Ronnie Liu is prepared to face DAP's disciplinary committee over his remarks concerning Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Bersatu.
In a statement this morning, the Sungai Pelek assemblyperson also roped in PKR deputy president Azmin Ali.
“If the call to take action against me is justified, why was no action was taken against Azmin who openly defied Pakatan Harapan's agreement on the handover of the prime minister’s office?” he asked without elaborating.
Liu, who maintained that he had not done anything wrong, said as a Harapan loyalist, it is his duty and obligation as an elected representative of the people to speak up on behalf of the people.
“It is by doing so that I am able to stay true to the democratic values that we in DAP have held on to.
“Whether it is before the party disciplinary committee or otherwise, I will continue to defend it – the right to freedom of speech,” he added.
Yesterday, DAP organising secretary Anthony Loke said Liu would be referred to the disciplinary committee over his article published in Malaysiakini on Tuesday.
In the article, he criticised Mahathir's performance and suggested that if the Bersatu chairperson attempted to break up Harapan, the remaining parties DAP, PKR, Amanah, Warisan and Upko can still retain the government without Bersatu.
Below is Liu's latest statement in full:
I will be prepared to face the party the disciplinary committee as I believe with all my conscience that I was not in the wrong.
As a Pakatan Harapan loyalist, it is my duty and obligation as an elected representative of the people to speak up on behalf of the people.
It is by doing so that I am able to stay true to the democratic values that we in DAP have held on to.
Whether it is before the party disciplinary committee or otherwise, I will continue to defend it – the right to freedom of speech.
All of my opinion pieces were written in good faith, and they do not represent the party’s position.
There is, therefore, no intention to create disharmony within the coalition and certainly not within the party that I have served for many years.
A lot of the things that I have raised are also based on what the public is expressing openly through social media.
The people are concerned that the government that they have elected is not able to deliver the promises in the manifesto, especially when the Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir (above) himself said that the manifesto was crafted at a time when Pakatan thought it would not win the federal government.
We cannot allow Pakatan Harapan, not even the prime minister, to drag us on the same path taken by the former regime, Barisan Nasional. At this point, the public is unhappy with Dr Mahathir when a list of promises were not fulfilled – Lynas, Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), the abolition of tolls, PTPTN loan, oil royalty for Sabah and Sarawak, and the Indian equation in new Malaysia, just to name a few.
The prime minister cannot act unilaterally on his own, especially on a number of issues that affect the people’s confidence towards Pakatan Harapan.
Of late, he has also irked the government of a number of countries and affected our bilateral relations. India, for example, has decided to boycott our palm oil. This will bring our economy to a halt, especially if China also does the same over Dr Mahathir’s comment about Hong Kong chief executive, Carrie Lam.
Meanwhile, if the call to take action against me is justified, why was no action was taken against Azmin Ali who openly defied Pakatan Harapan's agreement on the handover of the Prime Minister’s office?
Whatever the outcome is, I will stay true to my conscience as a wakil rakyat who sees the rakyat as my bosses.