This time the DAP is under the spot lights for all the wrong reasons, especially that of cronyism (Graphic by Dayang Norazhar/The Mole)
KUALA LUMPUR: Perak DAP chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham and his cousin Nga Kor Ming who is state DAP secretary is in hot soup following revelations of their involvement in a multimillion ringgit land/logging deal in Kelantan.
Surprisingly the pressure against the powerful DAP cousins of Perak is mounting from within the party itself with calls for the duo to step down if the land/logging deal is proven to be true.
DAP chairman Karpal Singh’s latest warning to party leaders and members couldn’t have come at a better time too.
Pro-Dap and Opposition supporters are now demanding Ngeh and Nga to come clean on the logging/land scandal or quit politics if they failed to explain the humiliating deal with the Pas led Kelantan government.
Some Opposition linked news portals that often double as their propaganda agents have also been publishing comments critical about the Perak Dap cousins.
Readers in two pro-Opposition news portals opined that Ngeh and Nga were tarnishing DAP’s image as the party was often seen to be advocating clean governance and transparency.
Several comments also concluded that DAP should not retain Ngeh and Nga as candidates in the coming general elections.
Ngeh is Beruas member of parliament and Setiawan state assemblyman while Nga is Taiping MP and Pantai Remis state assemblyman.
Commenter ‘senyumyang’ said: “In the same vein, if these two cousins are found to be fraudsters, DAP should find the courage to sack them even if it affects the party's fortunes in Perak. DAP should walk the talk too”.
‘ChinTuLanNo1’ said the party should investigate the scandal thoroughly: “DAP & PR must get to the very bottom of the case in issue. And if both Mr Ngeh and Nga cannot prove themselves innocent, they MUST GO! Please settle the issue before next GE”.
Echoing the same sentiment, ‘maxfairplay’ wrote: “Both YBs should explain to their party CC with documented proof. If they are really guilty of the offence, they should be sacked. No one is above the law. If they are being victimised, then they should sue”.
Recently Karpal had urged party leaders to stay out of trouble by positioning themselves away from any wrong doings.
The Bukit Gelugor MP, when responding to the controversial Kelantan land deal said: “All party leaders have to stay away from trouble that could create negative public perception on their integrity and dignity”.
This latest Ngeh-Nga land/logging scandal was exposed by blogger Pisau.net who insinuated that the land/logging deal with Kelantan state government was political trade off to allow Pas’ Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin to become the Perak Mentri Besar after the 2008 general election.
The Mole had highlighted that Upaya Padu Plantation Sdn Bhd, a company linked with the DAP duo, was awarded with 10,000 acres of land in Gua Musang as a part of the deal.
Pisau.net had also published a letter which revealed that Ngeh and Nga are among the directors in a registered company in the company.
Both Ngeh and Nga at first, denied to comment anything regarding their involvements with the company, but latter had admitted that they are indeed the investors in the project.
Several senior DAP leaders, when contacted, refused to comment on the scandal.