30 July, 2009

Underworld links in Johor DAP ?

Not too long ago, allegations surfaced in Selangor of ‘mafia’ links among some state executive councilors.

A DAP leader in Johor said there are certain people in the party using secret societies to strengthen their political positions in the southern state.

Two police reports have since been lodged. State DAP chief Dr Boo Cheng Hau said he was waiting to be called up for questioning.

“I will cooperate,”, he said.

The reports were lodged in Kulai and Muar.

The Chinese media had quoted him as saying that he had been forcibly stopped from attending party meetings in northern Johor by some people claiming to be DAP members.

He allegedly said he had reason to believe that these people had links with the underworld, with certain members setting the dangerous precedent of using secret societies to strengthen their positions.

Dr Boo, was also reported as saying that he thought it was an isolated case. He added, however, that there was no need to be overly alarmed about his safety and that he was thankful the public was concerned about him.

Dispute among two factions

Speculation is rife that there is a dispute between him and Bentayan state assemblyman Gwee Tong Hian, leading to a leadership struggle between two factions in the state DAP.

It is said that Gwee has strong backing from some top leaders in the party’s central executive committee, while supporters of Dr Boo said he is “an idealist who sticks by his principles”.

Early this month, DAP leaders in Selangor were up in arms against Wangsa Maju MP Wee Choo Keong over his accusations that there were links between a state exco member and the underworld.

Wee, a former DAP member and Bukit Bintang MP in the early 1990s, had alleged in his blog that the office of a certain executive councillor was used as a meeting place for people connected with underground business activities.

Several state DAP leaders lashed out against him over the allegations. They have asked the police to investigate the charges.

Hishammuddin: Probe claims

Meanwhile, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the Johor police have also been asked to investigate the claims that certain politicians were involved with secret societies in the state.

Speaking to reporters after his weekly post-Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, he said such activities could tarnish the image of local representatives in the country.

“Such practices can lead to a breakdown of the highest institutions in the country and work against everything we have striven to achieve in the country in the 50 years since independence,” he said.

- Malaysian Mirror

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