Now, by stating what DAP stands for as I do now, is by no means insisting that DAP is a party free from blemishes. It has it own shortcomings and weaknesses.
An image problem is one of them. It will continue to be vilified as a racist and chauvinist party. That image is partly internally generated but mostly the result of years of propaganda and overextended indoctrination by the ruling government to look out after its pet poodle.
And I personally suspect its idea of Malaysian Malaysia isn't understood fully by its grassroots supporters.
Case in point: if DAP implores the Malay grassroots to accept and trust DAP Chinese leaders, they must also do the same by asking the Chinese grassroots to accept and trust deserving Malay leaders. Trust and acceptance require reciprocity. There is still much schooling to be done on on its grassroots members and supporters.
But I cant castigate MCA and at the same time, list the bad points on DAP. Like Karpal Singh said a long time ago, you cant be two extremes simultaneously. I am not writing a dos and donts essay.