Despite the presence of Aspan and Sakmongkol, the DAP is a Chinese-based party and should not pretend that it is not.
Before embarking on the 4-day, 1000km Kembara Mahkota Johor 2012 last Sunday, I did a posting on Tunku Aziz Ibrahim. He was still a DAP member then, although an unhappy one. When I re-entered the Malaysian political blogosphere this morning, Tunku Aziz has quit the party. The man they called "the Towering Malay" when he joined the DAP 4 years ago was effectively forced to quit for daring to voice his "personal views" on Bersih 3.0, a desperate Pakatan Rakyat's political lifeline.
There aren't many notable Malays in the DAP to start with. You have, perhaps, Aspan Alias and Dato Sabri aka Sakmongkol who joined the party quite recently, and there is Khir Johari's son, Zairil.
The collapse of the so-called Towering Malay is, of course, an opportunity for Aspan and Sakmongkol to get an early promotion in the DAP. But neither is of Tunku Aziz's class; in fact, both are seen no more than just two more disgruntled ex-UMNO men. Most DAP members don't trust either of them and in light of the damage Tunku Aziz has done to their party, I reckon they'd trust the two Malays even less now.
Read more at ROCKY'S BRU.