KUALA LUMPUR: The first DAP Wanita election on Saturday is a telling sign of the “glacial pace” of democracy within the party, MCA central committee member Loh Seng Kok said.

He added it would be misguided to view the internal election as a “milestone” when such elections had long been the norm in other political parties.

“The DAP constantly brags it is better than other political parties in its promotion and support of democracy and human rights. But here we can see how slow it is in practising democracy,” he said in a statement on Saturday.

Loh, the deputy chairman of MCA’s publicity bureau, was commenting on reports that the DAP would be holding its first internal polls for the DAP women’s wing and quoting wing chief Chong Eng as saying it was a “milestone” for the party.

Chong Eng, who is Bukit Mertajam MP, said 27 candidates are in the contest for the 15 seats at stake during the DAP Wanita Congress here. She has been the DAP Wanita chief for 12 years.

Loh said that in the larger Pakatan Rakyat context, none of the main leaders of the three parties were elected.

“DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat and PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim were never voted through internal party polls but they go around proclaiming themselves democratic,” said Loh.

- THE STAR

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