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TUNKU ABDUL AZIZ:THE NEW DAP VICE CHAIRMAN

Tunku Aziz began his business career with Guthrie Corporation Ltd and later became the advisor of Bank Negara. Later he returned to the private sector by joining Dunlop Malaysian Industries before being appointed a Sime Darby Group director.

He left Malaysia in 1985 to take up a directorship at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London before returning to Malaysia in 1992 following his retirement. He claimed to have been eyeing DAP for the last 20 years. Find out why he prefers DAP over other political parties.




Tunku Abdul Aziz: Why I joined DAP


©The Sun
by Tim Leonard

KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 24, 2008) : One of the country’s prominent icons for transparency, Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim, who joined the DAP on Saturday and was today appointed one of its national vice-chairmen said his move to join the ‘rocket’ was not for monetary reasons but purely because he shared the same values and ideals as the party.

"There is no money...," said Tunku Aziz at a press conference attended by DAP stalwarts during the party’s 15th Triennial National Congress at a hotel here, today.

"If anyone thinks I have been bought, then they have to think again," he said.

"I have been targeting DAP without their knowledge for the last 20 years.

"A lot of people might be thinking why I joined DAP…but the reason is simple. While other parties talk about democracy, justice and equality…DAP not only espouses these values but try much harder than the rest (to practice these values)," he said.

"I am very pleased to say that I have made up my mind. The decision (to join DAP) was taken a long time ago but the signing of the form was yesterday ," he added.

Asked why he chose to join DAP only now and not earlier, the former Transparency International-Malaysia president and member of the Royal Commission on the police force in 2004 said:

"Yesterday (Saturday) was as good as any other day".

Tunku Aziz said his decision was also based on the fact that there was no future for race based political party or system in the country and there is a need for Bangsa Malaysia.

"After 50 years (of independence), we've got to decide what kind of Malaysia we want. Do we want a fractured Malaysia?" he asked.

"People must have a stake in this country," he said.

Questioned by reporters why he chose DAP instead of other opposition parties such as Parti Keadilan, Tunku Aziz said:

"Let’s put it this way. I am much more comfortable (with DAP)… I trust people around me…"

Tunku Aziz, when asked if he shared the same take as DAP on nominating Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as leader of Pakatan Rakyat if the Opposition topples the Government despite being critical of Anwar in the past, said:

"I have always been an independent person with independent view…based on my principles."

Meanwhile, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said it was an honour to have Tunku Aziz join the party.

"This is the first time Tunku is involved in a political party and it is indeed a great honour to have him in our team," said Lim.

"This is in line with our objective to be a multi-racial party," he added.

Tunku Aziz formerly held senior management positions in large private and public sector organisations in Malaysia, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

He began his business career with Guthrie Corporation Ltd and later became the advisor of Bank Negara. Later he returned to the private sector by joining Dunlop Malaysian Industries before being appointed a Sime Darby Group director.

He left Malaysia in 1985 to take up a directorship at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London before returning to Malaysia in 1992 following his retirement.

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