Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Fighting spirit: Lee (right) answering a question during the interview at Menara Star in Petaling Jaya.
Sacked DAP leader Jenice Lee who is defending her Teratai state seat as an Independent claimed that she is the most “winnable” candidate in the contest.
Despite going up against four others as well as one DAP comrade, she claimed that the support from those who showed up to cheer her on during Nomination Day was a lot more than the DAP candidate.
“Show me which DAP branch here does not support me. All of them proposed my name for candidacy to the party. This only shows that the leadership refuses to listen to the grassroots,” she said in an emotionally-charged interview on Switchup.tv's GE13: The Showdown with journalist Regina Lee.
She said that she was not sorry about contesting as an Independent, citing a conspiracy and tales of sabotage by her own party.
Hitting out at “certain quarters” which included a top party leader, Lee claimed that her popularity triggered the “conspiracy” to sideline her.
She also claimed that her party members made all sorts of allegations against her.
“They claimed that I abused funds and even resorted to personal attacks, claiming that I was having affairs with many men,” she said.
If the party was serious about investigating those allegations, she said they should have acted when the rumours surfaced in 2011.
She also claimed that she was sidelined due to “jealousy”.
“In the Selangor party elections in 2010, I received the highest number of votes and I'm one of the most popular faces in the party,” she said.
Despite her “popularity”, she lost in the race for the Selangor DAP Socialist Youth chief post to her former assistant last year.
Despite the claims of sabotage, she said she would attempt to rejoin the DAP if she wins the elections and even if she does not, she considers herself to be Pakatan Rakyat-friendly.
“My heart and soul is still with DAP and it is a good party, but there is just this small group of leaders practising cronyism.
“I think I have what it takes to fix this,” she said.