DAP has gagged party members, especially elected representatives, from making public comments relating to government positions and election candidature.
In a statement today, DAP chairperson Lim Guan Eng said decisions on the matter lie with the party leadership and thus any related public statements should only come from the party’s top brass, especially secretary-general Anthony Loke.
“This will prevent our political opponents from manipulating any remarks in the run-up to the state election.
“For those who refuse to listen (to this ruling), ignore them and the party will act accordingly at an appropriate time,” Lim added.
He said this in view of a Malaysiakini article published yesterday concerning a purported plot to replace Chow Kon Yeow as the Penang chief minister after the upcoming state election.
Malaysiakini retracted the article after it was established that there were errors.
Lim claimed the incident was a reminder that DAP faced internal and external opponents who are intent on sowing dissension among their ranks.
“We can only speculate on the political motives and the identity of the mastermind of conspiracies.
“Clearly there have been repeated and concerted attempts from within and without to undermine and sabotage the DAP national leadership for refusing to submit to their views,” he said.
Commenting on the incident, Lim criticised Malaysiakini for “sacrificing” truthful reporting and journalistic integrity. – Malaysiakini