Monday, August 19, 2019

DAP has lost its guli's after GE14, thanks to Lim KS


The last thing DAP or Harapan needs is a gag order

 “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.” 
– Antonio Gramsci, Prison Notebooks
COMMENT | You know what the real crisis in Harapan is? The fact that more Pakatan Harapan politicians do not speak up. 
If DAP members follow the “internal memo” by Lim Kit Siang urging them to voice their grievances through the proper channels – especially when these concern other coalition partners – this would sound its death knell.
Part of this is optics. As a political party which has accused the MCA of being “running dogs” for their Malay partners, the sight of your own members mewling in the corner does not look good. Better to yap in the open even if it means getting return fire than becoming what you claimed would never happen to DAP.
Secondly, it is cathartic. The people who voted for Harapan wanted change. They were told that this could happen even though the coalition was partnering with the main architect of old Malaysia. 
When the grand poohbah starts acting up, the sight of politicians putting up a fight is exactly what a dejected base needs.
So when DAP central executive committee member Ronnie Liu, for instance, warns of creeping Mahatharism, and gets blowback from Bersatu members, or when Klang MP Charles Santiago (photo) – who like Second Deputy Penang Chief Minister P Ramamsamy is becoming the conscience of Harapan – does a very public tango with the old maverick, this is a good thing. 

It means that there are politicians in Harapan who want a New Malaysia as opposed to a Neo-Malaysia.
In fact, this is what is keeping the Harapan flame alive, which is slowly sputtering out. Some people ask what is going on with Harapan. The answer is simple. That manifesto which some people want to burn is not worth the paper it is printed on.

in other words Pakatan bullshitted 
Nobody really had a plan – if the old maverick is to be believed – because they did not believe they could win. So all those reforms that everyone bought into – including this writer, who not only endorsed Mahathir but also Harapan – have only ourselves to blame.
But this does not mean that the game is over. You can still reform the system even though you did not think you would win. 
The problem is that politicians who want to do something are being stymied by those who are afraid to drain the swamp and worry about the return of Umno. Don't they realise that they are slowly replacing Umno with Umno?
Part of this was the political narrative and take-no-prisoners dialectic of the then-Harapan opposition. Where everything the Umno regime did was going to destroy Malaysia, and post-election the narrative has been “well maybe not really destroy Malaysia, especially if we can work it out” type ploys that has angered a vocal section of the base.
Take the Lynas backpedalling, for instance. Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok (photo), after jumping on the Lynas bandwagon, says this about the extension – "Isn't that enough to tell you that we gave a chance to Lynas to improve and fulfil the conditions?”

Really? Can you imagine if Kok had said this before the election? 
Maybe saying something like this, putting forward a nuanced argument would have mitigated the feelings of betrayal that some people have about Lynas. Instead, the Harapan opposition implied that the Najib regime was complicit in the possible deaths of Malaysians due to radioactive waste.
So bravo to those seven DAP members – Lee Chin Chen (Bilut), Young Syefura Othman (Ketari), Kamache Doray Rajoo (Sabai), Chow Yu Hui (Tras), Chiong Yoke Kong (Tanah Rata), Woo Chee Wan (Mentakab) and Leong Yu Man (Triang) – who did the right thing and spoke truth to power. 
At least if the mandarins in Putrajaya do not want to fulfil their commitments, there are DAP members who are making their stand clear.

Ronnie Liu warned about return of Mahathirism
This is important. Maybe it will not change anything and God knows, the next racial and religious provocations will push broken promises to the background, but at least people who vote for the DAP still have some hope that there are politicians in the party who will honour what they say they will do.
Whatever your view of Lynas, what Bentong MP Wong Tack is doing is correct. Holding the government of the day – one that he is a part of – to account. 
The only way out of this for Harapan is to admit that their propaganda on Lynas was wrong, and to work with detractors to correct whatever dangers this project brings to Malaysia and be transparent in the process.

