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PETALING JAYA: DAP’s grassroots members have lashed out at the actions of several party leaders who are being ‘greedy’ in wanting to secure positions for themselves.

DAP’s Taman Chi Liung Indah division chairman, K. Yogasigamany, said if the problem isn’t addressed quickly, it could result in members distancing themselves from the party and its activities.

“We have many leaders of calibre, both now and before. Unfortunately, many of these leaders have been sidelined due to the greed of a handful of leaders who want to monopolize all key positions among themselves.

“The best example of how it has affected the grassroots can be seen in the poor turnout at the Selangor DAP convention recently,” he told reporters today.

DAP national chairman, Karpal Singh, had previously opined that DAP leaders who currently hold more than one seat, be it as an member of parliament or assemblyman, should only contest either one for the upcoming 13th general election.

However, his call received condemnation from several DAP leaders.

Yogasigamany, who said he represent the Selangor grassroots members, is asking delegates at the DAP National Convention to lend their full support to Karpal’s leadership.

The former Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) councillor claimed there are efforts to bring down Karpal at the convention, which will be held in Penang this weekend.

Without naming any individuals, Yogasigamany said they discovered attempts to take down Karpal about a month ago, when Selangor DAP only recognised Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng and ‘a female leader’ as the party’s main leaders.

“He (Karpal) is a DAP icon and a man of principle; he hasn’t changed from then till now.

“We know of a Selangor DAP leader who met with DAP Klang delegates to ask for support for Kit Siang, Guan Eng and herself as the party leaders, but omitted Karpal.

“There is also talk that Karpal is set to be replaced by his son, Gobind.”

Yogasigamany stressed that DAP and Pakatan Rakyat still need Karpal to ‘right the wrongs’, especially in this transformation period to face the federal government.