They were once okay. Their leaders were quite tactful with what they said and wrote. And that's how they won many supports.
But that was the 1980s and late 1990s. However, when they formed a political cahoot with PAS and Semangat 46, they lost respect among the Chinese 'hardcores'. And once again, the Pakatan Rakyat which groups DAP with PAS and PKR does not augur well for its self-reliance.
DAP is seen as following too much of PAS and PKR influence in the political pact. Once doubted as a mediocre 'democratic party' for having so many Malay members, DAP is now losing the Malay support, not because of its alignment with PAS and PKR but for the manner in which its leaders carry themselves.
They fall into PAS and PKR's 'vulgarism and foul language' political traits. Almost each and every DAP leader now subscribe to such a method. Even Nik Aziz once gained respect from among the Malays, including Umno for being a polite and vulgar-free leader.
However, the Tok Guru has lost that respect when he himself joins PKR trend of using foul language against his political enemies. I had respected him as an ulama and a pious leader although he is not with the BN pool.
And yesterday, MCA called on the new generation of DAP leaders not to turn their party into a party of foul language.
Wanita MCA secretary-general, Senator Chew Lee Giok said the earlier generations of DAP leaders, such as current DAP life advisor Dr Chen Man Hin and former secretary-general C.V. Devan Nair, had shown the virtue of rationality in the field of politics.
"But the actions of this current batch of DAP leaders who tend to utter foul words frequently, and worse, are actually proud of it, has corrupted the party's principles," she said in a statement.
DAP elections preparations publicity chief Hew Kuan Yau (pic), she said had used rude words, scolding and cursing MCA leaders, as well as their family members, while Perak assemblyman Nga Kor Ming followed suit by uttering the words, 'political prostitute' during the state legislative assembly sitting.
"Describing someone as a prostitute is very insulting indeed, and Nga Kor Ming should not have done that despite having differences of opinion with anyone," she added. Chew also challenged DAP women leaders such as Teresa Kok, Chong Eng and Teo Nie Ching to stand up and condemn the discriminating and insulting statements made by Nga against Perak state legislative assembly Deputy Speaker Datuk Hee Yit Foong on Wednesday.
But bad habit is hard to die. As far as politics are concern, DAP and its Opposition partners will go on with their abusive approach.