PETALING JAYA: A top DAP leader has conceded that the alleged “Chineseness” remark by one of its assemblymen has sparked an intense debate within the party.
National organising secretary Anthony Loke said several party leaders had posted their views on social media and issued statements opposing Sungai Pelek assemblyman Ronnie Liu’s views.
“This internal discussion or debate within the DAP is now an open topic, ” he said during a talk show hosted by the Majlis Professor Negara yesterday.
Loke said Liu’s views showed that the party was undergoing an internal transformation, adding that there were bound to be differing views.
He said DAP leaders have the responsibility of convincing delegates of the party’s direction at the national congress.
“As party leaders, we must convince delegates of the path that we should take. It is up to them to accept it, ” he added.
Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh was among those who had criticised Liu for his alleged remark, with Yeoh labelling his views as “narrow-minded and toxic.”
Liu responded to Yeoh’s criticism by calling her “immature”, saying she should have approached him first to clarify matters before publicly rebuking him.
He said his speech was in Mandarin and inaccurately translated to English and Malay.