Tunku Abdul Aziz stands on his own - Tian Chua
KUALA LUMPUR: The opposition has distanced themselves from DAP vice chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim, who had criticised Bersih 3.0, saying his opinion did not reflect that of the opposition or that of his party.
Though maintaining that it was PKR vice president Tian Chua said Tunku Abdul Aziz's criticisms of Bersih 3.0 was the latter's personal view and not reflecting that of the opposition's.
Tian Chua's comments were mild compared with an earlier statement from DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng who had rebuked Tunku Abdul Aziz in a strongly worded remarks.
As reported in the Malaysian Insider, Guan Eng who is also Penang Chief Minister declared that Tunku Abdul Aziz was alone in his view, adding the senior leader was such an embarassment to the party.
Although dissenting views were permitted in the party, Guan Eng stressed that members should always bow to the views of majority in the party.
Speaking to The Mole, Tian Chua, who is also MP for Batu said in the name of democracy Tunku Abdul Aziz had every right to give his opinion, but pointed out, as what the senior DAP member had said, it was his personal view.
"Its not only him, even in PKR and DAP, there are members who don't support the rally, but there are also members who supported rally, and there are even members who supported the rally, but decided not to go to the rally, its different.
"And for me, we are not joining the rally as a member from any political party, but we are going there as a citizen of Malaysia who believes it is a crucial thing to call for a free and fair election," he said.
Commenting further on Tunku Abdul Aziz's opinion, Tian Chua said: " This is a freedom of speech, its his opinion".
Tunku Abdul Aziz criticisms of Bersih 3.0 yesterday seemed to have stirred a hornets nest especially among the opposition and the Bersih organisers.
Tunku Abdul Aziz's contention was that the rally would only generate chaos and encourage people to break the law.
In a news carried by news agency Bernama yesterday, Tunku Abdul Aziz was reported as saying that the rally could turn ugly.
Speaking to the reporters at the Parliament, he is quoted as saying that past experiences had shown that all rallies, which were meant to be peaceful, in the end, turned out being uncontrollable and had the tendency to descend into violences.
Tunku Abdul Aziz also pointed out that something bad might be happening if none of Bersih's committee members would be there to take care of the rally.
"Who will be looking after the casualties; people who are injured, people who are trampled upon. The tendecy is to blame the authority and I think this is unfair," he told reporters.
Bloggers had picked up Tunku Abdul Aziz remarks as a reminder to the Bersih organisers of the death of Baharudin Ahmad during the Bersih 2.0 rally last year.
Prominent blogger Datuk Ahiruddin Atan or popularly known as Rocky Bru, had immediately after Tunku Abdul Aziz criticised Bersih, said members of opposition party will be bashed if they had different views from the coallition.
In his posting, Rocky had anticipated that the possibility that Tunku Abdul Aziz will be treated as an enemy, called names and accused of being bought by the "other side".
"They are going to call Tunku Aziz names now. How dare the old man openly opposes Bersih 3.0? Has he lost his marbles or has he gone over to the "dark side"? How much did they pay him to label Ambiga and Samad Said "irresponsible"? Sheeesh!," Rocky said.
Another blogger Dr Novandri Hassan Basri, in his article pointed out that Guan Eng's statement against Tunku Abdul Aziz had clearly shown that the DAP is not as democratic as they always claim to be.
He said, it was such a shameful act done by Guan Eng as he has no respect over DAP senior member who made a lot of sense.