".. ..In the recent 2008 general election campaign, the DAP ceramahs were practically flooded with PAS flags and T-shirts.
Motorcycle convoys with riders wearing PAS T-shirts and carrying PAS flags escorted the DAP candidates as they made their rounds to meet the voters and to speak at the ceramahs.
Kit Siang wants PAS to stand up on a soapbox and openly declare that it is abandoning Islam.
Would Kit Siang also want PAS to abandon the 'Islam' word in its party name and change the name to Parti Melayu or Parti Malaysia or something like that (because that would be what it would tantamount to)?
DAP's 28 Parliament seats a new record for the party, (and) won enough seats to form the state government in Penang. And this was achieved (requiring) MALAY and INDIAN votes.
Now that DAP has won the votes, DAP does NOT want to have anything to do with PAS.
Hello....brother....it does not work that way !
DAP would get nowhere as an anti-Islam Chinese party. Even Chinese themselves do not want and will not support an anti-Islam Chinese party.
Most Chinese are intelligent enough to know that DAP will not get anywhere as an anti-Islam Chinese party.
-Raja Petra Kamarudin
Raja Petra Kamarudin
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The Basic Problem with Kit Siang
Lim Kit Siang is a passionate person. That is not crime I suppose because I too am a passionate person.
While Kit Siang and I share the same thing in common, we are both passionate, I would like to believe that my passion is positive while I am yet to decide how to categorise the Grand Old Man of DAP's passion.
Kit Siang is a 'non-executive' CHAIRMAN of DAP. Is it not the Secretary-General who has executive powers instead of the Chairman?
WHY then is Kit Siang making all these damaging statements , when in the first place he should NOT be the one making them?
When (Kit Siang) was the Secretary-General, he was the one running the party while Chen Man Hin, the Chairman, sat quietly in the background and did not ruffle anyone's feathers.
Now that Kit Siang is the Chairman, he should also sit quietly in the background and allow the Secretary-General (ie Lim Guan Eng) to run the party like how he did before this when he was the Secretary-General.
Kit Siang is not DAP and DAP is not Kit Siang. Apparently, this important fact seems to escape him.
Lim Kit Siang said Barisan Rakyat does NOT exist. Hello....brother.....it DOES exist lah.
Barisan Rakyat is the PEOPLE'S front or people's MOVEMENT. This is the people's power or makkal sakhti that we screamed at every ceramah for two weeks leading to the 8 March 2008 general election.
Barisan Rakyat is NOT Barisan Alternatif lah. Barisan Alternatif is a two-party coalition comprising of PAS and PKR, which DAP was also once a member of.
BARISAN RAKYAT however, is the PEOPLE'S FRONT . It is a MOVEMENT of people who support all those six political parties which endorsed THE PEOPLE'S VOICE and THE PEOPLE'S DECLARATION just before the recent general election.
Barisan Alternatif, the two-party coalition (plus DAP of course) did not win the recent general election. The recent general election was won by Barisan Rakyat, the people's movement, a coalition of all races.
Let me tell you, my dear Kit, that Barisan Rakyat not only does exist but is also a very potent force. Barisan Rakyat will decide who gets to form the government.
And Barisan Rakyat can also kick you OUT and change the government if you do NOT perform or you MISBEHAVE.
And, today, Barisan Rakyat has given YOU (and DAP) a YELLOW card.
Don't force Barisan Rakyat to give you a RED card the next time around.
DAP and Kit Siang's Psychological Problems with PAS
From where I am sitting, Kit Siang is passionately opposed to Islam and this does NOT bode well for DAP at all.
For more than four years now PAS has never touted the Islamic State issue. For all intents and purposes, PAS has practically dropped the Islamic State issue, though they did so silently and gave the issue the decent burial it deserves.
Apparently this is still not good enough for Kit Siang.
He wants PAS to stand up on a soapbox and openly declare that it is abandoning Islam. Would Kit Siang also want PAS to abandon the 'Islam' word in its party name and change the name to Parti Melayu or Parti Malaysia or something like that (because that would be what it would tantamount to)?
