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Kulasegaran’s loss his own doing

November 19th, 2010
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The recently ended DAP Perak polls saw, in Kulasegaran’s own words, “slaughter” of his team by the other side, the Ngeh-Nga cousins. Kula’s team only won 1 out of the 15 places, that too, scrapping in at the 15th place (the team member, Jalong assemblyman Leong Mee Meng, was treasurer in past committee and yet barely made it!).

Kulasegaran, the deputy chairman for Perak (he won the last DAP elections with highest vote, yet end up nominated as deputy only!)  who is also the national level vice-chairman, pointed finger at addition of 60 new branches (each branch contribute 7 delegates) as the reason for such a skewed and unexpected result. The number of delegates this time around have more than tripled from the 306 delegates who voted during the 2008 state party polls.

Of the party’s 1,228 delegates, 972 turned up to vote. Of the total, 42 votes were spoiled. Kula only managed to secure 395 votes in total, placing him at 17th place, behind his closest ally, Thomas Su Keong Siong, the Pasir Pinji assemblyman. That means, about 60 per cent of delegates who cast their votes rejected his bid to stay on as a member of the DAP Perak state committee.

The voters (and public) already been fed with news about feud between Kula and Ngeh-Nga for last one year or so. So, its not a secret that voters may choose to vote for one team instead of for individuals. Kula should admit that his lack of strategy caused the failure. He should have opened more branches and shored up support for his team, instead of leaving it to the existing and new delegates. Thus, for me, the defeat is own doing.

Maybe his threat to quit earlier also did not go down well with the delegates. Wrong strategy/advice?

To rub salt into the wound, the newly elected committee offered to co-opt him (and another loser Sivanesan) as vice-chairman, which is a demotion since he was deputy chairman before this.  Former State Assembly speaker V. Sivakumar, considered as one of Kula’s disciples, was made the new deputy chairman replacing Kulasegaran.

Initially, Kula said:

“I am shocked with today’s results. Maybe I will retire from politics entirely,” he said.

“This is very difficult for me,” he added.

Kula has confirmed that he won’t be taking up the offer to vice-chairman, while Sivanesan has accepted.

“After having weighed all opinions and taking into consideration the present political development and circumstances within Perak DAP, I have decided to decline the cooption offer from the state committee as a state committee member and as state vice chairman,” he said.

He added that he had also taken into consideration the feedback and views offered to him from party leaders, grassroots members and supporters on whether he should accept the co-option.

“I stated earlier that among the factors which I should like to find out was how best I could continue to play an effective and meaningful role in state politics.

“Since then, I have received much valuable feedback which I appreciate very much,” he said.

Kulasegaran, however, stressed that his rejection of the co-option offer today did not spell out his exit from DAP politics.

“This decision is in no way an announcement that I am quitting state politics.

“I pledge to play my active and continued role in both state and national politics to help achieve the Pakatan Rakyat’s twin electoral objectives – to recapture Perak state power and to march towards Putrajaya,” he declared.

So, what to say?

  • You didn’t get place in top 15.
  • Your disciples got better results.
  • Your team got slaughtered.
  • You didn’t shore up support by creating new branches.

What logical result will this lead too?

Another attempt in few years time?

Empire strikes back or Return of the Jedi?



DAP and PAS at it again

August 23rd, 2010
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Its quite evident that the two parties won’t be able to find a common ground, that’s why the contentious issues on religion has not been properly articulated earlier. This will be one of the factors that will lead to downfall of the Pakatan coalition. It just doesn’t jive to imagine DAP and PAS sharing a common consensus on the state of our state.

So, its not surprising to read again about DAP “distancing” itself or PAS saying “DAP are not clear yet” or “just view of individual”. Its quite clear to me (and probably to others as well). From early of last year (read it here and here) till end of last year (read it here), the hudud and Islamic state has been simmering. And it won’t be the last we hear of this issue.

The DAP today distanced itself from renewed talk of hudud law and the implementation of an Islamic state, saying that these were not Pakatan Rakyat (PR) policies.

DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang maintained that DAP’s stand on Malaysia as a secular state has always been “constant and consistent.”

“Hudud laws and [an] Islamic state are not Pakatan Rakyat policies. This is why there is no mention of these issues in the Pakatan Rakyat common platform unveiled at the Pakatan Rakyat convention in Shah Alam on December 19 last year,” said Lim in a statement today.

Under the PR Common Policy Framework (CPC) last year, PR had made a pledge to “defend the Federal Constitution, Islam as the religion of the Federation while other religions can be practiced peacefully anywhere in the country…”

Reiterating that the two matters were not part of the PR framework, Lim said “any policy change would need the agreement of all three component parties and there is no such consensus in Pakatan Rakyat on hudud laws and Islamic state.”

