GE 13: DAP’s Early Irreplaceable Loss?

Gosh, I hope DAP have not scored their own goal…

(I am not sure which one is more damaging – a senior politician resigning from the party due to opnion difference or a group of old ex-soldiers doing a butt “exercise” in front of Ambiga’s house. Image source: NST)

Read this:-

PETALING JAYA: Senator Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim has announced his resignation from the DAP, citing “irreconcilable differences” with the party leadership. His resignation comes days after his criticism of the recent Bersih 3.0 rally and the announcement that his senatorship, which ends on May 31, would not be renewed.

During an interview aired on NTV7 last night, the party vice-chairman said he would advise the DAP of his resignation “within the next few minutes”.

“I think the time has come for me to take a hard, very serious look at my own position within the party. Given the very wide differences now, which are irreconcilable, there is no alternative but for me to seek to withdraw, with some dignity left. “I will therefore resign my membership from DAP and I will be advising the party within the next few minutes,” he said.

A man of strong principles, Tunku Aziz is among the few Malays who joined the Chinese-dominated party and was immediately made a DAP vice-chairman. In 2009, he was nominated as a senator for Penang.

Tunku Aziz said he had already been warned by friends and colleagues to be prepared to be sacked.

(Source)

From the start, I have been very supportive of the opposition in this country for a simple reason – without them, you can kiss goodbye to rule of law, enforcement of human-rights, abolishment of double standard and better governance in this country. You know how things went before 2008 when arrogance and abuse of power & trust ruled the day. And since 2008 (thanks to BERSIH 1.0 and Hindraf rallies coupled with the general feeling of frustration even at BN level) the opposition got just a bit stronger with the capture of 2 important states (at one point we had 3) and denying BN the two-third in Parliament and things have improved somehow. It is not perfect though – there are still areas where both BN and PR need to work especially on national unity and governance.

But still, you get this strong feeling that despite capturing 2 states and making a stronger impact in the Parliament, the opposition has not matured enough to handle valid criticisms and dissenting voices within the party tactfully. Yes, there is dissenting voices within the opposition parties especially within PKR in the past – not all made in the best interest of the people but when it is, they either do it openly in the public – throwing mud at each other at the expense of the party image, ideal principles and the public trusts or they simply indirectly force the other resign or to keep their mouth shut. It seems to have affected DAP as well now

Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim was one of the few politicians who had the right charisma and conviction on what need to be done right in this country (the other is Tengku Razaleigh) – after all, he was one of the founders of Transparency International-Malaysia (an NGO that monitors and publicizes corporate and political corruption). And just because he did not agree on breaking the law to have street protests which did not go along with the hard-cores in the party, he was heckled and abused to the extent of he gracefully resign from the political party.

Perhaps the cause for resignation could have been due to some other reasons which is not made known to all (some are saying that DAP forced the resignation, others are saying that Tunku decided to resign on his own free will) but still, the resignation of a respectable politician from DAP could not have come at the worst time for the DAP and the opposition even if DAP is not in the wrong.

It is apparent now that DAP is doing a serious damage control whilst the pro-BN bloggers and media is having a field day (a massive one with some even bordering stupidity) painting DAP as just another Chinese chauvinist party or a party who dislikes dissenting voices (with the elections just around the corner, who wouldn’t?).

It’s good that Lim Guan Eng was quick to make the statement that DAP still needs Tunku but they not only need to only show that they are sincere in calling Tunku to reconsider his resignation but also that they are matured even to accept and consider valid dissenting views positively (valid and not the usual stupid ones like this). This is necessary if they want to show that it is truly a multi culture, multi race political party. This could be easier said than done for DAP considering now Tunku is unlikely to heed Lim Guan Eng’s appeal to reconsider his resignation – not when he had said this:-

Tunku Aziz Tunku Ibrahim has openly attacked Lim Guan Eng, saying he does not trust the DAP secretary-general and ending any hopes of bringing the former party vice-chairman back into the fold after his resignation on Monday. Tunku Aziz, who was the party’s most senior Malay leader, said Guan Eng “had no sense of decency and was biadap (uncouth).”

