The Tunku who created a storm in a teacup — Soo Lim Chee
MAY 10 — What transpired between Tunku Abdul Aziz and the DAP is merely a difference in approach in their support for Bersih’s objective or the movement itself.
I believe the good Tunku does not oppose Bersih, but only the breaking of laws. Misinterpretations could have been the cause of the avalanche of brickbats hurled at him. He asked that we desist from clamouring for our rights without first considering our obligations. That is fair request.
Whether one should obey a law that is perceived to be unjust is the subject for another debate.
He invited censure for going against party consensus and countered with his declaration not to leave. I hope both sides will now forgive and forget over a glass of “teh tarik” to prove that democracy is alive in the DAP. More urgent and important tasks beckon.
But what the DAP ought to do is to publicly declare their support for Ambiga Sreenevasan’s non-violence stance. The DAP should refrain also from seeking vindication against the Tunku.
The Tunku, in turn, might wish to reflect over this:
In any political party, differences of opinions should first be discussed internally before going public. That is one of the rules or “laws” of a party. You may have broken the party “laws” while telling the public not to break the law.
* Soo Lim Chee, 70, was at Bersih 3.0.
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