By Norman Fernandez
I was in DAP for more than 20 years and what attracted me to join DAP was the conviction and principles which the party and importantly the leaders steadfastly held. People like Fan Yew Teng, P. Patto, Karpal Singh, Ahmad Nor and even Lim Kit Siang (then) were men of conviction.
The shift started after 2008 where in came a new breed of DAP upstarts, who began to devise a plan to use Malays to take power and then be the real power behind the throne. These leaders had no qualm working with PAS never mind PAS had always the Islamic state and hudud agenda.
So, DAP leaders who actually distrusted PAS went on to fool Chinese that PAS has no plans for Islamic state and to implement hudud. For DAP’s greater cause, DAP was prepared to fool and hoodwink the Chinese and the Chinese fell for the ruse hook, line and sinker.
Despite I telling them that Hadi Awang is on record that hudud will be extended to non-Muslims, DAP leaders at a meeting with me in Thirstle Hotel, JB told me not to highlight and keep my views private although they agreed PAS was an untrustworthy partner and a danger to non-Muslims.
Today, I have been proven right when PAS showed their true colours and now the same snake-oil salesmen DAP leaders are so open in condemning PAS and Hadi Awang. It would seem that DAP of today have principles like shifting sand.
Today, DAP calls for an inclusive Bangsa Malaysia but come party elections DAP members just won’t elect Malays be it to the state or national committee. Instead, to show a Malay face they appoint Malays who must look and have the ideals of Chinese.
Today, DAP has realised that DAP will not get the Indian votes and so they realise it is the Malay votes which can bring them to power. So, they are prepared to even ‘berpuasa’ and ‘makan sahur’ all with intention for a photoshoot to upload to their Facebook.
In Kluang, there were DAP party leaders who met and gathered in a Bak Kut Teh shop, before going to a Malay/Muslim’s house to buka sahur and then uploading photos after photos on their Facebook. For many Malays, they are taken in by the gestures of these fraudsters.
I have been in DAP long enough to see the shift. Just watch the saga of those who bleat competency, accountability and transparency tripping over their very principles. Now, they spend time distinguishing their wrong and saying that they did no wrong as compared to the other.
I proved one thing : I was right about PAS and I am vindicated by DAP leaders who were quick to condemn me earlier, now eating humble pie and condemning PAS and Hadi Awang.
I remain steadfast and firm in my conviction that DAP today has realised that to take power or be the real power, they need the Malay votes and if that requires ‘endearing’ to the Malays, then so be it. They have tasted power and they realise that with the Malay community now divided, this is the best opportunity to sneak in and steal power.
A party who claims to represent all races but won’t elect Malays to their leadership, cannot be a party for all.
I have no regrets.
Norman Fernandez is the former Johor DAP deputy chairman. He resigned from the party in July 2014. The write up above originally appeared here.