The recently held DAP CEC re-election reminds me of the 'bisa diatur' Umno’s party elections.
Sweet and sour oranges look the same from the outside. It is only after you peel off the skin and taste the fruit will you be able to know if they are sweet or sour. Many a dishonest hawker have profited by selling sour oranges as being sweet and juicy!
The same with Umno and DAP. For me DAP and Umno are one and the same thing in how they project a sweet public persona and yet conduct their party affairs in a sour manner that fool so many of us.
DAP has achieved much in the last two general elections – achieved through great discipline, hard work and entrenched Chinese support. It has gone from strength to strength winning from a low of nine parliamentary seats won in the 1995 general election to garnering 38 seats in the last general election.
If truth be told they can lay claim to be the leader within the Pakatan Rakyat coalition by virtue of their electoral gains – an additional 10 seats between the 12th and 13th general elections – a feat no other member of the coalition was able to match. But what are they really like?
It took half a century for the rakyat to finally wake up to the arrogance, nepotism and corruption within Umno and when they did, the punishment meted out to Umno during the 12th and 13th general elections was a political disaster for Umno.
I predict that with DAP, the social media will quicken the process many times over.
Politicians who lie for short-term advantage are par for the course. Those who lie when caught between a rock and a hard place are harder to forgive but their supporters may still find enough compassion in their hearts to forgive, but maybe not to forget.
But politician who goes down the sordid avenue of hypocrisy risks more than just their integrity (if there were any in the first place!) and any reserve of goodwill they may have amongst those who are prepared to give them a chance at governing.
Truth is the recognition of realities. It is time we begin to see the DAP for what it is. Hypocrites!
Let us take their latest spate with the Registrar of Societies. All guns (at least those belonging to Lim Kit Siang, Karpal Singh, Lim Guan Eng and their cohorts) are trained at ROS for being the running dogs of the Barisan Nasional government in harassing DAP in the manner they conduct their party polls.
Let us get one thing crystal clear. ROS is not bothered about the result of the polls but they are bothered in the manner DAP did not adhere to their own constitution when conducting the polls.
That all DAP branches must be given 10 week notice is the requirement in DAP’s constitution, not a requirement of the ROS. And if this recent party polls did not follow that same 10-week notice requirement to be made to all DAP branches – guess what ROS are going to do again?
Just address the problem
So please DAP stop beating the drums to tells ROS and the BN government that the Chinese within DAP are restless. Why not just address the problem?
Surely party secretary-general Guan Eng must not think that:
If all tendered projects under the Department of Irrigation and Drainage Malaysia (JPS) in Penang were awarded to bumiputera contractors (even those not reserved for bumiputeras), then DAP can claim to be multiracial?
If 98% of the value of JKR tendered projects managed by Penang state is awarded to bumiputeras than DAP can claim to be multiracial?
If Zairil Khir Johari garners more votes in the ROS-endorsed party central executive council polls this time around, then DAP leadership structure is multiracial? Huh!
If Dr Ariffin Omar was appointed to the party central executive council and made vice chairman, then DAP is multiracial?
If the budget for Jabatan Agama Islam Pulau Pinang has been increased from RM12.5 million during Umno’s time to RM64 million in 2012, then DAP is multiracial?
Not bloody likely!
Yes PKR has its problems but PKR wears its heart on its sleeves. They had problems with Zaid Ibrahim and it was out there for us to see.
Azmin Ali had problems with Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Nurul Izzah, again out there for us to see. Anwar Ibrahim cannot tell Azmin what to do? Once again we saw it all unfold in real time.
I say I am more comfortable with the PKR devil that I know than a DAP devil that I don’t!
What I fear about DAP is this – what we see is not what it is! The recently held party CEC re-election reminds me of the “bisa diatur” Umno’s party elections – done to maintain the CEC status quo.
More truthfully, it was done to enshrined Guan Eng’s people within the party CEC so as to enable easy passage of Guan Eng’s political agenda to make DAP into his image – a Chinese one.
That RM64 million for the Jabatan Agama Pulau Pinang is just a smokescreen to pacify the Malays.
I am no racist but if you are Chinese, then you must be comfortable with DAP and the direction it is travelling to.
The Malays and the other races have their own take on the situation but then why should Kit Siang and Guan Eng be bothered about what they think. For now multi-racism be dammed.
The Lim’s are too busy building their power base ala Umno, ala Mahathir, ala all Umno leaders.
Nothing else matters but staying in political power and having your team around you to enable you to further extend your political dynasty.
How long can Guan Eng keep striking off Indians who do not support the current leadership structure?
What happens if the Malays and the other races starts to join DAP in droves and then begin to push their own agenda – to have more non-Chinese representation?
DAP should begin to conduct much of its procedures and speeches in Malay, especially in the smaller towns. Aiyah over 80% are conducted in Chinese ma!
Even if your targetted audience are mainly Chinese, DAP needs to make an effort to be inclusive when they are speaking to Malaysians!
And if they are not bothered in this most basic of requirements – to try to conduct their affairs in Bahasa Malaysia, then just think what they do in the privacy of the four walls when Guan Eng, Kit Siang and their “men” sit to “guide” DAP to their much touted “multi-racial Malaysian” ends? Huh!
So where is DAP heading? The same place that Umno is heading. Umno and DAP are managing to make themselves as obnoxious as it is possible to the very people that they are purporting to champion.
Bottom line? When the time comes for a changing of the guard, even Mahathir goes! Not so DAP. DAP allows Guan Eng and Kit Siang to dominate because they are DAP.
I write this not because I dislike DAP more but because I love our people more.
Cukup lah! Stop trying to fool the Malays, the Indians….hell stop fooling yourself!
CT Ali is a reformist who believes in Pakatan Rakyat’s ideologies. He is a FMT columnist.