Kit Siang Conveniently Forgot PAS's Support for DAP Candidates
In the recent 2008 general election campaign, the DAP ceramahs were practically flooded with PAS flags and T-shirts.
Motorcycle convoys with riders wearing PAS T-shirts and carrying PAS flags escorted the DAP candidates as they made their rounds to meet the voters and to speak at the ceramahs.
Why did DAP not chase away these (PAS) people?
Some of them were Malays from PAS while many were Indians from Hindraf.
Yes, Indians from Hindraf were wearing PAS T-shirts and carrying PAS flags at these DAP events. But NO ONE chided these people or demanded that the 'offensive' PAS paraphernalia openly displayed by PAS and Hindraf activists be removed from sight.
When DAP wants to win votes it does NOT mind the presence of PAS members or their T-shirts and flags.
Now that it has won the votes, DAP does NOT want to have anything to do with PAS.
Hello....brother....it does NOT work that way.
You won with the help of PAS members. So now you have to live with them as partners for at least until the next election.
Then, in the next election, maybe PAS and DAP can engage in three-corner fights and we shall see who wins the most number of seats.
In both the 1999 and 2004 general elections, DAP could only win 10 seats in Parliament and did not have enough state seats to form the government. Now, not only is DAP's 28 Parliament seats a new record for the party, but it even won enough seats to form the state government in Penang.
And this was achieved not just on anti-Islam Chinese votes alone. It required Malay and Indian votes as well to achieve this.
DAP would get nowhere as an anti-Islam Chinese party. Even Chinese themselves do not want and will not support an anti-Islam Chinese party. Most Chinese are intelligent enough to know that DAP will not get anywhere as an anti-Islam Chinese party. So why this passionate anti-Islam stand?
DAP's Internal Squabble in Selangor
Supporters of Teng Chang Khim, Teresa Kok and Ronnie Liu are locked in battle.
Each has their clique that wants to see their candidate installed as the Deputy Menteri Besar of Selangor. But there is no Deputy Menteri Besar post and His Highness the Sultan of Selangor will not appoint one.
Yesterday, Teng's supporters held a demonstration to demand that their man gets appointed as the Deputy Menteri Besar. In spite of the announcement that there shall not be any Deputy Menteri Besar, today, they plan to hold another demonstration.
Can we please remember this name (TENG CHANG KHIM) and come next election we send him to where Zakaria Deros now resides?
Kit Siang's Meanness in the Perak MB Issue
Three names were submitted to His Highness the Sultan of Perak. As they could not agree as to who of the three should be the new Menteri Besar of Perak, they left it to Tuanku in his wisdom to decide who should be the Menteri Besar. Tuanku looked at the State Constitution and Tuanku looked at the candidates.
PKR said their candidate is the least qualified of the three and it has no objections to one of the other two from PAS or DAP being selected. PKR does not want to insist on its candidate just for the sake that the Menteri Besar is a PKR man.
The Loose Cannon in PAS Making the Perak MB Issue Worse
Before Tuanku could decide, (PAS's) Ahmad Awang jumped the gun and announced that the Menteri Besar will be from PAS. Even the PAS President was caught by surprise. But the damage had been done so all he could do was hold his tongue.
PKR knows that PAS Perak has a mind of its own and is practically uncontrollable.
The PAS party structure is such that each state is independent, practically autonomous, unlike Umno where the President rules with an iron fist like the true dictator that he is.
So PAS Perak jumped the gun. The PAS central leadership bit their lips and allowed the 'transgression' to pass.
PKR too, in the spirit of comradeship, decided to say nothing lest it upset the delicate partnership that was in the midst of being formed and had yet to take off.
But DAP decided to oppose it and to boycott the swearing in of the new government, giving the impression it was still anti-Islam in spite of the strong presence of PAS in DAP's recent election campaign and in spite of the large number of Malay votes it garnered to be able to do as well as it did.
PAS, too, has not been too honest about what happened in Perak.
It realises that DAP would not be too comfortable with a PAS Menteri Besar so it stole the thunder and hoped that the 'early announcement' would 'lock' DAP and PKR and leave them no more room for negotiations. PKR was quite happy to not negotiate the issue anyway so the 'hijacking' was totally unnecessary.
