In the latest spate of domestic bickering in the DAP, Karpal told the party's annual convention in Penang that the party could not afford to have a 'mafia', a reference to the label 'godfather' Ramasamy gave him earlier.
"Who built the DAP? The veteran leaders had built the party and no one should forget the sacrifices of these leaders. The present leaders would not be what they are now without the sacrifice made by the veterans," he said, turning the convention as a platform to criticise Ramasamy.
"Godfather portrays the image of a mafia group, while the DAP has never tolerated the mafia," he said, adding that Ramasamy joined the party to 'do things his own way'.
"Nobody can become warlords in the DAP, including Ramasamy by trying to nominate his election candidates," he said.
After that heated session, Ramsamy told reporters that he was prepared to leave the party for good if it comes to that as the allegations against him were baseless and a conspiracy to tarnish his reputation. "I can go back to my hometown Sitiawan," he said.
The crisis in DAP gains quick response from some bloggers.
Stopthelies says Lim Guan Eng, who now spots a new hairdo took Ramasamy along, according to news reports.
"He should have taken Tony Pua, the pseudo economic and defence expert. He should be visiting LIMA so he can get his facts correct.
"Back to Penang. Temperature is still soaring with Karpal’s faction headed by two Penang assemblymen RSN Rayner and A.Tanasekharan demanding Ramasamy’s head. They want him to apologise and the war has extended with Ramasamy’s aide,M.Satee tweeting away against the two."
Blogger Tun Faisal says Ramasamy was battered for being 'an Indian' in DAP, and this shows how racist the party is.
"Hari ini kita dibuktikan betapa DAP adalah sebuah parti yang rasis dan double standard ,P Ramasamy akan dihadapkan ke jawatankuasa displin dan akan dihukum ini berbeza apabila Lim Guan Eng, Ng Wei Aik, Jeff Ooi, Nga Khor Meng, Ronnie Liew, Tony Pua dan hampir kesemua evengelis Kristian di dalam DAP terlepas daripada tindakan dan diberi layanan istimewa..."
I guess the internal problem will not end just there. If Rama leaves the party or being subjected to the disciplinary committee, his supporters within the Indian community will also leave as Rama is portrayed as a champion for the Indians.
In the last general election, almost 35 per cent votes for DAP came from the Indians, and should Ramasamy leaves the party, the Opposition will be adversely affected in the next national poll, which is expected to be early next year.
However, this 'warlord', 'godfather' and 'mafia' things are getting so common nowadays, especially among the Pakatan Rakyat pact. The only issue is to identify and then deny it.