Restive Zaid labels DAP a ‘Chinese party’

Restive Zaid labels DAP a ‘Chinese party’


PETALING JAYA,. Datuk Zaid Ibrahim (pic), a DAP member who seems to be rather restive after not being chosen as a candidate, has labelled his own political home as a “Chinese party”.

The former law minister said Malay parties were silent that DAP might be announcing more ministerial candidates.

Zaid tweeted: “A Chinese party in PH has announced they already have two Ministers in waiting. Maybe more coming. Malay parties are silent on the subject.

“Thats how Malays behave generally, shy and reticent to make their views known. Nothing has changed”.

When Zaid joined the DAP in February last year, he said he chose the party to bring its message of equality and justice to Malays whom he claimed were hoodwinked into believing that DAP was a chauvinistic Chinese party.

He made the statement on Twitter after DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng annnounced on Monday (April 16) that Nga Kor Ming, the Teluk Intan parliament candidate and Perak DAP chairman, will be appointed a Federal Minister if Pakatan Harapan wins the general election.

Lim also promised Johor DAP chairman Liew Chin Tong, who is contesting the Ayer Hitam parliament seat, a ministerial post upon national victory, when he was announced as a candidate last month.

It is not the first time that Zaid had taken a swipe at his own party. He has been taking his criticisms to Twitter to remain visible throughout the election season.

Last Thursday, he claimed he turned down an offer by the Kelantan Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi) to contest a “glamorous rural seat”.

Last Tuesday, he tweeted that he sympathises with DAP’s Dr Tan Seng Giaw, who was dropped from his own Kepong seat after being an eight-term MP there.

“He was dumped after 30 years, I was done by just after 12 months. It must have hurt him a lot more,” Zaid wrote.

In January, he also took to Twitter to say that he was left out of the Pakatan convention.

Appointed as the law minister in March 2008, Zaid resigned from the Cabinet six months later following his criticism of the then Internal Security Act.

He was later suspended by Umno and joined PKR in June 2009.

Zaid had a fallout with the PKR leadership and formed Parti Kesejahteraan Insan Tanah Air in December 2010.

He eventually resigned as its president due to internal squabbles.