Thursday, October 7, 2010

Kula: Stop the anti-Ngeh demos

Thu, 07 Oct 2010 16:39 . .By FMT Staff

IPOH: Perak DAP deputy chairman M Kulasegaran has urged party members and supporters to stop holding demonstrations to denounce the state's party leaders Ngeh Koo Ham and Nga Kor Ming.

“I would like to appeal to all who sincerely support the DAP, irrespective of whether they are DAP members or not, not to aggravate matters by holding anti-Ngeh/anti-DAP demonstrations,” he wrote in his blog today.

He is currently taking a short break in Nepal following a major fallout with Ngeh and Nga.

Yesterday, about 20 protesters gathered in front of the state DAP office in Ipoh, carrying banners stating their support for Kulasegaran and criticising the Perak DAP leadership for sidelining Kulasegaran and marginalising Indians in the party.

They also urged Kulasegaran, the Ipoh Barat MP, to quit the party.

Responding to the protest today, Kulasegaran urged everyone to stop making baseless and malicious allegations against the DAP and its leaders.

“I appeal to all not to bear any hatred against Ngeh and his cousin, Nga, or hurl unfair accusations against them.

“Let me once again reiterate that despite the problems and pains which I have had to endure for quite sometime before the crisis erupted into the open, I shall remain committed to the DAP and its cause of bringing about a better Malaysia for all Malaysians,” he added.

Cooling off in Nepal

Kulasegaran, who is also the Perak DAP deputy chief, had on Oct 1 stormed out of a meeting with Ngeh (state DAP chief) and Nga (state secretary), threatening to resign from party positions.

He then tweeted "Just finished DAP leadership meeting in Ipoh. Sad day as I will announce what is lacking in Perak leadership 2molo n why I have 2 leave 4good.”

He had also planned to hold a "tell-all" press conference on Saturday, but called it off at the last minute and left for a week-long trip to Nepal.

This was after the intervention of DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, who wanted Kulasegaran to take time off to let things cool down.

On Tuesday, Kulasegaran issued an apology for washing the party's dirty linen in public and said he would cease discussing party matters openly.

Protesters not DAP members

Meanwhile, DAP's Taman Pertama branch chairman Tang Yaw Hooi said the people who staged the demonstration yesterday were not DAP members.

Speaking to reporters after lodging a report on the demonstration, Tan claimed that the names of the protesters, who spoke to the press, were not on the DAP membership list. He wanted the police to investigate the background of the group.

Perak DAP vice-chairman A Sivanesan, who accompanied Tang, added that he believed the protest was initiated by an "inner group" out to disrupt the party.

He claimed that Kulasegaran, when contacted in Nepal, denied his involvement with the group.

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