DAP Says No Action on Liu over Comments on Dr M

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Liu vows to keep speaking the truth.

Ronnie Liu has welcomed the DAP disciplinary committee’s decision to accept his clarification for penning an article critical of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“I am glad the committee chose not to pursue the matter,” the Sungai Pelek assemblyperson was quoted as saying.


“It is important to speak the truth for the people. I will continue to speak for the people.”

Earlier, committee chairperson Chong Chieng Jen said Liu provided a lengthy explanation to the show cause letter issued against him over the article titled ‘Mahathir: The paper tiger’.

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“The committee has accepted his clarification,” said Chong, adding that the committee has advised all DAP members in future to refrain from open criticism against coalition partners and they should resort to internal channels to resolve differences.

Liu said as a backbencher, he would support and defend the government if the administration is in the right and against unreasonable attacks from the opposition.

“If the government is not doing something right, a backbencher can remind (the government) either through internal or external channels. This is real democracy,” he said.

Liu had previously criticised Dr Mahathir’s performance and suggested that if there were attempts by the prime minister to “break up” PH, the remaining parties could still retain the government without Bersatu.

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The committee’s decision comes in the wake of Dr Mahathir defending Perak Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu over the country besar’s claim that he was waging a lone battle against DAP.

Earlier, Bersatu’s Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman labelled Liu’s remarks as “rude and disrespectful” and had given Liu a week to apologise.

“Either that or he must be disciplined by DAP. If not, Bersatu Youth will not hesitate to act on such a rude attack.

“If DAP does not do anything, Bersatu Youth will freely attack DAP, including its top leadership,” he had said.

Unfazed, Liu said it was his duty and responsibility as an elected representative to speak on behalf of the people and was prepared to face the disciplinary committee.