|Happy Chinese faces receiving a "Malay" as their member|
BERSIH Co- Chairman A Samad Said finally became a DAP member this afternoon, after years of contemplating joining the Chinese majority party. Pak Samad, as the 80-year-old novelist and activist is fondly known as, was given his membership card by DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang at a function in Gua Musang, Kelantan today.
After receiving his DAP membership card, Lim described A. Samad Said as a so-called "warrior for change".
Samad, who was formerly a co-chairperson of electoral reform group Bersih 2.0, represents an important "catch" for DAP in the party's bid to shed its largely Chinese image to win more Malays to its fold. In essence, A. Samad Said is important for DAP to win Malay votes. That's all.
Joining DAP has also long been a desire of his, because it was a secular party that was able to represent all Malaysians and not an Islamic based party that is based on the Al-Quran and teaching of the prophet Muhammad S.A.W.
However, he admitted that he was troubled by the current discord within Pakatan Rakyat (PR) fuelled by a spat between DAP and PAS, but said he would observe developments further before giving his take on the situation.
He has become a prominent figure in demonstrations and rallies by PR and non-governmental organisations in recent years. – June 13, 2015.