What would you say if Sultan Azlan Shah accepted Ngeh but PAS protested?

DAP’s central executive committee has instructed its state assemblypersons not to attend the swearing in ceremony of Perak Chief Minister (MB) because the party is only willing to accept a PKR or DAP MB.

By state constitution, unless the Sultan waives it, the MB has to be a Malay Muslim hence none of DAP’s 18 non-Muslim state lawmakers qualifies.

The solution from the palace is nonetheless a very inclusive one – there will be one Chinese deputy MB and one Indian deputy MB alongside the Malay MB from PAS.

Because DAP could not accept a PAS member, Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin to be MB, at the end all three parties submitted their own candidate to the palace. They wanted the Sultan to make the decision.

According to Malaysiakini, they had a gentleman agreement. DAP’s state chief and one of the MB candidates Ngeh Koo Ham say, “All three parties have unanimously agreed that we will fully endorse the Sultan’s choice.”

One big question is now left open: Could Ngeh represent his Party when he entered the gentleman’s agreement with PKR and PAS?

If he could, then should DAP CEC force him to breach his promise? If Ngeh as Perak DAP chief cannot honour his own words, can we trust him to be Menteri Besar?

And, we wonder why the DAP CEC decision came from the party adviser Lim Kit Siang, and not from the party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng?

And, if DAP lawmakers are to boycott the MB’s swearing in, are they going to boycott Ngeh’s swearing-in as the deputy MB and later on that of the Indian deputy MB as well?

And think about this “what-if” scenario. What if the Sultan of Perak, being open-minded and fair, actually picked Koo Ham as the MB, but PAS instead had decided to boycott the swearing-in ceremony in view of possible Malay protest? What will DAP say of PAS then?

In post-1990 and post-1999, we saw PAS’s unilateral actions in pushing its Islamization agenda broke up the opposition coalition. It looks like DAP, for all its criticism of PAS, is already taking the first step towards that direction.

DAP should realize what happened to PAS, and unfortunately the entire opposition, in 1995 and 2004. Don’t be the victim in next tsunami.


2 responses to “What would you say if Sultan Azlan Shah accepted Ngeh but PAS protested?

  1. Subject: Strong disappointment on DAP’s decision over Perak Menteri Besar

    From: Gerald Khor
    Sent: Thursday, March 13, 2008 08:32 AM
    To: dap.malaysia@pobox.com; khleee@pc.jaring.my; creditcard@dapmalaysia.org; jeffooi.screenshots@gmail.com
    Subject: Re: Strong disappointment on DAP’s decision over Perak Menteri Besar

    To my beloved DAP leaders,

    Hope this message get to your CEC members as well.

    Why you want to sour the already fragile relationship with PAS, at a time where you can work towards strengthening it? PAS has shown willingness to discuss Barisan Rakyat and we rakyat is happy to see the formation of Barisan Rakyat to realize the dream of 2-party system, as long as it carry a mandate of secular state for Malaysia.

    And why such a flip-flop? Where is DAP’s integrity? DAP Perak pledged to abide by Sultan of Perak’s choice of Menteri Besar just a day earlier. Why DAP CEC rejects it? Why not discuss this among PAS, PKR and DAP? Why does it has to go public, and in such high profile? You guys are not better than Pak Lah nor BN in handling such situation.

    Your report card is already tainted. Go mend the fence now and take corrective action immediately.

    Gerald Khor

    ps: Don’t know which email address to use thus use whatever email addresses I know to hope to get my message across.

    —– Original Message —-
    From: Gerald Khor
    To: dap.malaysia@pobox.com
    Sent: Thursday, March 13, 2008 12:11:39 AM
    Subject: Strong disappointment on DAP’s decision over Perak Menteri Besar

    Dear YB Karpal Singh, YB Lim Kit Siang, YB Lim Guan Eng,

    As a supporter of DAP that believe strongly in “Malaysian’s Malaysia “, I wish to express my strong disappointment on DAP’s decision to disapprove Perak Sultan’s selection of the next Menteri Besar (from a PAS representative). At the very least, please respect the choice made by Sultan Azlan Shah.

    We just witness a new era in Malaysia politics after 8th March that gave so much hope to the people of this lovely nation. The loose pact between DAP, PAS and PKR scored big win in GE2008. Please keep up the good work and strengthen the pact. In fact, you guys should just formalize the pact and form Barisan Rakyat as suggested by many concerned Malaysians. Chinese voted for PAS and Malay voted for DAP on 8th March. I personally called my family members to make sure they vote no BN candidates. It is time that DAP seriously consider formalizing a pact with PAS and PKR. PAS seems to come a long way and is becoming more moderate. A pact should be made if PAS can drop their mandate to form an Islamic country.

    Please don’t let this pact break away because of selection of Perak Menteri Besar. It is no doubt an important post but the next General Election will be even more important. The bigger task for DAP, PAS and PKR is to prove to the rakyat that you guys can be good government, starting with showing good results in Kedah, Kelantan, Penang, Perak and Selangor. It is a bad start to score an “E” for this fiasco. Furthermore PAS has given its words to work closely with the coalition government in Perak, and DAP has more seats and have been promised the most EXCO members. Give and take will go a long way for this young coalition.

    I am a Chinese from Taiping and I have no problem seeing a PAS representative as Perak’s Menteri Besar, as long as there is no Islamic rules (as yet) like those in Kelantan. Given the Constitutional constraints and the state’s demographics, it is fair to have a Malay State Assemblyman to be appointed as Menteri Besar with a Chinese and Indian Naib Menteri Besar representing the other two major races.

    The rakyat is still trying to grasp with the new scene in Malaysia politics. For me hailing from Perak, I know it is not easy for the Chinese in Perak to accept a PAS rep as Menteri Besar but we are ready to give him a chance to perform. People voted him (and his coalition government) in this time round. People can vote him out the next time. And we hope DAP will put national interest before party to give this man a chance to perform with his comrades in the Perak State Assembly as well.

    If DAP cannot resolve this fiasco properly, all the manifestos and promises given pre-election will not be relevant anymore. Walk-the-talk. Integrity is everything. Otherwise DAP is no different from any BN component parties. And I will regret very much the thousands of dollar donation I made to DAP Malaysia in Jan and Feb 2008.

    Thank you for your attention.

    Gerald Khor

    ps: http://www.malaysia-today.net/2008/content/view/4246/1/ has a lot more feedback for your attention.

    ps: Somehow http://dapmalaysia.org/newenglish/feedback.htm does not work properly thus a direct email.

  2. sultan will never allow DAPs..given pathetic 1969 history..sorry no

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