Malaysiakini - Battle-ready DAP heads for the high seas
Today, the DAP holds it annual convention in Shah Alam. Last year on 04 September 2011 I posted GE 13 - Multi-ethnic crossroad for DAP where I wrote:
Since March 2008, Chinese-majority constituencies have become blue chips for Pakatan politiicans, providing much higher assurance of victory for them, regardless of whether they’re DAP Malay or Indian candidates, PKR and even PAS.
PAS in fact is banking on the Chinese factor for victory in many of its staked 70 federal seats for GE-13. Such is today's lamentable lot for Tunku's UMNO when the Chinese (even MCA members) see UMNO as its least desired or (as the case may be) most despised/hated political representative to an extent that they would be willing to vote for PAS instead.
In other words, the ABU doctrine!
It is also timely and with joyous reception that I read of DAP’s bold preparedness to allocate 10 of its blue-ribbon seats to its Malay members, to ensure the face of DAP, post-13 GE, will physically reflect the multi-ethnic character of the party.
The time has come for the DAP to stop worrying too excessively about potential frogs, provided of course the induction process of any new members have been carefully based (as best as is reasonably possible) on the candidates’ character, competencies and commitment to democracy, C.A.T and putting the rakyat first.
There can be no frog-free guarantee in any party – I won’t go into notorious examples to prove this point. Besides, it’s highly racist to presume that frog-ological proclivity are confined only to Malay candidates when we have witnessed shameless examples among non-Malay politicians, both in BN and Pakatan, even in the DAP.
Even if the constituency doesn’t have a Chinese majority, the more Chinese voters there are, the better the chances of victory for PAS and PKR candidates.
That has been why PAS, PKR and now even PSM are drooling for such Chinese-majority seats, traditionally DAP’s turf [...].
A very recent example of this ‘drooling’ over a blue chip seat has been being Dr Jeya’s ambit claim for Jelapang.
I also wrote:
Back to Zulkifli Mohd Noor and his important and very relevant wish to have Malay candidates contest under the DAP ticket in Penang, which I strongly support, having expressed so in my earlier post Gerakan & DAP – the missing songkok factor.
I’m going to be fair and very bold.
As the DAP has now come of age as a prominent political party, to the extent of striking cold fear into UMNO, which until recently had considered DAP only as a minor irritant and a MCA-Gerakan problem, it should stop putting the same candidate in both a federal and state seat.
Today, UMNO considers DAP (not PKR or PAS) as its principal political foe.
Its days as a minor party with limited choices of good candidates for federal and state parliaments are over. I’m thinking of Lim Guan Eng as MP in Bagan and ADUN in Air Putih, and Teresa Kok as MP in Seputih and ADUN in Kinrara. […]
Let’s start with sweetie Teresa. […]
…….. I believe Teresa will serve better by dedicating her exceptional ability to federal parliament, so I would like to see her surrender Kinrara to a new DAP candidate. To be fair to Teresa, while she was/is/will be virtually invincible in Seputih, I recall she expressed her surprise in winning the Kinrara state seat, thus I don’t believe she’ll demand to cling on as the candidate for that state seat.
Now the radical and far more important proposal!
Lim GE must decide whether he wants to continue being CM Penang, a job which he does very well, and whether he is confident he will continue to be one in 2013, which I personally believe he will.
Without being too presumptuous or arrogant, I forecast Lim GE will be CM of Penang for at least another 30 years. Penangites like political stability and in this, had kept Gerakan in power for nearly 40 years despite its abysmal performance during the last couple of decades. Thus, 30 years would be a fair and moderate expectation, of course with the usual conditions (eg. DAP doesn’t become another Gerakan, once the brightest and mightiest non-UMNO party but which sadly deteriorated like an unsalvageable opium addict into a useless and despised political entity).
If so, he must surrender his federal role as an MP and thus his constituency of Bagan to Zulkifli Mohd Noor [or another Malay party member]. I am sure Zul will become one of the several DAP MPs after the next GE election.
Thus I don’t support Karpal Singh’s statement that the DAP would be making an exception in this regard for Lim GE.
I want to see Zul in Parliament as one of DAP’s MPs, if not the first one. My Penang Larng (fellow Penangite) has my complete support.
On 11 Oct 2008 I posted Gerakan & DAP – the missing songkok factor where I wrote:
As a DAP supporter (but not member) I have urged the DAP to rethink its Malaysian Malaysia ideology, which is afterall a policy that had originated from Lee Kuan Yew’s PAP when Singapore was part of Malaysia, and to also reconsider its campaign to abolish bumiputra privileges.
I suggest that the DAP looks at three issues:
(1) develop a new political vision to replace its Malaysian Malaysia that will ameliorate the fears of the Malay.
And I am pleased it has!
(2) develop a fresh strategic policy to accept the NEP but one that will be managed fairly and exclusively for bumiputera interest. This does not in any way disregard the currently marginalized Indians or the less fortunate Chinese. Preserve the NEP exclusively for the needy Melayu and other bumis.
And may I add, our highly marginalized fellow Indian Malaysians deserve urgent rescuing from MIC.
Forget about Anwar Ibrahim’s claim that he would get rid of the NEP or that the policy has outlived its usefulness. […]
I personally believe that the NEP still has use for a large segment of the Malay and Sarawak/Sabah bumis. It’s the misuse of this apparatus for affirmative action that’s the problem, not the NEP per se.
(3) get rid of its socialist label* – most Malays don’t understand what it stands for, other than it must be a part of the Satanic communist diabolical plot.
* at least in its label if not in ideology
I wish DAP and its members, especially the “new ones”, a successful convention to come up with proposals, strategies and programmes so as to serve Malaysia and Malaysians even better in the years to come.