Nat Tan, naive as he had been under Anwar, has a sneaky side to his character.
Like most PKR people (or those nurtured under the PKR culture) he holds an invincible prejudice against the DAP. Could that be due to PKR's jealousy of DAP because the rakyat favours DAP more than PKR?
In early April 2016 he penned a letter to Malaysiakini titled Will Guan Eng be Dear Leader for life? which in my pro-DAP assessment (wakakaka) I considered as extremely biased, but a bias to be expected of a PKR-ista (or whatever party he has since aligned himself to, though definitely not the DAP, wakakaka).
In that letter he questioned Lim Guan Eng’s tenure as chief minister (CM) of Penang and the issue of setting a term (not time) limit for a CM. Would that term-limit be constitutional and has it been done before in a Westminster parliamentary system that Malaysia follows?
Nat’s argument was that long tenure in high office lends substance to the old political adage that power corrupts, especially long term power.
In his letter to MKINI, he cherry-picked dictators to support his silly arguments, examples of long serving world leaders but who were (very very naughty of his very shameful crafty cunning biased selection) only those from draconian dictatorships and fascist states, people like Kim Il-sung (N. Korea), Muammar Gaddafi (Libya), Francisco Franco (Spain), Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe), Mao Zedong (China), Hun Sen (Cambodia or Khmer Republic), and Josef Stalin (USSR).
He even made factual errors relating to long serving equivalents of PMs, or were those 'errors' his sinisterly contrived misinformation?
Nat asked us what countries impose time limits, which he answered himself as the nations of France, Germany, the UK and the US.
In that (I suspect deliberately) vague sentence I have to say this again in this post, Nat was very naughty to the extent of misleading us. And I’ll explain how and why.
At this point we must distinguish prime ministers (and chief ministers) a la Westminster system from the republican head of states or presidents. By the by, France has both.
Since we have been talking about the term limit of the chief minister of Penang (or for that matter, the prime minister of Malaysia), we should note there has never been a set term limit for the PM pf Malaya/Malaysia nor one for the CM or MB of any Malaysian state.
As per the Westminster system which does not have CEO-President of a nation like the USA, the prime minister of Britain (or even his PM counterpart in France) does NOT have any term limit to his prime ministerial office, contrary to what Nat informed or misinformed us (as to be expected of a PKR-ista, wakakaka).
Anyway, Nat's pathetically poor examples were, I presume, to suggest long tenures bred dictators, instead of telling the truth that it would actually be the other way around, where dictators bred such long tenures.
Of course his rather wicked labelling of Lim Guan Eng as a ‘Dear Leader’ has made clear his prejudice against Guan Eng, associating the Penang CM by that sinister title to Kim Jong-il, the former and late president of North Korea.
Have you heard of any Westminster-styled parliamentary practice or procedure which limits PM or CM/MB to a certain number of terms, say 2 or even 3?
Was Mahathir limited to only two (2) terms?
If Mahathir was not, why didn't clever-by-half Nat Tan object then?
Shall we now change the Constitution of Penang and Malaysia to please Nat's wish?
Oh, BTW, instead of Nat's examples of North Korea, the former USSR, etc, what about the terms of Oz's PM John Howard, Britain's PM Margaret Thatcher or PM Tony Blair? Or Germany's Angela Merkel (Chancellor or its equivalent, a PM), etc.
C'mon Nat, why were you dumb struck when I wrote to MIINI to question your misleading info
I didn't and don't hear such similar calls for Azmin Ali or Zambry Abdul Kadir or Musa Aman to go after their two terms.
And the irony of it all is they are now promoting Mahathir to be PM again after he had already served from 1981 to 2003, all 22 years of draconian rule.
Why is this harassing, heckling and hounding of only Guan Eng?
I reckon it is just plain jealousy of Guan Eng's popularity and near invincible position as a CM who Penangites want if not loved. And that jealousy can be traced to one party which has always been bloody green-eyed about DAP.
And hasn't he been mischievously labelled as Tokong by his so-called ally PKR?
y tok kok abt Westminster, lge agree to the 2 term limit on pm mb cm. the question is y not enforce retrospectively, which i think is a valid viewpoint. i believe lge is no diff with mahathir, want to stay on forever if given chance, n dap hypo always know how to twist when they found out dap is no diff with umno.ReplyDelete
1.7 billion Chinese citizens can't be wrong when they decided to vote President Xi JinMin to be their President for Life. He is elevated to the status of Mao like a God.ReplyDelete
Likewise, 2 terms, 3 terms, 10 terms, 20 terms is not excessive for a smaller God like Tokong?
Hopefully, the Tokong is not a disguised Na Tok Kong which comes and goes everywhere.
Nat Tan is a Harvard Graduate, so is influenced by the two-term limit on U.S. presidents' terms of office, apparently for life. I.E. if a president serves two terms, he cannot stand down for a term or two and stand again for another term.ReplyDelete
Back in the late 1990s, these liberal types were advocating two-term limits on the positions of elected representatives of the National Union of Journalists.
Nathaniel Tan,when he was in PKR was and always will be a water carrier.He thought so highly of himself,but instead he was not even chosen as a candidate.And as usual,the left out or unhappy dudes eventually left.ReplyDelete
On and off Nat Tan wrote many articles criticizing everybody but himself.This pushover is garbage bound,not even fit to suck Guan Eng's dick.
Wakakakaka…… u must have a strong enmity against Nat, another pommie anmokauxai!ReplyDelete
In the Westminster system, the prime minister of Britain (or even his PM counterpart in France) does NOT have any term limit to his prime ministerial office.
The POTUS has a set term of two -
first by gentlemanly behaviour, then by constitutional enactment. However there is an ONLY exception as in 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is elected to an unprecedented fourth term in office.
Recently, the People's Congress of China reverses the 2-term limit of the presidency implemented by Dengxiaoping back to no term limit.
Hmmmm……… political power enigma!
1) that long tenure in high office lends substance to the old political adage that power corrupts, especially long term power.
2) dictators bred long tenures.
3) back to chicken or egg argument le.
Which is right, which is wrong - hard to tell.
Perhaps, the sole guiding principle SHOULD be the benevolent decency of the person in power!
This Sunday...11th March. .Pakatan Harapan Super Celebration. Esplanade..Penang.ReplyDelete
Mahathir, Lim Guan Eng, Kak Wan will all be there.
I will sure be there.