Part of this is the supporters of the old maverick who jumped on board Harapan and now want things to go back to how it used to be. The so-called power sharing formula, which was not really about sharing but was in reality about acquiescence. 
The role the MCA used to play with Umno. The narrative that non-Malays should be grateful that they have a place in this country and it is always about compromise, which means the non-Malays have to step aside and play along to the greater agenda of keeping the Malays in a single party through various social and economic policies.
R Nadeswaran in his last column wrote, “We, the people, wait for the answers with bated breath”. This is the question to ask. When politicians state their stand, either because they are forced to or because of their principles, they are answering the questions the rakyat is asking.
Asking people to conform to party politics or party discipline is what screwed up old Malaysia and it is what is screwing up New Malaysia. 
If the best thing that this New Malaysia has to offer is that politicians are bucking party politics and not toeing the establishment line and voicing what the rakyat who voted for them want of a new Malaysia, this would be one of the better moments of the Harapan regime.
It is unproductive laying the blame squarely on Mahathir. In fact, this is what the MCA and MIC did, with S Samy Vellu in an interview with Malaysiakini going so far as to say that the old maverick made unilateral decisions and did not give a damn about the cabinet.
What is important is that politicians stand up to him and what they believe in. Asking people to channel their grievances through proper channels is exactly what the old maverick wants. This is a stratagem from the Old Malaysia playbook.
My advice to politicians from Harapan who want to create a new Malaysia or at the very least plant the seeds of a new Malaysia, is do not be quiet. Be vocal about it even if it means going against the party and the government. This is especially important for the younger elected representatives of Harapan.

tell our members to play sudoku and not spook mahathir 
Don’t worry about losing elections. That’s beyond your control and the fact is, you thought you would lose the last election. 
Maybe if you did something, young people or people who had never bothered to vote before, would feel inspired to vote, instead of thinking nothing ever changes.
Besides the political terrain for the moment means that power would be disused, and who knows if the far right can organise anything beyond marching in the streets because of the blunders the Harapan government makes and not the by any strategic brilliance of the far right.

don't angkat bola so much, have some bola yourselves

Do not worry about offending your coalition partners. Do you think Bersatu Youth cares if it offends its coalition partners or disrupts the grassroots and activists that political parties use? If they are doing something that you believe is Old Malaysia, do not be sucked into that mess.
In other words, speak up for Malaysians who voted for you and not just your political party.

papa, gnaw keng ah 

S THAYAPARAN is Commander (Rtd) of the Royal Malaysian Navy. A retired barrister-at-law, he is one of the founding members of Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan.


  1. DAP didn't lose their gulis, they openly declared their position against Toonsie on Lynas. They want to be the thorn in the Ayatollah's side.

    Go ahead Toonsie, sack them all if you dare...

    Quit now and Ayatollah wins. Lynas will be granted permanent operating licence and they can dump their waste anywhere.

    Today even Deputy Minister Fuziah naik marah, she got bigger "guli" than Wee Ka Siong because when he was FULL MINISTER in PMO he was quiet about EVERYTHING Jibby did, including stealing kWAP and 1MDB money.

    Don't you just love the New Malaysia....where a mere Deputy Minister in the PM's Department dares to go against the orders of the PM himself. Toonsie is right, Harapan government is NOT the same as BN government.

    Well done Fuziah, you may get sacked by Toonsie tomorrow BUT DON'T QUIT.

    What a contrast to former FULL minister in PM's department Wee Ka Siong....keep totally silent buat tak tahu only chant Yes Sir Yes Sir Three Bags Full, playing Sudah-lah-aku not only on Lynas but 1MDB, Felda, UEC recognition, Jawi/Khat which he introduced when he was Deputy Education Minister etc etc.

    But now in opposition he suddenly become so caring for the rakyat and very noisy ha ha ha...

    Don’t help Lynas with permanent disposal facility, MP urges Pahang govt

    FMT Reporters - August 19, 2019

    PETALING JAYA: Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh has called on the Pahang government not to allow Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd to establish a permanent disposal facility (PDF) to store its water leach purification (WLP) residue as it will create problems and dangers.

