DAP leaders, whether in government or outside, would not hesitate to exit the coalition government if the objective of a New Malaysia is abandoned, said Lim Kit Siang.
According to him, DAP leaders would never be as “spineless” as MCA leaders.
“DAP leaders are in government to play an important role to build a New Malaysia and save it from becoming a sham democracy, kakistocracy, failed state and global kleptocracy,” he added.
The veteran politician mentioned this as one of the reasons DAP would not morph into another MCA after becoming part of the ruling coalition.
The Iskandar Puteri was responding to a Facebook posting by businessperson Clement Hii, who said Lim became agitated when mentioned that people might see DAP as another MCA if it did not continue to push for its reform agenda.
Hii also praised Lim's perseverance to fight for a better Malaysia, saying “lesser mortals would have given up”.
Thanking the businessperson for his compliment, the DAP leader said: “It bears emphasising that DAP has no intention and will never become MCA 2.”
“There are many reasons why DAP will never become MCA 2, but I will cite only five,” he added.
The other four reasons are as below:
1) DAP is a multi-racial party dedicated to the wellbeing and welfare of all races to be found in Malaysia, and not mono-ethnic as in the case of MCA. We represent all Malaysians, whether Chinese, Malays, Indians, Kadazans, Ibans or Orang Asli while the MCA represents or claims to represent only the Chinese in Malaysia.
2) DAP leaders fight for the rights and interests of all racial groups so long as they are Malaysians, while MCA fights or claims to fight for the rights and interests of only the Chinese in Malaysia.
This is why DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng sacrificed his political rights in the defence of the rights and dignity of an underaged Malay girl in the 90s when he was disqualified as a MP and jailed in Kajang prison for a year and disenfranchised of his right to vote and to hold elective for five years.
Guan Eng is the only case of a Malaysian political leader who had crossed racial and religious lines to sacrifice himself.
3) DAP wants its leaders and members to be in politics to serve the nation and not to serve themselves, whether for wealth, titles or position.
4) DAP politics of multi-racialism is the only way to build a united and successful Malaysia, for the continuation of the politics of mono-ethnicity can never unite a plural Malaysia.