Sunday, September 7, 2008

DAP: We’re against party-hopping for gains - Star


The Democratic Action Party (DAP) on Sunday reiterated it would oppose any attempt by Members of Parliament (MPs) from Barisan Nasional crossing over to the Pakatan Rakyat alliance for the sake of monetary, personal advancement or material gains.

Party adviser Lim Kit Siang said Barisan MPs should only decide to jump ship if such a move would benefit their constituents, the country and Malaysians at large.

“It’s commendable and honourable for Barisan MPs to do so if they believe such a defection would benefit the people and country.

“This is more ethical but I believe the Barisan MPs (who may be contemplating defecting) would not do so for material gains,” he told reporters after opening two new branches in Terengganu.

The two new branches are Kampung Cina chaired by Ng Chai Heng, and Sungai Tong in Setiu chaired by Mat Zaki Mamat.

Lim said the Barisan MPs who abandon the coalition by holding to the principle of saving the nation would surely gain the sympathy, support and respect of all Malaysians.

“But do this (cross over) with principle and ethics,” he said.

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