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Cool Hand Luke
28-11-2003, 10:46 AM
The following are taken from The Star (28th November 2004)

15 Quit DAP to Keep PAS-Appointed Positions

KUALA TERENGGANU: The DAP was dealt a severe blow when 15 of its members, who hold political posts in the PAS government, opted to resign from the party to continue in the appointments. Among those who resigned was Terengganu DAP chairman Lee Chin Foh, deputy chairman Kek Eng Beng and secretary Ng Chai Hing. Ng, who is also special assistant to Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang on non-Muslim affairs and a municipal councillor, said they had written a resignation letter dated yesterday to the party’s national leadership. Ng, also spokesman of the 15, said they had decided to hold on to the posts in the interest of non-Muslims in the state. “The posts were created for non-Muslims and were not through the DAP,” he said in a 10-paragraph statement yesterday.

The 15 who resigned hold a total of 18 posts, of which five are local councillors and the remaining are members of the People’s Consultative Committee (JSR). However, only one party member, who is a JSR member in Kuala Terengganu, had decided to resign from the post due to personal reasons, he said.

On Nov 21, the DAP leadership had directed its members in Terengganu and Kelantan to relinquish their political posts and not to accept new appointments as the position had become untenable with the Islamic state objective propagated by Hadi, who is also PAS president. “As we respect the wishes of the party leadership, we have decided to resign so that we can continue to serve non-Muslims,” Ng said.

DAP secretary-general Kerk Kim Hock said he understood the group's predicament who genuinely felt that they had a role to help non-Muslims in the state. Kerk also pointed out that he had yet to receive their resignation letter and their move was not swayed by the remuneration as “the money is not much.” He said the 15 were appointed in their personal capacities which had nothing to do with the party, adding that they would have been expelled from the DAP if they had ignored the directive to relinquish their political posts.

Hadi said the 15 could continue to hold the political posts

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Ka Ting: DAP Leaders Clinging to Posts for Self-Interest

PETALING JAYA: DAP leaders in Terengganu who are holding on to their political appointments in the PAS government are acting in self-interest and not for the Chinese community, said MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting. “They are holding on for self-interest but say that they are doing it for the Chinese community. “By continuing to hold posts in the PAS government, they are going against the Chinese community's wish because PAS is trying to introduce their Islamic state that is against the Constitution,” he said yesterday.

The DAP, he said, had realised their mistake when PAS wanted to create an Islamic state. Ong was commenting on the 15 DAP leaders in Terengganu who chose to resign from the party to continue holding political posts in the PAS government. Ong said the DAP's move in taking “remedial action” was because the general election was drawing near but the “damage is done”. “I hope that people can see through them now. The DAP has condoned them for so long. They have had a taste of being in the state government and they refuse to let go of it now.” On whether MCA would consider accepting the 15 into the party if they applied for membership, Ong said: “No way. We will not accept people who are against the Chinese community and have done wrong.”

Gerakan president Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik said the development was DAP's internal problem, and that he would be watching the situation closely.

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:D Things are never what it seem or appear to be. In every situation, there is always the truth as one person sees it, the truth as the other person sees it, and the real truth. Most of the time, the real truth will never be known!

empress_julz
28-11-2003, 07:12 PM
i really wish the opposition parties can sort out their swinging act and settle down. it would be so much better for the country as a whole if they could get their stuff together. without a formidable opposition, an unhealthy balance takes place and the government's actions will continue to go unchecked.

like now, samy vellu's mess on the NKVE, who's going to take things out against him? who'll replace his job?

///ej

Cool Hand Luke
01-12-2003, 02:23 PM
This letter appeared in Malaysiakini:

Wrong for MCA to admonish DAP Quitters

On Nov 21, the DAP leadership directed its members in Terengganu and Kelantan to relinquish their political posts and not to accept new appointments in the PAS administration. This is part of the DAP's long-term political strategy in its struggle to keep Malaysia a secular state.

DAP secretary-general Kerk Kim Hock had displayed a rational and matured gesture in his understanding of the need for non-Muslim representation in the local government. Though DAP lost the valued membership of those leaders who had resigned, the party did win the respect of the locals for its clearly defined struggle.

