SHAH ALAM: DAP should be wary of its potential allies and make sure their goals are truly genuine, cautioned Sangeet Kaur Deo, daughter of the late Karpal Singh.
While she agreed with DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng’s statement of “no permanent friends and no permanent foes in politics”, what should remain permanent was the principles of a political party, she said.
“I urge our leaders to be careful when choosing our allies. We must make sure their principles are in line with ours,” she said at the DAP national conference here today.
Sangeet was referring to DAP’s newly-formed alliance with former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his new political outfit, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).
The delegate from the USJ Subang Jaya DAP branch also pointed to the 91-year-old’s hypocrisy, reminding the party of how Mahathir was responsible for the excessive use of the now-abolished Internal Security Act (ISA).
She said it was fascinating to see Mahathir now fighting against detention of Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, when he himself played “an instrumental part in the enforcement of the ISA” when he was premier.
“Sosma is a draconian Act, just like the ISA. But it is now being enforced by a government that has lost its conscience.
“We are now at the mercy of Sosma, at the mercy of a ruthless government.”
Her speech came merely hours after Mahathir made a surprise and “historical” appearance at the party’s 50th annual conference.
Lim however addressed Sangeet’s concerns later, saying that while the DAP and Mahathir were once enemies, they now shared the common goal of defeating the “corrupt” Barisan Nasional (BN) government.
Speaking to reporters later, Lim said the opposition pact Pakatan Harapan along with Mahathir were only trying to secure the future of the country and its people.
“They (BN) have destroyed the future of my generation. All we want to do now is to save your future, the present generation’s future.” – FMT