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Once fearsome DAP now just a toothless lackey - Umno info chief

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Umno has often warned that should Pakatan Harapan form the federal government, the Malays would be done for because DAP was too dominant in the coalition.

Now that it has actually happened, Umno information chief Shamsul Anuar Nasarah believes that the opposite is now true.

In a statement today, he accused DAP of being a "pak turut" (lackey) for ostensibly failing to speak up against Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He pointed out that the DAP did not object to Mahathir's decision to maintain the Official Secrets Act 1972.

"Mahathir said the OSA was needed to prevent his cabinet from leaking government secrets. In other words, (the OSA was meant) to silence cabinet members, including the eight from DAP.

"This means no one, including the rakyat, can be a whistle-blower on government wrongdoings," said Shamsul, who is also the Lenggong MP.

Shamsul said DAP had also ignored or supported many recent "flip-flops" and "U-turns" by the federal government such as the abolishment of highway toll charges, investments by China, the abolishment of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 and other security laws.

"DAP had always said (that these security laws) were archaic and must be repealed. Why are they not maintaining their position?" he asked.

Kit Siang a toothless lion

Shamsul said it was embarrassing that DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang was now quiet about what he said were the federal government's misdeeds.

"In the past, Kit Siang was like a fearsome lion. Now he is a toothless one. He kept quiet about OSA and other government improprieties," he said.

As for DAP secretary-general and Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, Shamsul said he was merely a "boneka" (puppet) of the Harapan administration and was incapable for stimulating the economy or explaining why Bank Negara's reserves were shrinking.

"Clearly, DAP, who once fiercely and recklessly attacked public policy by the previous government is now akin to 'mice enjoying cheese' although the irregularities with the current government can clearly be seen," he said.

He said DAP was now behaving this way merely for the sake of power and as such was willing to forsake its principles.

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