"I have to serve my nation first," Tunku Abdul Aziz said.
KUALA LUMPUR: Hailed as a towering Malay when he joined the DAP, Tunku Abdul Aziz today fell from grace when the party decided not to extend his senatorship for speaking his mind.
The DAP vice chairman has confirmed that his remarks against Bersih 3.0 rally recently was the reason for his party's decision
"Previously I was told by the party that my position (senatorship) will be extended.
"After the remarks I made, many people have the impression that I am not consistent with the party's view (on Bersih) and it will put the leadership in a difficult situation if they continue with my appointment.
"If my position is going to cause disharmony and I have been called as an embarassment to the party, I told them not to put my name up (in Senatorship reappointment)," Tunku Aziz told The Mole.
The former strongman of Transparency International however stood his ground, stressing that he would not compromise his principles and beliefs just because he is a member of a political party and his senatorship is not an issue.
"My senatorship is not an issue. In the end, I serve my nation first. If by disagreeing with Bersih 3.0 makes me a bad party member, let it be. What is more important to me is my conscience in respecting the law and order and preserving the country's peace," Tunku Abdul Aziz said.
The blogospehere was abuzz today with speculations that Tunku Abdul Aziz will not be reappointed when his term ends on May 30.
OutSyed The Box stated the Malays in DAP are required to play the 'house negro' role and to be quiet and just listen to the bosses.
“Do as you are told. If you don’t behave you will be sent to sleep in the barn with the animals. I think Tunku Aziz's flirtation with politics is coming to a shocking end soon,” the post read.
Blogger HHalem in his post, addressing former Umno members who joined the DAP, questioned DAP's freedom of speech.
“To those Umno ex-fighters who just joined DAP with hopes to save Malaysia, please take note, (this is) so much for a freedom of speech.”
“The greener grass on the other side might not be as green as we expected to be," the blogger said.
DAP’s Aspan Alias said yesterday DAP should not take any disciplinary action against Tunku Abdul Aziz as he was merely stating his personal views.
The news of the probability of Tunku Abdul Aziz being dropped as DAP-led Penang government representative in Dewan Negara was reported in a news portal and Chinese daily Sin Chew.
“Abdul Aziz was expected to face censure from the DAP after his remarks rejecting the April 28 Bersih 3.0 sit-in in Kuala Lumpur,” Malaysiakini reported.
DAP’s parliamentary advisor Lim Kit Siang, in his Twitter post said "Penang CM LGE had informed Tunku Aziz of Dr. Ariffin Omar's appointment as new Senator from Penang on expiry of Tunku's term at end-May.”
In another post Lim wrote he had cordial discussion with Tunku Abdul Aziz in the parliament, stating there is a room for opinions’ differences in the DAP, provided that all accept the party’s collective decision.
On Saturday The Mole reported Tunku Abdul Aziz as saying that the Bersih organisers should look at themselves first before being so quick to blame the police for last Saturday's violence.
Prior to Tunku Aziz’s latest criticism, DAP’s national deputy chairman Dr Tan Seng Giaw had said there were no plans for any disciplinary action against Tunku Abdul Aziz despite DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng's statement that Tunku Abdul Aziz was an embarrassment to the party.
Following the vice president’s latest criticism against Bersih 3.0. the party's Kota Alam Shah state assemblyman M.Manoharan demanded for disciplinary action and Tunku Aziz’s resignation.