The Ipoh Timur MP then pointed out that the idea of an Islamic state was supported and advocated by the three most recent prime ministers — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Lim claimed that this contradicted the positions of the first three prime ministers — Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Abdul Razak and Tun Hussein Onn — who considered Malaysia a secular nation and not an Islamic state.

“It is the leaderships of the  MCA, Gerakan, MIC, SUPP and the other Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties who were ever-ready to give unquestioned support to the declarations by the last three prime ministers, beginning with Mahathir’s ‘929 Declaration’ that Malaysia is an Islamic state on September 29, 2001, who should be repudiating their past positions instead of trying to pull the wool over the people’s eyes,” added Lim.

Renewed talks regarding the implementation of hudud laws and an Islamic state started when DAP national chairman Karpal Singh stated that he was firmly opposed to such laws being implemented should PR take over the federal government.

Karpal had argued that such laws were “unconstitutional” and that everyone had to respect the constitution.

PAS spiritual advisor Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat claimed that Karpal was the only DAP leader raising the issue, adding that other leaders were silent on the matter.

Nik Aziz said that Karpal’s views did not represent the views of DAP.

In the 1999 general election, the DAP together with PAS and PKR formed the Barisan Alternatif coalition, which collapsed after two years when DAP quit due to PAS’ objective of forming an Islamic state.

The unprecedented co-operation between DAP and PAS then resulted in the defeat of DAP’s strongmen Lim Kit Siang and Karpal Singh in Penang due to non-Muslim voters’ fear of the Islamic party.

I expect more than free wifi, RM1000 and saman ekor cancellation!

August 13th, 2010
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What kind of promises are these? Call this election promise kah? Come on la, be more creative and come out with something useful. RM1000 for 12 months, is less than RM100 per month. By the time you come into power, I doubt the money will have any useful value.  If RM5,000 per person, then its more reasonable.

Free wifi or wireless broadband? Its possible or not to cover all the remote areas first? And please state the minimum speed so that not putar belit like our current providers. I expect 20MB all over Malaysia within the next 3 years.

And cancelling saman ekor? I’m sure there are better options like installing more CCTVs along highways and/or review of highway speed along with cancellation of such summons.

I fail to see how this can directly impact the economy or social standard of the community.  There’s so many other promises we can expect: review of laws, equal footing for schools, revamp of civil service, upgrading of transportation, removal of equity requirements, removal of monopolies in trade and business licenses, housing for poor and middle income families, improvement of education system, etc.

I expect much more than free wifi, RM1000 for senior citizens and abolishment of postal summons (saman ekor)!

The DAP has embarked on what appears to be a quest to boost its popularity ahead of the coming 13th general election, with three promises to the people should the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) capture Putrajaya.

The promises are — to abolish the saman ekor (postal summons) system, to provide annual payments of RM1,000 to each senior citizen aged above 60 and to provide free wi-fi or wireless broadband throughout Malaysia.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said that the party’s central executive committee had agreed yesterday to issue a blanket directive to all party leaders to work on publicising these three promises during all political functions.

“These are the three policy initiatives that will bring benefit to the people that we are confident will be carried out by the PR should we win Putrajaya.

“We do not just want to harp on the corrupt practices of the Barisan Nasional but we also want to talk about what we can do for the people,” he told a press conference at the party headquarters here.

Lim noted that the practice of blacklisting owners of vehicles was not only unfair but should also be declared illegal by the courts for it was in contrary to the principles of natural justice.

“We also want to provide this annual payments of RM1,000 to senior citizens as a sign of appreciation for their past contributions to the country,” he said.

He noted that the policy would merely cost the government RM2.1 billion annually.

“What is RM2.1 billion when the country squanders RM28 billion annually to corruption,” he pointed out.

The Penang chief minister also cited an article from the global weekly magazine The Economist, pointing out that even the internationally renowned magazine was agreeable to the concept of providing money for the poor.

“This is a number one capitalist economic magazine who does not believe in giving money. But it is true that if you help those in need, there is a multiplier effect. People will spend the money and this will in turn help to generate and liven up the economy,” he said.

Lim pointed out that such a policy was also implemented in Thailand.

“In Thailand, they believe that it is the responsibility of the government to give people money when they need it. They believe that if the government does not adhere to this, they should change the government,” he said.

On the third promise to provide free wi-fi to throughout the country, Lim noted that the country needed to change with the moving times.

“We must innovate and only when you do that, you are racing to the top. If not, you are racing to the bottom,” he said.

The DAP leader denied that the three promises were merely populist measures or a form of vote-buying.

“What vote-buying? We are not even having an election now. Why is it wrong to give money to the people? To the BN, giving money to themselves is not wrong but giving money to the people is,” he claimed.

He noted that Malaysia was behind for it does not adopt international practices such as attempting to empower the poor and the elderly.

