Tuesday, 1 October 2013
DAP, still far from being a multi-racial party.
In the Central Executive Committee (CEC) election just concluded, Zairil Khir Johari was the sole Malay elected into the 20-member CEC. This is rather disappointing for a party that professes to be multi-racial and promotes the Bangsa Malaysia slogan.
In defense, I am sure the argument is that the party promotes meritocracy and the election was an exercise of democracy. It says a lot of the 2,000 plus delegates and the general membership of the party.
Surely, as a national party of significance, Malaysians should expect the DAP to begin making real change to be inclusive, especially when it comes to race. And the party is the first to know that while the virtues of democracy is ideal, in practice it tends to favor incumbencies, and is not always able to level the playing field.