It just made matters worse when the end result was a hopping mad DAP that would rather see Perak fall back to Barisan Nasional than a PAS Menteri Besar taking charge of the state.
Selangor PAS' s Treachery with UMNO's Khir Toyo
In Selangor, Hassan Ali engaged in secret negotiations with Khir Toyo to explore the possibility of PAS forming an alliance with Umno to jointly rule the state.
This alliance would of course exclude PKR and DAP who were going to be Menteri Besar and Deputy Menteri Besar respectively. The delay in forming the state government due to the disagreements and the DAP infighting about who should be the Deputy Menteri Besar meant that this would give Hassan and Khir time to come to an agreement.
But they could not come to an agreement because both Hassan and Khir wanted to be Menteri Besar and none would back down in favour of the other.
This is treason of the highest degree and Hassan Ali should be tied to a tree and shot. I would do that myself if not for the fact that I would like to live a couple of years longer instead of being hanged by the neck until I die before the year is out.
PKR Cannot Be Trusted
The market perception is that PKR can't be trusted. The common belief is that the people in PKR can be bought. In fact, Azalina did buy off one PKR candidate for RM1 million so that she could win the election uncontested.
And in other parts of Malaysia a couple of other PKR candidates were bought off as well, the going price being RM1 million per head.
But it appears like PAS and DAP are bigger slime-balls than PKR. At least PKR did not try to sabotage the forming of the Kelantan, Kedah, Penang, Perak and Selangor state governments.
YELLOW Card for Opposition Parties
The opposition parties have disappointed more than 50% of Peninsular Malaysia voters who gave them five states and helped deny Barisan Nasional its two-thirds majority in Parliament.
Consider this YOUR YELLOW CARD.
If you are not careful, Barisan Nasional can call for an election on 8 March 2011, the earliest legally allowed, and the voters will give the opposition its red card.
Then the opposition can be sent back to where it came from, a dog barking at a hill (anjing salak bukit). Maybe that is all the opposition is good for.
Maybe all the opposition is capable of doing is to bark at the hill while Barisan Nasional just laughs at them and asks them to go back to China or India or wherever it is that they came from.
PAS Helped DAP's Ngeh Khoo Ham Win His Election in Perak.
" ...I follow very closely (the) general election in Perak partly because I was born in Perak.
I know that PAS is the one that really help Ngeh Khoo Ham /DAP to win the heart of Malays in Perak instead of PKR.
Ngeh did not really get much support from the Chinese community in Perak nor from PKR in his election campaign.
PKR is actually quite weak in Perak. PAS is the one that invite & even bring/fetch Ngeh go deeply to Malay kampong to give ceramah.
I understand Kit Siang(LKS) move. A lot of Malaysian still think that PAS are too crazy about their religion. Therefore DAP prefer to help PKR
grow stronger but not PAS.
A lot of Chinese communities is afraid of Islamic extremist whether it is from BN or PAS.
Remember, PAS stillnever officially announce to drop entirely the forming of Islamic State, they only say that will defer the Islamic State forming until later
I guess the move by LKS is to minimise the negative effect from Chinese community when DAP cooperated with PAS....."
"... I would have respected DAP more if they had stood firm and insisted that one from their 18 state assemblymen be made MB or if they had just outright supported a Malay-Muslim from PKR or PAS.
At least either of the two would be a clear, unequivocal stand of their position, whatever the outcome or consequences.
However DAP dillied and dallied. They didn't want to appear uncompromising to Malays (who were insisting on a Malay-Muslim MB), but they also didn't want to appear compliant (like MCA) in the eyes of the Chinese - who rather get their nipples frozen off than get a religious fanatic from PAS for a MB.
So, DAP gambled... agreeing to a ridiculous stalemate of one MB candidate each from DAP/PKR/PAS and letting HRH the sultan decide. Obviously they banked on HRH doing their dirty work for them. Well the gamble didn't pay off, and a man from PAS will become MB despite the party holding only 6 lousy seats in the state assembly.
Now that the decision in favour of PAS has been made, DAP has lost the Chinese audience. But they still have a chance of salvaging some benefit from all this by endearing themselves somewhat to the Malays, by magnanimously accepting and maybe even embracing the appointment.
