PETALING JAYA: DAP’s Hannah Yeoh and Ronnie Liu are in a spat after the former lambasted the latter for his remarks that the party should not dilute its “Chinese-ness” or position itself as a non-Chinese party.
Yeoh, who is Segambut MP, slammed Liu, who was quoted in a news portal as saying that while DAP needed to work with Malay parties, it cannot degrade its honour by being seen as a non-Chinese party.
“Ronnie Liu does not represent me. The DAP that Ronnie wants is not the DAP that I joined.
“I joined DAP because this party defends the rights of all Malaysians. I don’t agree with his speech.
“What does he mean by diluting Chinese-ness? Isn’t this narrow minded and toxic?” Yeoh said in a Facebook post on Monday (April 12) night.
While admitting that her experience in DAP was less than Liu, who is also a party central executive committee member, Yeoh said her experience and fight in the party did not match his words.
She also recalled how when Pakatan Harapan was in government, Liu, who was a staunch supporter of then prime minister-in-waiting Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, did disservice to the coalition with his taunts.
“When we were in Putrajaya, I could only remember Ronnie’s constant countdown on his Facebook for Tun M (former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad) to step down and hand over to Anwar.
“For Ronnie, Tun M can do no right. For Ronnie, Anwar can do no wrong, ” she said.
“Everyone, including Tun M, Anwar, Ronnie (and myself included) must shoulder some blame in the collapse of the Pakatan government, ” she added.
The former deputy women, family and community development minister said although she stopped listening to Liu “a long time ago”, this time she could not stay silent as his remarks were doing disservice to DAP leaders who were working hard to fend off prejudices and stigmas against the party.
Meanwhile, Liu responded by calling his junior Yeoh "immature", saying she should have approached him first before offering her rebuke as his words had actually been misunderstood.
He also took to Facebook to post what looked like WhatsApp messages on the issue.
"Hannah Yeoh has managed to carve herself as a saint in politics and has become a poster girl for multiculturalism.
"Ronnie's speech was in Mandarin and Hannah's 'heroic defense of multiculturalism' was based on a wrong translation of Ronnie's speech from Mandarin to English to Malay," he posted on Facebook Tuesday (April 13) morning.
The Sungai Pelek assemblyman added that if Yeoh could not understand Mandarin or if she had a problem with him, she should have spoken to him first before blasting him in public.
"Later, it will be embarrassing for her to apologise," he added in the post.
Liu said that her "rash outburst" will cost DAP, herself and himself some damage, with their political foes sure to take advantage of her comments.