    Fuziah said the space required by Lynas would be “100 times more” than the Asia Rare Earth facility at Bukit Merah, Perak, adding that Lynas currently produces 1 million tonnes of scheduled waste and 500,00 metric tonnes of radioactive WLP residue.

    “In four years, radioactive WLP residue will increase exponentially,” she said.

    According to her, the radioactive waste contains thorium which has a lifespan of 14 billion years.

    Fuziah reiterated her stance that Lynas’ operating licence should be cancelled and applications for a PDF site should be rejected, although no application has been made yet.

    “It is enough that the state has borne the burden of Lynas before this, we should not continue to bear this burden,” she said.

    This comes after Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said her ministry will work with the Pahang government to find a suitable site for the PDF.

    Zuraida told reporters that as a member of the Cabinet, she had to follow their decision.

    Last week, Putrajaya decided to renew the operating licence for the Lynas rare earths plant in Gebeng, Kuantan, by six months on certain conditions.

    Among others, it said the company must identify a PDF with written approval from the relevant state government, or get official permission from the authorities of any country to transfer its residue there.

    It also said that Lynas must build its cracking and leaching facility outside Malaysia within four years of the renewal, after which it would not be allowed to produce radioactive residue exceeding one becquerel per gramme at its plant.

    Earlier today, Pahang Menteri Besar Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said Lynas had not submitted a formal application for a specific location to set up a PDF in the state.

    He said that if an application was received, the priority of the state government would be the people’s safety, adding that “that part we are very clear”.

  2. not only a dog, now put on muzzle somemore.

  3. Nonsense.

    Can someone please quote where in LKS’s internal memo that says “gag order”?

    “Cease friendly fire” or “consult leadership over grievances” does not constitute a gag order.

    Ronnie LIEW, Wong Tack, Kulasegaran, Fuziah, the 7 DAP Pahang assemblymen etc are just a few examples of Harapan leaders who have not been gagged. They spoke up, like their voters expected them to.

    1. This mfer still can't get over the fact that his pet cat was once stepped on by lks!

      By his simple f*cked-up mind, thus he blames every which on of dap, as dictated by his zombie pals.

    2. this only show that not everyone in dap is dog, but lks lge n lct is definitely a dog.

    3. Just like most of the Chinese m'sians know where their stand is when the threat to their race is so real!

      Only f*ck like u CAN behave otherwise just bcoz of yr pet cat's alleged mistreatment!

      It's about time to throw yr pet cat's carcase to the dogs since every each one u don't like is a dog!

  4. P Ramasamy shows again that there is no “gag order”. DAP will not remain silent, and will openly challenge Toonsie.

    Why still no action against Zakir Naik, Ramasamy asks Dr M

    FMT Reporters - August 23, 2019

    PETALING JAYA: DAP’s P Ramasamy has questioned the prime minister’s lack of action against Dr Zakir Naik, a day after the controversial Indian preacher lodged a second police report against him accusing him of defamation.

    Ramasamy, who is Penang deputy chief minister II, said Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s lack of immediate action against Naik, who recently courted controversy over his statements on Malaysian Indians and Chinese, might give the impression that the preacher has some degree of immunity in the country.

    “Naik, with his combative style of preaching, has hurt the feelings of non-Muslims, particularly the Hindus and Chinese,” he said.

  5. Further proof of no gag order. Even PAS President Hadi Awang credits DAP for speaking up on Zakar Naik...

    Hadi blames Malaysiakini, DAP for Zakir Naik polemic

    PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang has blamed Malaysiakini and DAP for the polemic surrounding preacher Dr Zakir Naik.

    He also called on the police to investigate and take action against those who started the issue and turned it into a political matter.

    "The call to deport Zakir was initiated by the Malaysiakini news portal and DAP, whose members failed to understand and address Islam through academic discourse, (and hid) their failure or inability to counter (Zakir) by turning (the matter) into a political one.