Lim also claimed that the DAP’s policy suggestions had been accepted by all PR parties and would duly be implemented should the fledgling coalition wrest Putrajaya from the BN in the coming general election.

“I have spoken to the other parties and it is not a problem. In any case, it is not about objecting, only on how to implement these policies,” he said, adding that he had also spoken with PR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Lim also said that the DAP, in introducing such promises, was showing its strong denial that it was anti-Malay and a communist party.

Flying Sikh dumps DAP

June 15th, 2010
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Well, would you believe it! The Sikhs in DAP would be incensed after Malim Nawar (my mother’s hometown actually) assemblyman Keshvinder Singh (a lawyer too) quit from DAP to be independent (i.e. BN friendly and firm supporter of PM Najib, Menteri Besar Zambry, and 1Malaysia). I believe Keshvinder is also the first Indian rep to quit DAP and be independent. Well done!

And for what purpose? For the “kebaikan of the rakyat” of course 🙂

According to him:

He also said he was leaving because he was “very disappointed” with the DAP and Pakatan Rakyat leadership and the “excessive politicking” that got in the way of him carrying out his duties.

“I found it very hard to work with the Pakatan Rakyat people to serve my constituents,” he said, adding that he could not get any allocation for his constituents.

“I now realise that only Barisan can bring progress and prosperity to the people. I hope this decision will help me serve my constituents better,” he said at a press conference at a hotel here Tuesday.

“I will be going to my constituency soon to explain my decision,” he said, adding that he gave his resignation letter to DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng earlier Tuesday.

In Malaysiakini, the following is mentioned:

Keshvinder said he chose to defect now instead of February last year – along with Hee Yit Foong (Jelapang), Mohd Osman Jailu(Changkat Jering) and Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi (Behrang) – because he didn’t know how serious the problems were at his constituency then. 

“When I started doing work there (after February 2009) I found that there are severe poverty issues that really need to be solved,” he said.

Keshvinder said he hoped the BN state government will provide financial aid so that he can serve his constituents. 

“The state and national DAP did not assist me in helping the people. I couldn’t do anything for my constituents as an opposition state assemblyperson,” he said, adding that he had been using his own funds thus far.

Good for him, until we find out (or remember) that he was one of the people who claimed there were offers to buy him over last time:

On Feb 5 last year, five Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen, including Keshwinder, had claimed they had been approached by agents to cross over to Barisan Nasional.

Keshwinder had said then that he had been offered RM10mil plus the position of the Perak MIC chief and a place on the state executive council.

So, which is which?

If really for “kebaikan rakyat”, why not just resign and force a by-election? We can literally see money falling down from sky (or podium) whenever there’s by-election. The people can get new school, new road, new surau, new temple, new bridges, etc. Maybe the voters in Malim Nawar should think about this. The amount of goodies they could get from by-election should last them till the next general election.

I’m curious too, in case the PR wins GE13 and Perak state, would he realign himself to be PR-friendly (assuming he stands under BN banner then)?

Terminating tender without reason clause

March 1st, 2010
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While it may be seen as something which is common or acceptable, the clause (number nine) in PDC’s tender application forms which says contract can be terminated at any time without any reason given upon the order of the Chief Minister or PDC chairman is not appropriate for the CAT policy of the Penang state government. You must walk your talk. At least the reason must be provided, and the contractor must have an avenue to appeal or state his case. Then only fair, right?

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has come under fire for having the power to terminate any contract awarded by the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) at any time without giving any reason.

Umno Youth information chief Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said the insertion of this clause in the PDC’s tender application forms recently was a “psychological threat” to contractors bidding for projects.

He said clause nine in PDC’s Tender Form A stated that contractors could have their contracts terminated at any time without any reason given upon the order of the Chief Minister or PDC chairman.

“How could anyone have the absolute power to overrule the decision made by the state Tender Board?

“This move is not in line with the Treasury’s tender procedures as observed by the Federal Gove rnment,” he told reporters at the Kepala Batas parliamentary-level Juara Rakyat programme launch in Dewan Bakar Kapor here yesterday.

Lim is PDC chairman as well as chairman of the state Tender Board.

Reezal said four contractors had highlighted the problem to him last week.

He said Lim should explain the reasons for introducing the clause and not brush it aside.

Earlier, state opposition leader Datuk Azhar Ibrahim, lashed out at Lim, saying that he hardly showed his face in Kepala Batas but expected the people to continue supporting him like he was their saviour.

When contacted, Penang Malay Contractors Association chairman Datuk Mohamed Fadzill Hassan said he has not received any complaint from his 500-odd members about the clause.

I don’t know anything about this. If there is indeed such a clause, it is not fair because Lim cannot terminate contracts just like that without giving reasons.

“Where is the transparency? The affected party can take him to court,” he said.