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‘DEEP CHASM’: His opposition to Bersih rally earned him rebuke from party
KUALA LUMPUR: OUTSPOKEN DAP politician Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim, 78, is quitting the party three years after he joined it.
In a one-hour interview with ntv7 hosts Norzie Pak Wan Chek and Charles Mohan aired last night, the party vice-chairman said the time had come for him to take a hard look at his position in the party.
He said he had received a lot of “helpful advice” from his family, friends and wellwishers. “And I think based on what they have said and given the deep chasm, very wide differences now that are irreconcilable, there is no other alternative but for me to seek to withdraw with some dignity left.
“I will, therefore, resign my membership from DAP and I will advise the party within the next few minutes.”
His move came after he appeared to have broken ranks with the opposition by declaring in the Dewan Negara on April 24 his opposition to Bersih 3.0’s move to have a sit-in at Dataran Merdeka on April 28.
This earned him a rebuke from DAP secretary- general Lim Guan Eng, who accused him of going against the party’s stand. Tunku Aziz said he was not surprised that he would not be reappointed as a senator when his term ended at the end of this month. He realised at a “very early stage” that DAP might not be suitable for him and had wanted to leave earlier, but “loyalty to friends” made him stay on.