But what does LKS do? He spits the dummy and throws a tantrum after the fact, when nasi sudah menjadi bubur. All I can say is... "WHAT THE F**K FOR?"
By boycotting the swearing-in, DAP loses both ways. Firstly, it's too little too late to regain the confidence and trust of the Chinese. And secondly, it reinforces the perception of Malays that DAP is still Chinese chauvinist.
On top of that, you're dissing the sultan and raja muda.
Also, it makes DAP look really childish and petty. You gambled... you lost. Just suck it in and take one on the chin, dammit.
But having said that... I will say this to PAS MB-elect, Mohamad Nizar Jamaludin. If you even breathe the words 'NEP, haram, tutup aurat' when it comes to state policy or take any steps to make my pork noodles, Toto and Guinness Stout less accessible than usual, you'll be bitch slapped so fast that your head will spin. Shit like that is okay in 95% Muslim Kelantan, but not in 47% non-Muslim Perak.
"... The DAP stumbled politically right out of the gate. Clearly, the party is NOT used to governing and is going to go through some teething pains as it adjusts to learning the subtle nuances of being the government in some states.
The DAP's style in opposition has always been that of a bull rampaging in a china shop. And that has probably been necessary, considering the odds it has always faced, and that have allowed it to survive successfully.
But it seems to have instinctively adopted the same approach in its initial days in government, and it has resulted in some embarrassing setbacks.
The state DAP submitted three names on the understanding that whoever the palace chose would be acceptable.
Now that the palace has chosen the sole PAS rep - maybe with a view to create some ripples within the opposition coalition - it is bad form for Lim Kit Siang to have a knee-jerk reaction more suited to being an opposition figure rather than the head of a party that is now part of some state governments.
There is also the little matter of the state constitution, which states that the MB should be a Muslim Malay.
It comes across as hypocritical for DAP to whine about the Perak palace following the state constitution when the DAP itself is part of a coalition whose sole aim in the elections was to deny the national BN a two-thirds majority and the ability to amend the national constitution!
Second, Lim Guan Eng has also shown some political amateurism in his first few days as Penang chief minister. It was silly of him to declare openly that the state government would no longer follow the New Economic Policy, and then to go on and bad-mouth the NEP.
Hello, the policy may be unfair and may have engendered lots of corruption and mal- administration. But the Malays, as a whole, have clearly benefitted from the policy, and to stand up and declare right off the bat that you are going to pull this ‘rug’ from under them is not smart politics.
Why not just not say anything about the NEP? Why not just say we are going to share things more fairly in the future without heightening the anxiety many Malays must be quietly feeling after last Saturday? This is not the time to create a ruckus. For the first year or so, it would be better if the governments formed by the Barisan Rakyat quietly go about finding their feet as governments and make everyone comfortable with having them at the helm.
Tread softly, please. At least until you have gained some experience and the people's confidence.
Is it any surprise that the seasoned player Pak Lah immediately latched onto the stray pass from Guan Eng and scored a quick goal by warning him about ... yes, you guessed it .... eroding Malay rights?
Developments of the last few days also seem to indicate that this marriage of convenience among the PKR, DAP and PAS, forged solely out of anger over the excesses of the BN, is going to face a rocky future.
It's all muhibbah now, but it is difficult to see how the DAP and PAS, who have absolutely nothing in common ideologically, will be able to forge a deeper partnership.
In fact, the glue that held it all together during the run-up to the election was Anwar Ibrahim. One wonders how long he will be willing to continue being the referee between these two parties.
After all, Anwar has his own party to look after.
And let's get real here. Anwar naturally wants to be the nation's undisputed leader, backed by his own party holding a parliamentary majority, not someone who is going to spend the rest of his political life putting out other people's fires.
Meanwhile, could someone please clarify what is the accepted official term for the opposition .... er, Barisan Rakyat .... er, Barisan Altenatif? At least it would make things easier for humble commentators like myself to write clearly about things.
Hey, a standard name could be the first solid cooperative effort following the elections - if the DAP and PAS can agree on it first!