.

Leong, meanwhile, replied: "No comment".

During the recent Perak political crisis, both Leow and Leong were among those who had said that they were in the dark over a statement by state party chairman Nga Kor Ming on DAP's willingness to work with Umno.

Leow had said at that time he would not support an Umno candidate as the new mentri besar, and that he joined DAP in 2009 because at that time, Barisan Nasional, led by Umno, had overthrown the then duly-elected Pakatan Rakyat state government.

Leong had said he was unaware of Nga's comments until he read them in the media because no meeting had been called to seek the opinions of other DAP assemblymen.

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