THE need for DAP to apologise to MCA over matter that has transpired decades ago is “absurd” and does not do any good for the cooperation between the two parties in the coming six state elections, in particular the seat allocation negotiation, said Lim Lip Eng.
The DAP leader was responding to MCA vice president Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker’s statement yesterday that DAP should apologise for labelling MCA members as “UMNO lapdogs” and “traitors” when they accepted the Malay tradition by wearing their traditional attire previously.
In the wake of news yesterday (June 4) that DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang will be bestowed with the “Tan Sri” title during the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s formal 64th birthday celebration, Ti had taken to Facebook to sarcastically offer his felicitations.
In the social media post, Ti recalled how former Triang state assemblyman Leong Ngah Ngah had refused to wear a songkok and uniform for state assembly members during a royal event, where he cited DAP’s rule against it. This had happened when Lim was the party secretary-general.
Ti had also alleged that previously, certain factions in DAP had also ridiculed MCA for accepting awards.
On this matter, the Kepong MP noted that if MCA is really seeing the matter as an issue that needs to be addressed, the baton ought to be passed back to them.
“During the height of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal before the 14th general election in 2018, MCA leaders had given their full support to a prime minister who was embroiled in one of the biggest monetary scandals in the world,” Lim remarked.
“As a matter of fact, Malaysians are still waiting for MCA to apologise unreservedly. The question is now, when will the public expect such an apology? If anything, this is the best time to say, ‘Over to you, MCA!’” – June 5, 2023