THE sacking of three DAP members Wednesday was a testimony how the party is being ruled like a communist politburo - nobody is allowed to criticise the leadership or face the 'bullet'.
Puah Ju Kian of the Teluk Gadong branch, Yap Kon Min of the Serdang Baru branch and Tan Chew Wah of the Balakong New Village branch were expelled 'for breaching the party's constitution and for criticising the leadership', according to a statement.
I remember when DAP announced its 'partnership' with PAS and Semangat 46 in the late 1980s, many of its members objected by accusing their leadership of going against the party's original objective. Some were expelled while others quit for other political parties.
So, its true that DAP is under full control of the secretary-general, similar to that of the Russian and Chinese politburo.
DAP leaders demand full respect from all members. Its central committee acts under Lim Kit Siang's directive while Karpal Singh 'legal endorsement' fortifies the sec-gen in a manner that no member can find a way to sue or drag him to court.
The disciplinary committee held a hearing for the three on Aug 5 at the party's national headquarters and was satisfied that the explanations given by them could not justify their respective acts which had seriously jeopardised the party interest and breach of comradeship.
The is no actual comradeship in DAP. When was the last time its senior posts were opened to contest?
Puah was expelled for mismanaging branch affairs, Yap for repeatedly and openly making 'defamatory and malicious accusations against party leaders' and Chew Wah for repeatedly and openly making personal attacks against party leaders.
They were actually making constructive comment about how the party should be led without PAS and PKR. However, Lim, Karpal and others couldn't take smart and good ideas. To them, what the sec-gen or the central committe decides must be heeded by all.