Some DAP members remained ‘blindly devoted’ to Mahathir even though he had played a role in bringing down the PH government by trying to form a unity government to avoid handing over power to Anwar as promised.
DAP’s Sungai Pelek assemblyperson Ronnie Liu said he hoped the current spat between his party colleague Tony Pua and former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad would help open the eyes of party members.
Liu told Malaysiakini that there were some in the party who remained ‘blindly devoted’ to Mahathir even though the former prime minister had played a role in bringing down the Pakatan Harapan government by trying to form a unity government to avoid handing over power to PKR president Anwar Ibrahim as promised.
“I guess after this spat between Tun (Mahathir) and Tony, all those DAP people who still love Mahathir may start thinking differently.
“After seeing how Mahathir is whacking Tony publicly, they may now realise what I have been saying about Mahathir all along was true.
“These people may start keeping a distance from Mahathir. No more selfies, I guess,” said Liu.
Liu said that during Harapan’s time in federal power, he had spoken out repeatedly against Mahathir, whom he felt was squandering the coalition’s goodwill by ignoring promised reforms and playing up intra-party rivalries to his benefit.
“I made a lot of noise at the time, but it was all wasted. It would be different if several of them had joined me in voicing this out.
“Now it’s too late to realise Mahathir was bad for DAP and bad for Harapan. Too late,” he lamented.
Liu was at the receiving end of disciplinary inquiries for being vocal about Mahathir’s transgressions during his second stint as prime minister.
“I was given three show-cause letters in a row for criticising Mahathir or speaking out against mistakes and blunders made by Harapan as a whole.
“If not for the great support from the DAP grassroots, I would have been removed,” he added.
Over the past few days, hostilities have been on the rise between Mahathir and Pua.