Hee Yit Foong's Hometown folks slam her defection: Read here for more
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Jelapang assemblyman Hee Yit Foong’s resignation from the DAP to become an Independent continues to draw flak from the public. This time it is from her hometown in Kanthan Baru new village near Chemor here.
Over 200 new villagers, when met at the market yesterday, showed their displeasure over her resignation from the DAP by criticising and slamming her openly.
New villager Tan Lim Chua called her a traitor and that her betrayal had tarnished the village’s name. “It is certainly sad and heartbreaking,” said the 60-year-old farmer, adding that it would not be easy for the villagers to forgive her.
State DAP youth executive director Chai Wee Khun said the villagers had wanted to protest at Hee’s parent’s home but decided against it later. “I advised them not to do so as Hee’s family were not involved in the fiasco and should not be disturbed. I believe her family have suffered enough.”
There are many rumours in Ipoh that her family members have suffered public criticism and ridicule. This cannot be independently confirmed as her family members have refused interviews.
Wet market traders for example are reportedly refusing to sell her parents vegetables.
Who Voted at the March 2008 Election
The DAP Defector Who Handed Perak
to a BN-Government of 27 UMNO and 1 MCA
(Hee is the first female and disabled person to take up the role of deputy speaker of a state assembly.)
enough seats to form the Perak state government.
Read here article in Sin Chew Daily
By TAY TIAN YAN, Sin Chew Daily
Hee Yit Foong
Eventually, Cao Cao has taken a cruel act: To betray the world rather than being betrayed. This is one of the characters of Cao Cao, (in the Chinese classic, The Three Kingdoms) which is also the cruelest part of him.
No wonder ancient scholars warned that one should not read the Three Kingdoms at young age to avoid being influenced by the bad guy.
- She has been achieving her goals by hook or by crook, even if she has to harm others. She ranks herself as the top priority.
- To her, she is more important than any other people, value, ethic and integrity. It could be for power, money or simply a revenge.
- She is disloyal and merciless.
- She would rather destroy it if she could not get it. Thus, she destroyed the Perak Pakatan Rakyat state government.
- She could disappoint all but she would not allow anyone to disappoint her.
- She has been asking for a State Exco position from the very beginning. But she is not qualified in terms of educational background and capability. The state government is not a circus and no clown could be the manager.
- However, she was appointed as the deputy speaker, they hoped that this could appease her. But to her, the position is powerless.
- She tried every means making troubles from time to time to attract attention. "It would be fine to be the state assemblyperson at anywhere."
- She did not take her duties as a people's representative seriously. She played the people as fools. When the whole country was looking for her, she said she was sick and her mobile phone was turned off.
- She pretended to be pitiable – "I have joined DAP for over 20 years, it is really hard to leave the party and I have never thought to switch party."
It is a con game. She showed her true self in the end.
- Perhaps, she could really realise her dream of being a state exco. But she achieves it by taking the risk of public contempt.
- She could never wash away her stain unless there are no longer right and wrong, morality and truth in the world.
(Translated by SOONG PHUI JEE)
Rumours of Hee Yit Foong's defection began as early as May 2008.
Andrew Ong wrote on 13 May 2008 in Malaysiakini, headlined "Defection rumours: Jelapang Rep Keeps Them Guessing"
13 May, 2008: Jelapang state assemblyperson Hee Yit Foong from DAP neither confirmed nor denied rumours that she would be defecting to Barisan Nasional.
Hee, who is also deputy speaker of the Perak state assembly, told Malaysiakini that she was aware of the rumours but claimed to be in the dark as to who were behind it and what were their motives.
She said,"I don’t want to be drawn into this discussion, if it is real, the truth will reveal itself in time... Time will tell.Rumours of Hee’s defection has been making the rounds since then but this fizzled out with her appointment as deputy speaker.
Rumours are just rumours. We cannot stop people from making rumours ... I have no time to find out where they come from."
Hee created history on April 26 when she became the first female and disabled person to take up the role of deputy speaker of a state assembly.
Her appointment was however marred with controversy as she had repeatedly told the Chinese dailies of her unhappiness regarding the allocation of state executive councillor (exco) posts in Perak.
Among her contentions was that there were no females in the 10 member exco line-up revealed late March, of which half was made up of first-time state assemblypersons. (Hee had already served two terms before March 2008 election)
About two weeks before her appointment, China Press reported Hee had suggested that Nga Kor Ming, the Perak exco for local government, housing and transportation be made either speaker or deputy speaker due to his legal background and three-term experience in the state assembly.
She said that even a female deputy speaker would not be able to speak up for women’s rights while chairing the state assembly.
Should Hee defect, Barisan and the ruling Pakatan Rakyat would have a razor-thin one seat majority in the state assembly.
Perak DAP chairperson and state senior exco member Ngeh Khoo Ham however denied the rumours and said that it was ‘old news' that was being recycled by the media.
"She is staying put and the question of her defecting doesn't arise. Any dissatisfaction that she has raised in the past has been dealt with," he said when approached at the Parliament lobby today.