Everything is possible when Heaven wills it!
- Chinese saying … as believed by kaytee (if not true, it’s still damn good)
Based on news report from Malaysiakini & Star Online
Looks like there’s increasing encouraging signs of rapprochement between the two extreme positions in Malaysian political ideologies, namely DAP's and PAS'. The Chinese have always believe that the circle is the perfect as well as dominant structure, so if you back away from each other enough, you are sure to … oops … bump your bum into the other bloke's eventually.
Firstly, we read of Triple joy for Perak as birthday boy Nizar assumes post in the Star Online where suave sweet-mouth smoothie, State DAP chief Ngeh Koo Ham said the ceremony to swear in Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as Perak 10th Menteri Besar at the royal town of Kuala Kangsar marked a historic occasion of triple happiness for the state.
“We are celebrating the birth of a prince, the birth of a new state government and the birthday of a new Mentri Besar.”
Wah ;-) for a prudish DAP member, Ngeh does have a few sweet words.
He even ratcheted up the parliamentary process by proposing the creation of a post for Opposition leader – though I am not too sure whether that’s also a subtle twist of the knife in the BN’s side – ha ha ha!
Yes, Malaysiakini tells us that PAS' Nizar (has been) sworn in as Perak MB. Obviously the earlier brouhaha has been consigned to the bin as mere teething problem inclusive of a bit of sandiwara from someone I have already mentioned.
With Ngeh’s new diplomacy, I hope the happy occasion augurs well for both PAS and DAP.
However, Ngeh missed another opportunity to lay it on thick and add on to the goodwill. He should have told Nizar that as the 10th MB of the State, he will be “ong” (lucky and prosperous) as the number “10” means “muah” or complete/perfect.
Even the Chinese newspaper Sin Chew daily has lavished praises on Nizar who unexpectedly turned up at a forum in Ipoh yesterday and drew applause from the mostly 3,000-strong Chinese crowd. Nizar then stunned the crowd by speaking in Mandarin, Hokkien, Cantonese, Tamil, English and Malay at Sin Chew's 'What's Next' political forum.
Aiyah, I am jealous of his linguistic versatility lah. But Nizar has certainly won over the erstwhile-suspicious Perak Chinese.
Meanwhile, in Penang, PAS has come out in defence of Lim Guan Eng’s rather abrupt announcement to discard the NEP without qualifying exactly what he had meant by that. See what I mean by those humourless prudish monk-like DAP people who talk straighter than a ruler – as I once said, you can use Lim GE to calibrate a ruler ;-) but I hope he will learn a few sweet words like Ngeh.
Despite Lim GE’s faux pas, he seemed to have earned the goodwill of not only PAS but Malay welfare group Teras. Its president Azmi Abdul Hamid said the civil society groups were happy with their meeting with Lim.
He stated: "We are glad to have received a reassurance that the interests of the Malays in Penang will not be neglected. The Malays in Penang have been overlooked for far too long, including during the previous state government, and we hope all this will change."
Does its significance strike you? Azmi was virtually saying that under the BN, the Malays in Penang were overlooked. Hmmm, maybe not the UMNO State leaders. Now the ordinary Malays will find the new government is likely to be more fair.
Then the Penang Bumiputra Petty Traders Association virtually told the State UMNO leaders to shut up and stop being asses, and not to politicise the state government’s intention to practice an open tender policy for contracts and projects.
Its chairman Alif Abdul Mutalib Kader added significance to what had happened under the BN when he averred said such a policy would benefit all races, including the Malays.
He said: “Through an open tender policy, we believe there will be equal benefits for all businessmen to have a share in the state’s economic pie. The state Umno leaders should think twice before demonstrating in the streets. They should give the new state government a chance to be transparent and fair in its administration.”
I hope spoiler UMNO will grow up and stop being spoilt brats. Their gravy train has been derailed.
Star Online also reported that Dr Farish Noor, a PAS member and also senior fellow of NTU Singapore's Rajaratnam School of International Studies said in Fear not if NEP is dismantled, Malays told: “There was no suggestion to do away with a welfare system that help Malays in need but a safety net mechanism that will help and protect all Malaysians who are poor on the basis of merit in the DAP's manifesto."
“I think the Opposition managed to win the support of the Malaysian public as a whole including the Malays because it was inclusive and took into account all sections of the society.”
Aiyah, Dr Farish, not ‘Opposition’ liao, but Penang State government lah.
He continued: “It simply promises a fair chance to everyone because many Malaysians, including the Malays, have not been given an equal chance. I am prepared to give them a chance. I want to see the emergence of non-racial politics in Malaysia.”
Another ‘wah’ from kaytee – please read this article from Harakah titled Guan Eng enggan keluar RM100 ribu where Haji Mohamad Sabu, VP of PAS, lavished praises on Lim Guan Eng – told you Lim is not only a straightforward prude but honest as a brand new clean white sheet.
Mohd Sabu said: "Saya rasa sangat terharu mempunyai kawan seperti itu." (I’m moved to have a mate like … Lim).
;-) I hope PAS and DAP don't overdo the mutual admiration society bit ha ha ha! But it's indeed moving to see two 'prudish' strait-laced parties coming to realise they share the values of decency, justice, and integrity.
Oh, PAS is PAS, and DAP is DAP, and wunderbar, the twain did meet - with apologies to Rudyard Kipling ;-)