PETALING JAYA - DAP's blame-game of "political gangsterism" for its defeat in the Teluk Intan parliamentary by-election is an insult to the voters' freedom of choice, said MCA treasurer-general Datuk Seri Kuan Peng Soon.
"DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng is a sore loser by refusing to accept the party's defeat in the Teluk Intan by-election."
"Instead of accepting the fact that Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Mah Siew Kiong was a better choice than DAP's Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, Guan Eng announced that DAP's loss was due to Umno's 'political gangsterism' the moment the results were announced," he said in a statement issued to the media here on Sunday.
Kuan said that such a statement by Lim not only insulted the intelligence of the voters but also displayed his arrogance.
He said it was time for DAP to "lick its wounds" and take stock of what it did wrong resulting in Dyana's loss in the polls.
"It is obvious that in this by-election, DAP took voter support for granted, especially that of the Chinese community," he added.
He said DAP should consider factors contributing to lower voter support, in particular Chinese votes.
"DAP must understand that its loss in Teluk Intan, as well as the loss in Chinese votes, was because people are against the implementation of PAS' hudud law," he said, adding that DAP had refused to take responsibility over PAS' actions and tried to push the blame to MCA instead.
He added that Dyana's credibility and flip-flop stance on several issues had also courted controversy, particularly her mother's links to Perkasa and its president Datuk Ibrahim Ali.
"As such, it is clear that DAP's loss is due to the fact that its novelty image as the 'perfect party' has finally faded, and it has been proven to be unsuitable in living up to its promises," he added.
The Teluk Intan parliamentary seat is seen as a predominantly Chinese seat with the community forming 42 per cent of the 60,349 registered voters and Malays and Indians comprising 38 per cent and 19 per cent, respectively.
Mah polled 20,157 votes against Dyana's 19,919 votes with 550 spoilt votes in the contest, which saw voter turnout of 66.7 per cent compared with 80.7 per cent in the May 5 general election in 2013.