DAP chairperson Karpal Singh must be commended for his recent call to Pakatan Rakyat to practise a “one candidate, one seat” policy.
At last, one leader in Pakatan has finally spoken up against this undemocratic practice of the party elite monopolising federal and state seats… a lion among the lambs?
When I criticised this practice a few years ago, the “seat grabbers” tried to justify it by saying they could handle both federal and state constituencies: “All you need to do is employ more secretaries to look after the seats for you what,” was one pathetic reply.
They failed to see the contradiction and fallacy in this undemocratic practice while criticising the Barisan Nasional for not carrying out democratic reforms. -
Don't worry, Kua Kia Soong has not jumped ship and Pakatan Rakyat leaders won't be accusing him of having been paid millions of ringgit to criticise the Opposition. For whatever he is worth, Kia Soong appears to be telling his former party THE Dap to stop their nonsense.
"There are other reforms that have not been implemented within Pakatan, including limiting the terms of office of the party leader, a democratic reform that has been achieved by even the retrogressive MCA.
Has the never-ending feudal “dear leader” syndrome any place in a democracy? - Kua Kia Soong
I was told by former DAP stalwart Wee Choo Keong (now Independent Wangsa Maju MP) that failure to address the supreme commanders of DAP as "Dear leader" would land one in a very hot soup, including being sacked from the party for 'not showing enough affection to the leadership" - as in Wee's case many moons ago.
"If Pakatan fails to carry out such intra-party reform, democracy will continue to be cynically interpreted – as my former comrades in the DAP used to joke about it – “Dia mahu kerusi“. - Kua Kia Soong
Read the rest of Kua Kia Soong's comments HERE.(also published on Page 165 of Kia Soong's latest book -The end of Barisan Nasional?)
Well 'One candidate, one seat: Its democracy stupid! has certainly hit some raw nerves in DAP.
DAP grassroots leaders, particularly those who have had enough of being ruled by the Lim dynasty have begun voicing their support for the 'one candidate, one seat' policy.
DAP chairman Karpal Singh rekindled the fire by suggesting that DAP 'dear leader' secretary general Lim Guan Eng could be the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Karpal is not a rookie politician born out of the 2008 political tsunami. As Kia Soong puts it on the 2nd paragraph of his comment piece, Karpal appears to be the lion among the lambs...in Penang at least.
The DAP grassroots in Penang are just sending 'dear leader' Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng a clear message.
The shocking departure of DAP vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz following arrogant remarks by the 'dear leader' has indeed prompted some soul searching in the DAP.
It's an open secret in Penang DAP now that influential local leaders have begun promoting Penang DAP chief Chow Kon Yeowto replace 'dear leader' Guan Eng.
DAP members and supporters in Penang are being informed that 'dear leader' Guan Eng should be the Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister and that Penang SHOULD be led by a Penangite.
Basically, Guan Eng is being showed the way out of Penang, in a rather polite manner (unlike the case in Malacca a few years ago where Guan Eng was thrown out during state DAP elections together with his wife Betty).
Karpal's recent statement about him waiting to address 'dear leader' Guan Eng as 'dear Prime Minister' is by no means a gaffe.
Along the way Karpal has (rightly or wrongly) riled up the Malays with his Prime Minister Guan Eng suggestion, but the seasoned politician's missile has definitely hit its intended target.
Guan Eng has no choice now but to give up his state seat, by extension his chief minister post, and only contest a parliamentary seat as DAP chairman Karpal thinks Guan Eng should become THE prime minister.
With the DAP embracing the 'one candidate, one seat' policy, no one (even if you're a dear leader) should be allowed to contest in both state and parliamentary seats.
Certainly the Chairman knows what is good for the DAP than the 'dear leader' secretary general who merely inherited the position from his father.
DAP insiders are confident that the BRAVE VOICES of genuine members and their leaders could be heard soon... louder as the 13th General Election looms on the horizon.
They say - 'Its democracy, STUPID!
p/s DAP representative on the Kuala Kubu Baru district council in Selangor quits post? Check it out!
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has hit another FIRST of sorts by becoming the FIRST politician in Malaysia with ONE MILLION followers on Facebook. ... and the numbers are increasing by the minute.
There could be a MILLION reasons why Najib is quite popular on both Facebook and micro-blogging site Twitter but topping the list would most certainly be the Umno president's willingness to engage the young and embrace change.
The Prime Minister certainly doesn't have to galvanise his ONE MILLION Facebook followers and 500,000 plus Twitter followers for a show of force on the streets of Kuala Lumpur.
More than 1.5 MILLION followers on cyberspace is by itself a manifestation that NAJIB is doing something RIGHT.
The others will just have to follow suit. Walk the talk!
KUALA LUMPUR: A lawyer yesterday became the second person
to be charged in relation to the Bersih 3.0 rally that took place more than a
G.N. Rajesh Kumar claimed trial to contravening a court
order by being part of an illegal assembly at Jalan Raja.
G.N. Rajesh Kumar, 44, claimed trial to contravening a court
order issued on April 26 by magistrate Zaki Asyraf Zubir by being part of an
illegal assembly at Jalan Raja, here, on April 28.
Rajesh Kumar, who is a Bar Council disciplinary committee
member, also pleaded not guilty to an alternative charge of taking part, with
other Bersih 3.0 members, in a gathering at prohibited areas of Dataran
The Bar Council and its president Lim Chee Wee would certainly hold on to the 'innocent until proven guilty' maxim in this latest case which involves their DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE MEMBER.
Its only fair that Mr G.N. Rajesh Kumar be allowed to prove his innocence or otherwise.
While treading this difficult path (with the Friday EGM on his mind), Wee should not forget that the whole issue at hand now is about the respect for RULE of LAW.
If the Bar Council truly respects the Rule of Law then Wee and his boys should immediately stop demonising those who have had accusations hurled against them, including their very own DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE MEMBER G.N. Rajesh Kumar and the Royal Malaysian Police.
Let the law take its course. We respect the Rule of Law... don't we, Wee?
p/s The Government didn't even consider appointing the Malayan Communist Party (MCP) leader Chin Peng to the Independent Advisory Panel, for that please don't attempt to ridicule the appointment of former IGP Tun Haniff Omar as panel chairman..OK?