Dr M clarifies “DAP extreme” remarks

File photo of Dr Mahathir (left) and DAP strongman Lim Kit Siang – Malaysiakini photo

THE DAP used to be an extremist Chinese-centric party but has now toned down, ex-Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has clarified.

The Pejuang pro-tem chairman said the DAP had since become more moderate and inclusive and open to the Malays.

“They are seen to have changed. They used to be extreme. During those days when I was the prime minister (in the first tenure), they were quite extreme.

“But now DAP has realised that without the support from the Malays, they cannot win. So they opened DAP to the Malays, while for the Indians, they have already been accepted earlier.

“So there are Malays in DAP, and because of this, we see DAP has become more moderate,” he said in an interview with Malaysiakini.

He was responding to his earlier statement where he described the DAP as “sometime extreme”.

The two-time PM said that there are some DAP members who are still “very extreme” and that they are not willing to compromise themselves for others.

“As usual, in political parties, there are those who are extreme and there are the moderate ones.

“Among the DAP members, there are people like Ramasamy, Ronnie Liu, and such. These people are very extreme. They are not willing to accommodate at all,” Mahathir told Malaysiakini on Wednesday.

He was referring to Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy and DAP central executive committee member Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew.