Tuesday 19 February 2013

The undoing of Pakatan in Johor - NST report

I will give my take on the Dr Boo versus Chua Jui Meng fight tomorrow. Today I am a bit too busy with classes and got no time to sit down and write it properly.

For now, here is NST's report on it written by their senior Johor-based journalist Sim Bak Heng and KL-based political journalist Syed Umar Ariff -

IN CONFLICT: DAP chairman stands behind his Johor chief in clash with Jui Meng

JOHOR BARU: THE long simmering rift between DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat in Johor has become a full-blown conflict.
Yesterday, state DAP chairman Dr Boo Cheng Hau issued a strongly worded statement calling for PKR to remove its state chairman Datuk Chua Jui Meng.
In an almost immediate reaction to the statement, DAP national chairman Karpal Singh backed his Johor chief, saying that Dr Boo’s allegations should not be taken lightly and calling for an inquiry into attacks against Johor DAP.
In his statement, written in Chinese, Dr Boo said he wanted either PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim or his wife Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is party president, to take over Chua’s role as the party leader in the state.
Not mincing his words, Dr Boo described Chua as a liability to the opposition coalition’s efforts to take over Johor in the 13th general election.
"Chua has repeatedly announced that PKR will field him to contest  the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat although no such decision has been made by high-ranking leaders from the opposition pact.
"He has also rejected many proposals by the Johor DAP and Pas, as though he is the high and mighty one from the opposition pact in Johor. I hereby announce that the Johor DAP can no longer cooperate with Chua, as we do not feel his sincerity at all in cooperating with us. However, this will not affect our ties with PKR and Pas," he said.
Dr Boo and Chua have been at loggerheads for some time, trading barbs in a rather public row as both parties are fighting hard for the right to contest the coveted Gelang Patah parliamentary seat, among others.
The seat had been contested by DAP in the past until it was let go in 1995 to the the now defunct Parti Sosialis Rakyat Malaysia (PSRM), which later became Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) which eventually merged with Parti Keadilan to become PKR.
The right to contest the seat was returned to DAP after the 1999 general election but later entrusted to PKR in 2004 and 2008 under a rotation system.
During the last general election, BN candidate Tan Ah Eng defeated PKR candidate Dr Zaliha Mustafa by 8,851 votes.
While no consensus has been reached on which party should contest  the Gelang Patah seat, Dr Boo tweeted recently that Bukit Bendera member of parliament Liew Chin Tong should be given a chance in Gelang Patah.
Political analysts viewed the posting as a preemptive move to stop Chua from contesting the seat, as Chua, whose base is in Bakri, Muar, will be considered a "parachuted" candidate.
The posting irked Chua, who labelled Dr Boo's statement as "immature".
In his statement yesterday, Dr Boo revealed that cracks have been developing in the opposition pact in Johor in the last two years, and attributed Chua's arrogance as the main reason.
He said the opposition parties in Johor had been working closely in the past, until Chua came into the picture.
He said Chua had even attempted to alter history by claiming that only PKR had contested  the seat before.
"He is trying to confuse everyone. I sincerely appeal to him to stop labelling the DAP as arrogant. Speak for himself and reflect on his own arrogance, such as by suggesting that the Bakri parliamentary seat is his 'territory'."
Chua could not be reached for comment.
Karpal, in his statement, said Dr Boo's assertions should be taken into consideration "in the interests of  Pakatan Rakyat".
He said the credibility of Chua was suspect, due to his political background and what appeared to be his overzealous enthusiasm to regain a parliamentary seat.
"His long sojourn in the MCA and by extension Barisan Nasional, his unsuccessful attempt in 2004 at the MCA presidency and (subsequently) his obvious overzealous enthusiasm to regain a seat in  parliament, certainly exposes a credibility problem which may appear to have consume the better part of his intellect.  
"Unlike Chua Jui Meng, Dr Boo is a real McCoy," said the Bukit Gelugor member of parliament.
Karpal also called for  an in-depth inquiry be carried out to determine who was behind the attacks against Johor DAP.
(From left) Datuk Seri Chua Jui Meng and Dr Boo Cheng Hau
(From left) Datuk Seri Chua Jui Meng and Dr Boo Cheng Hau

Read more: Johor DAP-PKR tussle - Top News - New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/top-news/johor-dap-pkr-tussle-1.221005#ixzz2LJ9Yb1Cc


  1. In a day or two, PR will issue, gag orders.

    The longer PM delays the GE13, the better. Let them wash more of their dirty linens in public.

    They 'Pakat-pakat' among themselves, for the fortunes that comes with power in Putrajaya, on the perception that BN is corrupt. After 5 short years, these Pakatoons are more corrupt than BN. With BN govt., we still can voice our grievances and complaints.

    If we vote PR, how are we going to find justice if they issue gag orders, ban reporters from their press conference and even threaten to sue us if we dare to accuse them of anything. They have many lawyers on their side, remember!