“Kit Siang and I are old friends. I trust him but his son (Guan Eng) is a different kettle of fish,” he told The Star in an interview published today, referring to DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang.

(Source)

Strong words indeed from the ex-DAP man (very damaging to PR and another bullet for BN to shoot on PR’s creditability). What is done is done and it is good that Lim Guan Eng decided not to retaliate these strong words – there is no point trying to pacify those have decided to resign and moved on but continued the personal attacks on the leaders and the party. The same shit happens in BN too (still remember Dr M’s attack on Pak Lah?) and expect more with elections around the corner.

And considering the whole country is readying for the next general elections and when BN is determined to win back the key lost states of Penang and Selangor and have recently gained substantial grounds, it is hoped that the opposition treads more carefully when it comes to address political issues in and out of the party. Calling Lim Guan Eng biadap may have cause some dents on DAP’s stronghold in Penang.

It is not as bad as some dumb “ex-soldiers” doing a butt exercise but still a bad publicity is the last thing we need now. I just hope that the party have learned their lessons and act wiser next time – Tunku has decided to resign and nothing much DAP can do about it – it’s time for them to move on and focus on more important things.

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3 thoughts on “GE 13: DAP’s Early Irreplaceable Loss?

  1. Protest was crude and rude: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/5/17/focus/11304806&sec=focus

    Conduct unbecoming army veterans — Capt Rtd Hussaini Abdul Karim May 16 2012 MAY 16 —

    I wish to refer to the report “Group performs ‘butt exercises’ in front of Ambiga’s home” that appeared in The Star Nation today as written by Yuen Meikeng As a former army officer I feel grossly ashamed by the antics of those who have conducted themselves unbecomingly by performing “butt exercises” in front of Bersih co-chairman Datuk S Ambiga’s house in Bukit Damansara yesterday May 15 2012.

    What they did was not just ‘crude’ it was very rude They held the bizarre and ‘very low-class’ protest in retaliation for her organising the Bersih 3 0 rally on April 28 which they claimed had given the country a bad name It was reported that in the incident yesterday morning about 15 ex-servicemen were seen stretching and shaking their buttocks in front of her house.

    As an officer like all officers of the Malaysian Armed Forces from the Army Navy and the Air Force we were trained as officers as well as gentlemen and we were and are still expected to conduct ourselves in an exemplary manner at all times even after we have retired or have left the service. However the group of army veterans led by the Malay Armed Forces Veterans Association president Mohd Ali Baharom who held the protest I believe is from the ‘non-officers rank’ and while not expected it is not surprising that they behaved in such a way.

    Do they think that their approach would gain them supporters admirers or bouquets? No I definitely don’t think so.

    Many soldiers who are not officers are troubled with a stigma that we term as ‘other rank mentality’ which make them unable to apply or use rationale in many instances and one of our duties as officers during our active service was to correct them whenever they misbehaved either individually or as a group but nevertheless while some are able to shake off that stigma after being corrected many are still stuck with it even after the leave If such a thing were to happen while I was still in service and if I were the officer-in-charge or for that matter any officer who was in charge at the time we would have disciplined all of them and we would have put all of them through a rehabilitation programme but since they are all now veterans they do not have any ‘officers’ to correct them anymore.

    This syndrome that we call, ‘other rank mentality’ or ‘other rank attitude’, may be compared to ‘inferiority complex’ but it is slightly worse.

    There are many acceptable ways to conduct a protest and to do so in a civil manner and one of which is to use the courts The other ways may be to hold a dialogue or send a protest letter I wish to categorically place the action of that group as not representative of the Corp of Army Veterans officers or other ranks regardless and that we detest their action.

    Link: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/sideviews/article/conduct-unbecoming-army-veterans-capt.-rtd.-hussaini-abdul-karim/

    There are other appropriate ways to protests: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=%2F2012%2F5%2F18%2Ffocus%2F11312355&sec=focus

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