KUCHING: The resignation of Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei from the Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak will definitely tarnish the image of the party, said Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) lecturer Lee Kuok Tiung.
He said Wong also pointed out the fact that DAP was unable to fulfil its past election pledges when it became part of the federal government and the party had made it known it wanted to get back the Batu Lintang seat, which is to be contested by its ally, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), in the coming state election.
“His (Wong) testimony to some extent will tarnish the party’s image as the statement came from the party’s strong man.
“However, I’m pretty sure DAP can easily find a replacement for him to contest the Padungan seat in the coming state election,” Lee told New Sarawak Tribune on Monday (July 27).
On the quarrel between the party and Sarawak Federation of Chinese Association president Datuk Richard Wee, Lee said Wong chose not to participate in the matter.
“He sees the importance of the Chinese associations to the political party and he chose not to trigger any conflict with them besides believing in the freedom of the expression,” he added.
Lee said Wong also revealed he was disillusioned with the party’s deviation from the aims, objectives and struggle of its earlier days.
Lee described such statement as “powerful”, adding it had in-depth implications on the party’s image in the coming election.