    1. Yes the longer the better. Now UMNO ban good friend australia who help us to fight against Cowok and Cewek under President Sukarno who oppose formation of malaysia with his Crush Malaysia campaign. Where are the justices when armed pinoys come and occupied part of Sabah and DUMNO cannot do anything. Dumno can only bully the rakyat but not the Pinoys and Cowoks. No peace and justice and now selling trains and soon water and sand to Sinkapore.

    2. If ever the intrusion in Lahad Datu ever turns into an armed showdown and there are police or army that dies due to the conflict, the purported opposition leaders that was reported to have invited the armed intrusion should be held liable in the strongest terms. I have absolute high confidence in our armed forces to end the conflict but knowing any armed solutions will lead to casualties and death on both sides. And I am sure it will not stop here. Mind you, these people have families and are fathers to sons and daughters. So, dont bloody talk cock here.

    3. Anon 17:30.
      Thank you for agreeing that Najib should wait or let parliament dissolve itself, 28th.April 2013.

      That deported Australian is a very good friend of your Rear Admiral, not ours, the majority Rakyat. We hate foreigners or immigrants, meddling in our affairs.

      "In June 1968, racial troubles broke out when 11 chinese members of the MCP and 2 Malays who were sentenced to death for helping Soekarno to invade Johor during the Confrontation, were about to be sentenced to death for treason in Kuala Lumpur. The MP for Batu, Dr Tan Chee Koon of the Labour Party made an appeal against the execution. He gathered enough support from the chinese and pro-communist elements instigated the chinese community further".
      Read Jebat Must Die, for more : http://jebatmustdie.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/13-may-1969-analysis-by-jmd.pdf

      PAS was also known to favour the 'Melayu Raya' with Indonesia and that is why there are 2 Malays with that 11 Chinese. The extremist PAS is now a friend of racist DAP.

      That Pinoy's Suluk invasion in Lahat Datu, Sabah have close relatives with our citizens in Sabah. We could easily run them down, for sure. But what about the feeling of those relatives, who are Malaysian citizens? Will that cause a war with Philippine? They have refused to drop the claim on Sabah, remember. Do the people of Sabah like the idea of war with Philippine?
      Or the Pinoys Suluk are worried that their brethren in Sabah are in danger of deportation due to the RCI. Hence the invasion to revive their claims on Sabah,
      Or, was it an invitation from Malaysian opposition leaders, who promised them Land?

      "....now selling trains and soon water and sand to Sinkapore".
      What? You do not want us to sell anything to Singapura? You know how long & how cheap, we have been selling water to them? They use to be parts of us till 1965. How can we just forget about them. Everywhere around the world, the sea level is rising, due to global warming. Someday, we might have to accommodate them with whatever land that remains on Banjaran Titiwangsa. Of course with the descendents of 1965 only, with a new 'social contract', that they are not eligible to vote in GE, as long as the moon still shines.


  2. Karpal goes too far if he thinks that your political history makes all of your current actions suspect, you can write off almost all of PKR. PKR covers the important ground between voters whose major concerns relate to religious issues and voters whose main concerns are issues relating to chinese community issues. Its in this area that the election will be won or lost because DAP and PAS have more committed hard core supporters. So its up to Pakatan as a whole to decide how to keep PKR strong and relevant,or else they can content themselves with Penang and Kelantan and forget federal power or state power elsewhere.

  3. Dont use the f word la. Shows your upbringing n most probably u heard it from your parents too. Very bad...

  4. You think MCA would have won any seats in GE12 if it wasn't because Umno was helping them? You think MIC would have won in Segamat if Umno had not done any legwork? You think MCA would have won in Tebrau if it had not been for the work done by Umno to garner support in what was at that time a Malay-majority area? You think Gerakan would have won in Simpang Renggam if it hadn't been for Umno's campaigning in that Malay-majority seat?

  5. Oh, another thing, MIC was contesting in Tenggaroh, at that time a state seat with only 2% Indian voters and more than 80% Malay voters. You think YB Murukasvary would have won there if she didn't get the backing and support of Umno?

    The problem is, at least in Johor, I see MCA, MIC, Gerakan, etc. as just freeloaders, largely dependent on Umno's grassroots support to survive, and hardly doing any work themselves to improve relations with their constituents, and I mean the Malays that voted for them. That's why they will eventually lose the Malay support, and Umno will bear the consequences of their lethargy.

  6. Anon 23:27 & 23:43, or is it the same person.

    How considerate and generous of UMNO to have given a Malay majority constituent to its coalition partners in BN. (Oh my God or Allah; 2% Indian and >80% Malays in Tenggaroh, yet UMNO gave it to MIC)

    I bet DAP would do the same with PAS in the island of Penang or vice-versa in Kelantan.


  7. 23.43

    You better go to TR or Senai or otherwise it show you are DUMNO - it is Suck and not what you sinful thinking. Better ask Almighty for forgiveness for wrong thinking.

  8. Anon 17:26, you can't find a better response than that? Faced with undisputed facts, and that is all you can come up with? Who is the dumb one here?