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YOURSAY | 'Seng Giaw's obviously out to create unhappiness against DAP.'

Seng Giaw fires DAP for dropping 'rocket' in favour of PKR common logo

Limfly: I can accept DAP dropping its 'rocket' logo for the greater good. I'm disappointed that incumbent Kepong MP Tan Seng Giaw is unable to see the bigger picture.

Hurray to DAP for its willingness to sacrifice its ego for the good of the nation. My respect for the leaders of DAP has gone up a few more notches.

I hope DAP grassroots members can appreciate that. Leaders like Tan should be helping DAP members and supporters see this, instead of giving divisive and discouraging comments.

Anonymous_1371978116: It's pretty obvious that the move to adopt PKR's logo was done for the rakyat and the ease of voting.

Recognising one single symbol for the opposition coalition is easier than trying to remember three or more flags from different parties. It's just basic arithmetic and recognisability.

Tan, if you can't understand that, then perhaps being a politician is the wrong line of work considering one can't even fathom such a basic concept.

Someonroutthere: If DAP is part of a coalition, Pakatan Harapan, which has agreed to register with the Registrar of Societies (ROS) as a coalition under one banner, it is already a given that sooner or later, your party logo takes a back seat and the common logo becomes the focus.

The use of PKR's logo was something forced upon Harapan as an alternative solution when ROS became a stumbling block to the registration of Harapan. Is that so hard to figure out?

RZee: Tan, the logo wasn't changed in the “blink of an eye”. There was discussion and consensus with the other coalition partners.

It's called working together for a common goal, moving forward and keeping up with changing times and needs.

Anonymous #69337042: Indeed, Tan pretends the DAP leadership did not undergo agonising and heart-breaking moments when their rocket logo was put on hold for the sake of achieving solidarity and fulfilling the common goal of Harapan.

His actions are definitely one of a selfish man and a non-team player. DAP has done the right thing by dropping him, but it could have done it earlier by sacking him from the party when he openly claimed that Prime Minister Najib Razak had nothing to do with 1MDB.

Mosquitobrain: Tan, you have pulled the trigger once - on Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report on the 1MDB mega scandal. Are you pulling the trigger for a second time?

Even DAP co-founder Chen Man Hin, after due deliberation, has agreed to DAP using a common logo for Harapan in the 14th general election (GE14) against BN.

Tan, please look at a bigger picture. What's the use for DAP, if BN wins and the nation is still run by the same lot after GE14?

Goks: This election is not about DAP or PKR, or MCA or MIC. It’s about BN vs Harapan. It is what the country needs. If you feel the DAP supporters wouldn't accept this, then I guess BN should continue to rule as Malaysia has not reached such maturity.

The reality is, in order to win, it has to be a one on one as a team against BN. There is no two ways about it. I guess people respect your view, but it seems a little outdated to what the country needs.

SusahKes: Golly gee, I thought you’d be watching TV, now that you have more time... but no! Voila, you finally found some time to look at the nuts and bolts; in this case, DAP’s electoral logo.

So much so that Utusan Malaysia now quotes you. Can’t get a better endorsement from Umno than that, could we?

But at least now we know you will now take time to read what’s happening in this country, as opposed to watching foreign news on the TV outside Parliament when important voting was taking place.

Say, would you also be commenting on other “important” matters? Could we expect more thunderbolts from you?

Caripasal: Tan was very well respected in the past. However, his political behaviour and opinion have somehow "deviated" recently. I do not know the real reason. But to be reported by Utusan truly raises my eyebrows.

His conclusion earlier of Najib's non-involvement in 1MDB was clearly wrong, as Najib was never at the centre of the PAC's investigation into 1MDB. His absence from Parliament last year for the budget voting courted a lot of speculations.

DAP supporters feel the pain of dropping their logo for the election too, but dropping a logo is not dropping its political principles in fighting for a better Malaysia.

This is perhaps the least of the concerns of DAP supporters now. We truly hope Tan would step aside and allow DAP's young blood an opportunity to lead.

Sans Prejudice: For goodness sake, everybody knows that DAP has not changed its ideology and struggles for a better Malaysia. Thanks to ROS' recalcitrance, Harapan components had no choice. Tan certainly knows that, as an intelligent DAP stalwart.

However, his bitterness is beginning to manifest and he chooses Utusan, Umno's mouthpiece and propaganda machine, to unleash his fury at his own party.

Expect him to spew more poison in the coming days to tarnish his party, with BN delightfully cheering him on for this god-sent opportunity to create confusion among the hardcore supporters.

DAP should not dismiss the utterances of this spiteful character lightly.

Victor Johan: It’s apparent Tan had not called for a press conference or issued a press release to reportedly criticise his party's decision. Tan may have made a passing statement or a passing whisper to someone, but I am sure he didn’t specifically talk to Utusan to relate this.

By the way, if Harapan had been registered and the coalition's symbol had been approved and sanctioned by ROS, all the component parties would have had to use the common symbol in the elections anyway.

Anonymous #69337042: Tan should be ashamed of himself for having allowed Utusan the opportunity to use his words to bad mouth the party that has given him fame and status.

He will now be seen as just another Lee Lam Thye, Tunku Abdul Aziz or Hee Yit Foong.

Caripasal: I say this again, dropping the DAP logo is not dropping DAP's political principles. Lim Kit Siang remains Lim Kit Siang. Lim Guan Eng is still Lim Guan Eng.

The only difference is, Tan Seng Giaw is no longer Tan Seng Giaw.


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