June 29th, 2015 by Seputeh Office
KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 ― The unceremonious break-up of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will not throw the DAP off the path of multiracialism, Lim Kit Siang has insisted amid talk that the split would cause his party to become narrow-minded or more Chinese-centric.
Instead, the veteran DAP politician said his party will continue championing the needs of all Malaysian races as it has been doing since its formation nearly half a century ago in 1966.
“DAP had never aspired to be a Chinese or non-Malay party,” he said according to a copy of his speech from a Klang function last night.
“Right from the beginning… DAP had pledged itself to pursue a Malaysian Dream, not a Chinese Dream, an Indian Dream or a Malay Dream,” he said.
The Gelang Patah MP said this is the same reason why the DAP was the first political party to be pan-Malaysian, having established branches in both Sabah and Sarawak before others did.
He acknowledged that the DAP has always been forced to fight off labels tagging its leaders as anti-Malay and anti-Islam, largely due to his Chinese-dominated membership, but said the battle would not affect his party’s struggle to stay multiracial and multireligious.
In the post-PR scenario, Lim said the DAP will double up efforts to become a fully Malaysian party by strengthening its Malay, Dayak and Kadazandusun membership.