If you read Malaysiakini’s news headlines 'No local elections': Gerakan, Pakatan tick off PM you would be startled and perhaps even mildly pleased to think that someone in the Gerakan Party (my matey Hsu Dar Ren excepted) has suddenly discovered where he left his gonads and backbone since 1990 when Koh Tsu Koon became the Island CM.
But on reading the news article more carefully I realize Kedah Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang was more grovelling to the PM than ticking him off wakakaka.
Dear Tan said while he understands the premier's concern (how sweet) that such elections would lead to too much 'politicking', the “advantages of local government elections outweigh its rejection”.
“I hope that our prime minister would reconsider to allow local government elections in Pakatan states.”
Good boy (pat on head) – wakakaka!
But wait, why only Pakatan governed States?
A Malaysiakini letter writer by the handle of ‘Mike’ in wishing Good luck to Tan Keng Liang of Gerakan went about ‘justifying’ Tan’s selective proposal in begging the PM to have local council elections in Pakatan states.
Dear Mike wrote so endearingly of Tan: That's a smart politician and I don't find many these days. But again, I believe he is risking his political career in Gerakan for the sake of democracy.
Going against PM is not a wise idea for Gerakan leaders! So good luck to Tan Keng Liang of Gerakan.
Wow, we have a hero in Gerakan Party wakakaka!
The more likely story is the Gerakan, a totally spent political force without a role anymore other than for its party president to carry a briefcase for Idris Jala wakakaka, hopes to snatch a few breaths of political life by winning a few seats in the local Penang (and perhaps Selangor) councils elections.
Buit Tan lacks the courage to call for the third tier local elections as a norm throughout Malaysia. Instead he tiptoes delicately through the UMNO briar bush by timidly limiting his so-called derring-do wakakaka to only Pakatan States.
But then he's from the Gerakan Party wakakaka.