Monday, 18 February 2013 22:30
Have you gone senile Karpal? APOLOGIZE IMMEDIATELY TO JUI MENG!
It looks like DAP chairman Karpal Singh has crossed the line again - this time by siding with his party junior Boo Cheng Hau in attacking PKR Johor chief Chua Jui Meng.
To cast doubt on Jui Meng's loyalty because of his MCA roots is hypocrisy of the greatest degree especially when the DAP is still the object of jokes each time that Tunku Abdul Aziz, its former deputy chairman and now Umno champion, chooses to throw a spear at ex-colleagues, Lim Guan Eng and Lim Kit Siang, who rolled out the red carpet for him.
In the latest fight-for-seats gangsterism displayed by the DAP, although it is Karpal who has issued the statement, it is a known fact that he would have the blessings of party supremos Lim Guan Eng and Lim Kit Siang. This is the same modus operandi that DAP uses against PAS when it comes to sticky issues such as Islamic state or Kalimah Allah. When Guan Eng and Kit Siang hide behind Karpal over such matters, they consider it 'savvy'. Actually, it is just cowardly.
No, DAP has not been to shake off its Chinese-dominated background. Perhaps, it fears competition from a more multiracial and inclusive party. Young Malay and even Chinese professionals do look at PKR seriously these days. The party has been able to stand up to enormous pressure and is set to rise and grow even much faster.
In Johor, the stakes are high but one must not abandon fair play in the pursuit of power and accuse and slander without proof. "Black hands" are strong words indeed. So far, the sabotage that we see come from the DAP, in the form of the numerous shots fired by Boo at Jui Meng in the Chinese dailies. If that is not clear-cut undermining and back-stabbing, what is?
Then, who can forget how in 2011, Wong Ho Leng in his thirst for glory had used the media to leverage for seats in the Sarawak state election. Is this what Karpal and DAP consider to be honor and the right way to fight for seats? If so, they must gangster masters capable to ousting any of the best triad chiefs from Hong Kong, Shanghai or China!
Is DAP so desperate, why gang up on Jui Meng?
If there should be any investigation, Boo should be one to be probed. Karpal should also be put on the stand. Loose cannons like these two must learn to understand what discipline means. Otherwise, they should be sacked immediately - both Boo and Karpal.
Finding proof of Boo's sabotage is easy. Just gather the newspaper clippings. As for Karpal, he should not delude himself that he is so beloved. Isn't it true, Karpal is basically just the 'hired bigmouth' for DAP, without much real political capital or acumen of his own.
Boo should do well to note that Bakri - which is a hot seat won by the DAP by only a narrow 722-vote margin in 2008 - would be far safer if contested by Jui Meng. Bakri is Jui Meng's stronghold, a seat he held for 5 terms.
Yet, in the great spirit of 'generosity', Guan Eng refused to swap it back - again rudely and through the press in a deliberate snub to Jui Meng. Who is behaving like a Chinese Emperor now?
So if DAP wants to risk Pakatan's chances by contesting Bakri, why should not Jui Meng or any of his PKR colleagues insist on Gelang Patah?
After all, Gelang Patah (104,496 registered voters, 33.9% Malays, 52.9% Chinese, 12.4% Indians 0.8% others) is a seat traditionally contested by PKR in 2004 and 2008. Who is being selfish and arrogant now?
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That Boo would live true to his name and go crying like a baby to his party chiefs is to be expected. He is not well-respected, a rough diamond disdained in private by many of his own team-mates who accuse him of mood swings and bad temper.
For Karpal to issue a press statement accusing Jui Meng of being a BN Trojan, saying Jui Meng's loyalty is suspect, shows that this so-called living legend is himself no longer deserving of the title.
Unless Karpal has gone senile like Dr Mahathir Mohamad, then really, he is not much of a man to respect any more.
Firstly, being a top PR leader, Karpal should know the ropes and procedures. They are simple unless he is stupid, he should know he should refer any complaints to the leadership council. Why didn't Karpal?
Why did Karpal and Boo gang up together to use the press to tarnish Jui Meng? Is the DAP so desperate?
Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim must act swiftly and decisively in this matter. Karpal must apologize. Such behavior is not funny. Not only when GE13 is so close by but at any time, such political gangsterism is unacceptable.
Finally, before Guan Eng, his dad and Karpal think of themselves as being the soul of the Pakatan Rakyat, the only ones who are incorruptible, and start accusing others who disagree with them of harboring intention to defect or help the BN, they should clear up the buzz in the market that they have had talks with Umno!