In The Malaysian Insider’s news article Zaid on a mission to make PR a strong alternative to BN Zaid Ibrahim was very diplomatic. The article reported:
Zaid had also toyed with the idea of joining PAS or DAP but in the end decided that as PKR was younger, he felt he could contribute more.
"The other parties are more mature. PKR is easier to change and the potential is a lot more," he said.
I must say I am very disappointed by his decision, that he didn’t join the DAP instead, for a number of reasons:
(a) The DAP's strict discipline and socialist ideology is more aligned with his political proclivity.
(b) The PKR legacy of frogs and bullsh*t would be insulting to his political credentials.
(c) The DAP could well do with a Malay of some prominence in their ranks.
(d) By joining the DAP, his contribution to multiracial (or non-racial) politics would have been immense, a watershed in Malaysian politics!
Well, he didn’t. Perhaps the gap was just too wide, even for Zaid Ibrahim, to join the DAP.
And perhaps what he had meant by the ‘other parties’ (DAP and PAS) being 'more mature' has been that PKR is far too immature wakakaka and therefore requires his guiding hands!
One of my disappointments prior to this was the absence and non-candidature of Zulkifli Mohd Noor in the March 2008 general elections.
Zul was the DAP candidate in Bukit Bendera in 2004 when he won a very credible 18,000 votes out of 47,000?
Remember this was at the height of AAB's Bao Gong-ness, and that Bukit Bendera was and still is a predominantly Chinese federal constituency, where the demographics had 73.97% Chinese, 13.82% Malays, and 11.07% Indians plus a sprinkling of 1.14% Thais, Eurasian, etc.
I had attempted to analyze why he lost the Bukit Bendera seat in 2004 in Gerakan & DAP - the missing songkok factor!.
Then I had written: The sum of it was that Zulkifli did well in a Chinese majority seat, and that's because of the DAP brand.
Under a program of continuous political investments (and not just campaigning on the eve of the election) Zulkifli could be a winning candidate.
Thus I was deeply disappointed to see Zulkifli completely missing from the recent March 2008 general election, when without doubt he would have won and made history as the first DAP Malay MP, giving the DAP its multi-ethnic credentials and legitimacy.
I have nothing against Liew Chin Tong – in fact I think he’s great – but how nice it would have bene for DAP if Zul Mohd Nor had re-contested Bukit Bendera in 2008. I have no doubt he would have ridden on the crest of the tsunami into parliament.
Thus you may understand why I have been disappointed in more than one way when Zaid Ibrahim joined PKR.