MCA on the other hand is still doped with their Chinese chauvinistic political culture of total rejection to any non-Barisan Nasional political agenda. On whether MCA would consider accepting the 15 leaders into the party if they applied for membership, Ong said: "No way. We will not accept people who are against the Chinese community and have done wrong."

The question is, what wrong has these people done? They only want their people's voice and problems to be heard by the PAS administration in Kuala Terengganu!

It is wrong for Ka Ting to brand the Kuala Terengganu Chinese community leaders as against the community for rejecting MCA. It is a democratic process that MCA was voted out together with Umno from Wisma Darul Iman. The non-Muslim community has to adapt themselves in these inevitable changes of the political development; their interest needs to be protected with or without MCA's presence.

As long as I can remember, during the Mokhtar Ahmad's administration, there are not as many non-Muslim positions created to cater for the need of Chinese community. The PAS administration had applied its Islamic state principal in creating the positions for the non-Muslims so that minority interests are heard.

It is wrong for Ka Ting to comment that the office bearers were holding on to the post for self-interests - the allowance paid by PAS administration is very minimal and it may not even sufficient to cover their traveling expenses and community services overhead.

As Malaysian citizens, we must recognise that the origin of Malaysia was evolved from the Malacca Sultanate; it was an Islamic state since 1402. Over the years, PAS had been championing the Islamic cause even during the colonial era; even before the federal constitution was written.

History had also shown that Malaysia nationalists who fought the colonial masters are mostly Muslim leaders, including the grandfather of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Malaysia would not be a sovereign state without the contribution of such Muslim leaders. In the similar period, most of the Chinese community leaders were collaborating with the European masters and focussed on economic activities.

Ka Ting's declaration of war against the Islamic state will soon be his political liabilities as Umno is also engaging itself in shifting the government administration into the Islamic state format. Why does Ka Ting not comment on the actions of Umno, which is also waging a war against Chinese community? If PAS eventually win the general election and take over the government administration, will Ka Ting still declare war against the Islamic state?

Ka Ting has no right to deny the decision of the Chinese community leaders from helping the locals by taking up the appointment in the municipal government in Terengganu or Kelantan.

MCA need a broader shoulder to accommodate the Chinese community leaders who are more pragmatic and realistic about the situation. Ka Ting as MCA president has to be reminded that the party exists to serve the Chinese community, and not that the Chinese community exist to serve MCA.

empress_julz
02-12-2003, 02:34 AM
KUALA LUMPUR: A bright, young DAP leader, who once worked as New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark’s political secretary, has quit all her seven posts after about one year with the party.

Jadryn Loo Hooi Yee, who held six positions in Penang DAP and who was also a party executive council member, tendered her resignation on Thursday.

Her positions in Penang DAP included being the political researcher and the publicity liaison committee secretary. However, she remains a DAP member.

She cited “people-to-people relationship” in the party for her decision to quit the posts, but declined to explain further.

“It is a sad decision but it is for the best. The matter has been dragging on for some time,” she said on Saturday.

Loo, 22, was seen as a potential leader when she joined the DAP upon returning from New Zealand after a one-year stint as Clark’s political secretary in charge of Asian affairs.

The Perak-born has two degrees–one in law and another in political science.

Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow acknowledged that Loo was a promising leader and that the party had tried to persuade her to retract her resignation.

He said that Loo, who was a salaried staff, probably felt that she had less freedom to pursue what she wanted to do.

“Besides, it is tough being in politics for the long haul especially if you are in the opposition. One must be prepared for all sorts of hardships,” he said.

Loo’s resignation sparks queries whether other young leaders are mulling about the possibility of quitting their posts too.

For example, there has often been speculation whether DAP MP for Batu Gajah Fong Po Kuan would still be keen to stay on for the next general election.

News reports have surfaced since February about her intention not to defend her seat.

It is learnt that she told other young leaders in an internal Hari Raya gathering last week that “you only have a few more months to call me YB.”

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2003/12/1/latest/15116PenangDAP&sec=latest

Joecool
02-12-2003, 08:53 AM
Blood cleansing happening? Party ideals now too old and is not catching up with time? What is happening to the once strong contender called DAP? Should the Rocket be upgraded to a Spaceshuttle before it is too late? DAP has in the past been the devil advocate for the BN government. With them in trouble, can we depend on PAS to step up to that role?