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Karpal: Aziz,withdraw your statement now

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DAP NATIONAL chairman Karpal Singh today called upon the party’s former vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim to publicly withdraw his statement in a news article in a local English daily on Sunday titled “DAP’s triumph of chauvinistic will”.

He claimed that in the article, Tunku Aziz had stated that he (Karpal Singh) was on record as having issued what amounted to an edict prohibiting DAP members from accepting state awards from Malay rulers.

“The statement by Tunku Aziz was certainly a half-truth and perpetrated for the sole purpose and objective of putting me in a bad light in the eyes of the Malays in the country,” he told a press conference here today.

Karpal Singh said he never mentioned the words Malays rulers but just stated that members of the DAP, both assemblymen and members of parliament, should not accept Datukships during their tenure of office to ensure transparency.

On a separate matter, Karpal Singh said the death of former Gerakan president and former Minister of Energy, Water and Communications, Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik was a great loss to the country’s political landscape.

Describing the late Dr Lim as a lighthearted person, Karpal Sing said Dr Lim was a great leader and never had problems with him despite they being in different parties. –Bernama