Media statement by Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, 6th October 2010:
All Perak DAP leaders, branches, members and supporters should rally behind Ngeh and Kula on unity ticket to restore the Pakatan Rakyat government in Perak and help PR to take over Putrajaya in next general elections
On Sunday morning, I had sent the following sms to Perak DAP State Chairman, Ngeh Koo Ham and Perak DAP Deputy State Chairman M. Kulasegeran:
“Lets face it. What happened last 36 hrs have caused enormous damage to DAP leaders involved, DAP, PR – only question is who suffer more damage - which is utter madness. Its massive ‘lose-lose’ formula without any redeeming ‘win-win’ element at all. Public opprobrium all round. Nobody can hold head high. Decisive action needed.”
Ngeh and Kula have since issued apologies for the Perak DAP leadership crisis and have pledged to resolve party differences internally.
I urge all Perak DAP leaders, branches, members and supporters to rally behind Ngeh and Kula on an unity ticket to restore the Pakatan Rakyat government in Perak and to help Pakatan Rakyat to take over Putrajaya in the next general elections.
I am reminded of two quotations about the lessons of history:
"That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." - Aldous Huxley
"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." - George Santayana
Perak DAP leaders, branches and members remember these quotations and prove that they are not only mindful of them but would not repeat the Perak DAP history where because party disunity, Perak DAP suffered the worst electoral setback in the 1995 general elections – reduced to only one State Assembly seat after winning four Parliamentary and 13 State Assembly seats in the 1990 general elections.
DAP Perak leaders, branches and members should fully embrace the unity formula in Perak so that DAP Perak can play its full role in ensuring that DAP and Pakatan Rakyat “write history” in the state in the next general elections – which is the expectation and aspiration of all Perakians and Malaysians who want to see a new beginning for Malaysia after more than half-a-century of misrule.
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Ipoh Timor