PETALING JAYA: The present infighting within DAP exposes the party's hypocrisy and true colours over its multicultural image, says Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker.
The MCA vice-president said the infighting was caused by dissatisfaction among DAP grassroots over the possibility of the party collaborating with Umno in next general election to entice Malay votes.
He said DAP realised that Malay votes will decide the next government and are willing to sacrifice some of their loyal Chinese votes.
"DAP is willing to form the government with Umno after failing to cooperate with other parties.
"This has shown the true colours and hypocrisy in DAP. It also caused many of its grassroots leaders and supporters who believed in the 'Chineseness of DAP' to be concerned and worried.
Ti noted that Sungai Pelek assemblyman Ronnie Liu, in his recent remarks, was expressing the concerns of DAP grassroots leaders and supporters.
"Liu, who is also my schoolmate from Raub, is just expressing the concerns of hardcore DAP supporters because the party is 'camouflaging' in the pretense of diverse politics despite being a champion for the Chinese," he said in a text message to The Star on Tuesday (April 13).
At the same time, Ti claimed that DAP was a party that depended on emotional provocation and exploitation of Chinese voters for political survival.
He also claimed that DAP had been exploiting and provoking emotions of the Chinese community, which is afraid of assimilation – just like what happened in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.
"Therefore, when MCA is willing to sacrifice and accept racial compromise – such as wearing songkok and the acceptance of Bahasa Malaysia as the national language – DAP has taken advantage of the matter by instigating the anger of Chinese voters towards MCA and Umno, generally Barisan Nasional," he said.
Ti also said Chinese votes have been DAP's "safe deposit" over the years after falsely claiming that MCA had sold out the Chinese because they wanted to be part of the government.
"Therefore, when Malay votes become crucial in determining who becomes the government, DAP, in the name of political pragmatism, is willing to sacrifice part of their Chinese votes in order to garner more Malay votes to form the next government," he added.
Liu was quoted as saying on Sunday (April 11) that DAP should not "dilute its Chineseness" in response to criticism from political rivals and should instead "safeguard the culture" of the party.
His remarks triggered brickbats from other senior DAP leaders such as Hannah Yeoh and Tony Pua, who both pointed out that chauvinism is an attitude that had no place in DAP.
In response, Liu rebuked Yeoh by calling her immature and said she should have approached him first to clarify matters before issuing a statement.
He said his recent speech and remarks were in Mandarin that were wrongly translated to English and Malay.