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.