Thursday, October 7, 2010

Perak DAP feud shows no sign of abating

By Sylvia Looi, The Star

IPOH: Despite a ceasefire call by party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng to Perak DAP’s feuding factions, there are no signs that the fight is abating.

Barely 24 hours after state deputy chairman M. Kulasegaran issued a public apology over his recent outburst and threat to resign, accusations of secret meetings being held by groups close to state chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham and secretary Nga Kor Ming have emerged.

A source close to Kulasegaran said meetings to meet supporters had been planned by Ngeh and Nga.

“One such meeting is at Bercham state assemblyman Sum Cheok Leng’s service centre later in the evening,” said the source yesterday.

The source added that Tronoh assemblyman V. Sivakumar would be chairing the meeting purportedly to explain to members the true picture behind the spat between the top three state leaders.

”Why are only certain people being invited to the meeting, leaving out staunch supporters of Kulasegaran?” asked the source.

Ngeh could not be contacted for comments while Sum confirmed that a meeting would be held at his service centre.

“It is a closed-door meeting for members,” he said.

When asked why supporters of Kulasegaran had not been invited to the meeting, Sum said:“Maybe they do not want to attend.”

Lim had issued the ceasefire after Kulasegaran threatened to resign as state deputy chairman last Saturday.

During a party dinner on Sunday, Ngeh had reportedly apologised to the public over the open spat.

Ngeh was quoted as saying that the feud between him and Kulasegaran could be resolved internally and urged the public to continue supporting the party.

The source also told The Star that Kulasegaran would be returning to Ipoh on Friday.

“He will most probably meet the central leadership after a function in Jelapang or Bidor on Sunday,” said the source.

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