Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Advice to DAP: "You Need a GAME-PLAN when in Government"

Read here article by Chow Kum Hor in The Straits Times


"The DAP had NO GAME PLAN in Perak.

It's like the United States succeeded in conquering Iraq, but they do not know how to run the country after that."

-Wong Chin Huat

"The DAP has been in the Opposition all this while. It's a LEARNING process...."
- DAP State Assemblyman Ng Wei Aik

We say,

"DAP Leaders in Government should constantly remind themselves :

- That BN was humiliated by voters for their ARROGANCE;

- To keep LISTENING ALL the time the Heartbeat and Voices of ALL Malaysians, that means Malays and Indians and others, NOT just the Chinese;

- To be more circumspect when making press statements. Because the Mainstream Media are owned/or dictated by political parties in Barisan Nasional;

- Make full use of Malaysian bloggers as your sounding-board. You may not have to agree with all of them.

- You need to be a FAST LEARNER. For time is against you. "
-Malaysian Unplug

Excerpts: Read here for more

"...BARELY a week in power, the Democratic Action Party has already made some embarrassing blunders in what analysts say are signs that the party is struggling to adjust from being in the opposition to being the government.

The DAP's inexperience was revealed in errors of judgment it has made - some pretty much from Day One of its government in Penang, which it had captured along with coalition partner Parti Keadilan Rakyat.

  1. The DAP's new Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng started a stir when he said the party would ditch the New Economic Policy. According to political analyst Khoo Kay Peng:
    "His first day in office and Guan Eng already made such a remark. Guan Eng should have calmed down Malay concerns about his government.

    He should have known that this is an issue that Umno would have easily exploited.

    Guan Eng should learn how to adjust from being in the Opposition to being the Chief Minister now."
  2. The DAP was also criticised for having only two Malays in the 10-member Penang Executive Council - in a state where Malays make up 41 per cent of the population, Chinese 43 per cent and Indians 8 per cent. In the previous Barisan Nasional administration, there were four Malays.

    Newly-elected DAP Komtar assemblyman Ng Wei Aik explained that the opposition coalition in Penang had little choice. He said,
    "There were only three Malay assemblymen from PKR, two of whom were already in the state Executive Council.

    The party didn't want to nominate all its Malay assemblymen into the Exco, so there were only so many the party could choose from."

  3. Another boo-boo came from DAP strongman Lim Kit Siang. Unhappy about a PAS candidate being appointed as Perak's Menteri Besar, he directed DAP's 18 assemblymen there to boycott the swearing-in ceremony. He withdrew the directive hours later and apologised to the Perak Sultan and the Regent.

    National University of Malaysia's political analyst Wong Chin Huat attributed the senior Mr Lim's outburst to DAP's lack of experience in running a government. According to Wong Chin Huat:
    "The DAP had no game plan in Perak. It's like the United States succeeded in conquering Iraq, but they do not know how to run the country after that."
New Penang DAP MP Liew Chin Tong admitted that the party was going through some teething problems. "Some of the problems we faced in the past few days were unintended... the hiccup in Perak did not help the DAP," he said.

"The DAP has been in the opposition all this while. It's a learning process and we expect such problems to end soon," DAP Komtar assemblyman Ng Wei Aik said .

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