The dictionary defines ‘principle’ as:
- an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct, as in a person of good moral principles,
- guiding sense of the requirements and obligations of right conduct as in a person of principle.
Unfortunately Khalsa warrior and DAP spiritual guardian, Karpal Singh is (probably in his DAP collegues' views) 'lumbered' with a high sense of ‘principles’, encumbering him from indulging in questionable Machiavellian political intrigues or unethical politicking (as in encouraging political defections), unlike someone who would do whatever it takes to be PM.
But as I mentioned in my earlier post Karpal Singh demands Anwar Ibrahim step down as PR leader Karpal was particularly incensed that members of PKR and DAP had been mesmerized by Anwar’s snake oil pitch into supporting the cross-over of elected representatives.
Malaysiakini reported Karpal lamenting: "I am somewhat confounded how Anwar could have openly espoused and encouraged crossovers after the people gave a resounding mandate to the Pakatan on March 8 last year."
"In the public interest, and in particular in the interest of the Pakatan, Anwar has a lot to answer for creating the woes of the Pakatan now."
Many political observers have urged Anwar to consolidate on the March 2008 win, train the new MPs on how to take over when the time comes, including the formation of a shadow cabinet ... but alas, nope, that wasn't to be (it seems he doesn't give a f* on such democratic institutions as a shadow cabinet).
The King of the Frogs wasted a precious one year chasing frogs despite falling on his face an embarrassing number of times. This man is hardly leadership material ..... rebel rouser perhaps, but leader? Absolutely not.
Karpal has been succinctly correct to ask Anwar Ibrahim to step down ... which is why I consider him as the spiritual guardian of the DAP.
The Anwar snake oil bull - While I can understand anwaristas or PKR members spinning that there are two types of frogs, the good ones (those that lompat over to PKR) and the bad unscrupulous unconscionable ones (that lompat across to UMNO), it grates, grinds and geram-izes on my nerves when I see DAP people echoing those anwaristas spin.
Dei, tambis and tangachees, and mamaks (including Uncle Lim whom I respect very much except in his blind support of Anwar Ibrahim), get this immutable truth, please ...
... all frogs are frogs lah, slimy unethical unprincipled unworthy assh*les, especially more so in the Malaysian context where voters in the general case elect candidates on the basis of their political parties rather than as individuals.
The value difference between Karpal Singh and Anwar Ibrahim is that Karpal’s principles do not allow him to do the unethical in order to gain power – basically he is not that hard up, whilst, as we all know, Anwar will do anything, especially the unethical katak-fikasi, to become PM.
Anwar’s impatience is notoriously well-known throughout his career, now even more aggravated by his sense of sheer frustration at missing the No 1 spot by a mere whisker – yea, there’s many a slip ‘twixt cup and lip, and so he learned to his utter despair.
For an understanding of his psyche read my earlier posts:
(1) The torment and impatience of Anwar Ibrahim
(2) The Achilles heel of Anwar Ibrahim
It’s not only Anwar who despairs. Many DAP supporters like me do as well, when we see with great chagrin how his snake oil pitch has mesmerized, hypnotized and stupefied some DAP leaders.
Re this lamentable drift away by DAP leaders from their hitherto strict, stern, steadfast and Spartan-like discipline, a combination of good and bad has kicked in – the good being the aim to defeat BN or to hold them to account, and the bad being a sense that power would be within reach the PR reach (rationalize as the ability then for PR/DAP to do the good stuff) – allowing some DAP leaders to convince themselves that political defectors may indeed be classified as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ froggies.
‘Good’, ‘bad’, it’s all f* deceivingly ‘ugly’.
Thank goodness for Karpal Singh, even though some of his comrades in arms appear to be distancing themselves from the Khalsa warrior. Sadly a case of kacang lupa-ing their ideological-ethical-principled kulit.
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