Wednesday, March 12, 2008

DAP To Boycott Perak MB Swearing-In Ceremony.

PAS’ Mohamad Nizar Jamaludin has been confirmed as the Menteri Besar of Perak. As was reported earlier three names were submitted to Istana Kinta for consideration by the Sultan of Perak, for the post of the new menteri besar. They were Perak PAS secretary Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, state PKR treasurer Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi and state DAP chairman Ngeh Koo Ham.

It was this very person, the state DAP chairman Ngeh Koo Ham who said that the three parties would accept any candidate chosen by the Sultan of Perak.

On the state law which stipulated that the menteri besar should be a Malay who is Muslim, Ngeh said there was a clause which stated that it was the prerogative of the Sultan of Perak. He also added that whoever was chosen menteri besar would be a leader of all races in the state, and the three parties shared the same policy in abhoring a racist policy.

"We appeal to our supporters and the people not to fall prey to certain quarters who incite racial sentiments. This is a golden opportunity for the people of Perak to unite, irrespective of race," the state DAP chairman further added.

He said the opposition government would ensure that decisions would be made on collective and consultation basis.

After that very laudable stance taken by Mr Ngeh, it looks like the grand old man of DAP and Malaysian politics, Mr Lim Kit Siang has insinuated himself into the picture with an announcement of a boycott of the swearing-in ceremony for the Perak Mentri Besar scheduled for tomorrow.

I don't know what prompted the DAP decision to withdraw from the swearing-in ceremony tomorrow. But it seems logical for one to question Kit Siang's rationale for such an unwise move, especially since the party has already publicly stated that it will accept whatever decision made by His Royal Highness.

At a time when the BN vultures are just waiting for an opportunity to trip the Barisan Rakyat, this move by the DAP amounts to giving them ammunition on a silver platter. Lim Kit Siang seems to be acting like a typical opposition politician, a role which he undoubtedly is most familiar with. It is hoped that on this one occasion at least, wiser counsel will prevail and the DAP doyen's objections would be disregarded.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again the question of race and unfairness. If PAS got 18 seats and DAP 6, and the CM post is given to PAS, would PAS keep quiet about the unfair choice?? At the end of the day, Malays are supreme beings again and other races just have to grin and bear it??

10:22 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correction: " CM post given to DAP"

10:23 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

perak state constitution says that the mb must be a muslim malay. so technically the mb must be from pkr or pas. however, the sultan has the power to waive this requirement but he did not.

pls note dap has the majority seat in perak, not pas. dap did not even has an exco in kedah.

bn won outstandingly in 2004 bcos of pas arrogance in 1999. sudah lupa?

i think lks did the right thing.

10:24 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous LC_Teh said...

I've voted in many elections. This is the first time I voted for the opposition because I'm among those who will not take anymore racial or religious politics. What's this happening just after we've gone through a great show of wanting change? Is this another farce? Are we doomed to more years of BN after this? I was happy seeing for the first time Malaysians casting their votes cutting across racial divides. Reading about what the DAP is going to do and the implications of what follows just breaks my heart! Will our tears of joy and pride turn into tears of sorrow?

10:33 PM GMT+8  
Blogger kittykat46 said...

I don't have a good feeling about how this will end...another BN government.

Uncle Lim has not shed his opposition mentality yet.

DAP must start to learn the art of government...very fast...

10:57 PM GMT+8  
Blogger sakuragi said...

Uncle Lim, the reason you (the coalition) have so much support from us is because you made us (the people) know that you hear our concerns and are fighting for our rights.

Hear us NOW!
Read all these responses in your blog and others!

I'm also a chinese in Perak, and although I'm not really comfortable with a PAS MB, I think this boycott does more harm than benefit to the DAP and the coalition as a whole.
If race-based politics is to be thrown out the window, then DAP should not oppose so strongly to a malay MP also.

Please hear us, please!

11:05 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Copy and paste from LKS Blog:-

Speech By New Penang Chief Minister, Bagan MP and State Assemblyman for Air Puteh And DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Komtar Building Upon His Swearing-In On 11.3.2008

"Three days ago, the people of Penang voted for change by giving DAP and PKR a clear mandate of a two-thirds majority to form a coalition government. Today, we present you the Agenda for Change – from this Government of the rakyat."

Funny ..he did state "PAS"

What the hell is happening??

11:22 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous BrightEyes said...

RPK has warned earlier today that the BN is trying to sabotage the new state governments; by either paying them to cross over, or sabotage the new coalition. Either way, its gonna involve lots of money, in the millions.

I'm starting to wonder how much they paid Kit Siang?

12:07 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lim kit siang is no longer relevant!

why was BN not being offered a chance to form the Govt in Perak. After all BN (a registered party) won 28 seats. if after failing to form the govt only then the offer goes to the party with the next most number of seats.

and who is lim kit siang to protest when dap won only 18 seats. combine with pkr - 25 still no fight with BN.

so shaddap lim kit siang.

we will never vote for DAP again. period.

1:07 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LKS must realise that Perak has a Malay Sultan. He should apologise profusely to both Perak Royalty and to Malaysians. Malaysian Malaysia remember.

6:54 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A wise and fair sultan would consider the fact tt DAP won 18 seats, PAS 6 and act irregardless of race or religion especially in these times where the country is moving out of its dark ages. And also remember that of the 5 runaway states, 3 have PAS people as CM even tho PAS won the least number of seats. So what REALLY is happening here?

I fully support LKS' firm stand. We don't need another wimp like those in MCA.

9:43 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What this decision'll do is people who voted DAP will not vote DAP next election because what's the point when there's no say by the party they voted for? And then after 4 years of PAS, nobody will vote PAS because of their religious stand (remember, they only got 6 seats so the majority of those who didn't vote for PAS suddenly have a PAS government!), so guess who they'll vote next time. Exactly. BN.

9:58 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LKS site is down again. Probably too many people want to tell him off. He is such an idiot. We waited for 50 years for this day and he is going to screw it all up. LKS, we can vote you out too! The power given to you gotten to your head already???

10:43 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People , be very careful, I am sure a lot of BN's crooks will be posting comments to incite more disunity amongst Barisan Rakyat component parties.

9:59 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think its not fair to criticise LKS like that, he is trying to do the non-malay Perakians a favour. From what i see in the news about Ong Ka Chuan kept on accusing DAP cheated voters in Perak by allowing PAS becomes MB, LKS must have thought that the non-malay voters are unhappy and afraid of PAS MB. So to make the voters happy(as he thought so), he opposed to PAS being MB.

It was commonly misunderstood by Malays that he is discriminating malay's Ketuanan or favouring the chinese or being racist by opposing, but it is clear that he wasnt, as he agreed to the appointment of a malay PKR to be MB, just not PAS. I believe the crowd that protest outside of the palace is made by started by UMNO to make the problem look worse.

After he made the boycott order, he got lots of feedback from Perakians from all races that they are fine with PAS being MB, so he apologised and took back his words. So i believe this is a misunderstanding by LKS due to the accusation by MCA Ong Ka Chuan about what the Perakians wants.

8:37 AM GMT+8  

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