Hypocrisy First, DAP Now @ party election
Pix: Photo for illustrative purpose only and meant as parody; the line-up does not refer to any living or past DAP cadres.
“Over time, the tone and tenor of the [Pakatan] rhetoric mutated and it is beginning to seem as if some of the politicians feel they are where they entitled to be. Some have gone so far as to posture as if they are our only choice. This sense of entitlement is worrying as it is possibly indicative of politics having trumped the underlying cause of change and reform. If this is the case, the line between these politicians and those whom they condemn is less defined than they would have us believe.” — Malik Imtiaz Sarwar
The quote above is excerpted from an article in The Edge titled ‘Alternative Paradigm for Change and Reform (?)‘, which has Malik Imtiaz writing in his usual measured and lawyerly style.
We at Hartal are however more blunt.
What we still see are a lot of Cina Apek in DAP despite its own exhortations to the general public, and its self-avowal that DAP is a political party that it is non-communal.
But see for yourself …
DAP Selangor central committee:
1. Jenice Lee
2. Hannah Yeoh
3. Charles Santiago
4. Teng Chang Khim
5. Ng Suee Lim
6. Ean Yong Hian Wah
7. Gobind Singh
8. Tony Pua
9. Lau Weng San
10. Teo Nie Ching
11. Teresa Kok
12. Tiew Way Keng
13. S Ramakrishnan
14. Lim Soo Hong
15. T. Kannan
Mana dia Si Melayu?
ooo – O – ooo – O – ooo
DAP Perak leadership:
2. Deputy Chairman: V. Sivakumar
3. Vice Chairman: A. Sivanesan
4. Vice Chairman: M. Kula
5. Secretary: Nga Kor Ming
6. Assistant Secretary : Ong Boon Piow
7. Treasurer: Lim Pek Har
8. Organising Secretary: Teh Hock Ke
9. Publicity Secretary: Wong Kah Woh
10. Assistant Publicity Secretary: Paul Yong Choo Kiong
11. Director of Political Education: Teh Kok Lim
12. Chen Fook Chye
13. Yew Tian Hoe
14. Leong Mee Meng
Appointed State Committee:
15. Cheah Pou Hian
16. Leong Cheok Keng
17. Alvin Lim Kean Seong
18. Chairman of Medical Bureau : Dr Jaya Balan A/L Valliappan
19. Chairman of Consumer Affairs Bureau : Mat Husin bin Mohd Yosuf
20. Chairman of Electors Registration Bureau: Tan Boon Peng
21. Chairman of Legal Affairs Bureau: Nga Hock Cheh
22. Chairman of Economic Development Bureau: Yee Seu Kai
23. Chairman of Community Services Bureau: YB. Sum Cheok Leng
Out of 23 offices holders, there is only one Malay chap at the lowly number (19).
ooo – O – ooo – O – ooo
DAP’s screed against communal politics is such a sham when held up against the reality of the freshly minted party line-up.
Has DAP made any real effort to encourage the non-Chinese to join the party to be integrated into future leadership roles and thereby realise the virtues of its own much touted Malaysian Malaysia?
Instead and ironically, DAP since March 8, 2008 has made a drastic about-turn to pander to Malay-Islamic sensibilities (read: Malay-Muslim vote bank) which invariably means, it could well be abandoning its secularist stance.
If there is open election for Pakatan office bearers, where anyone from the three parties can contest against each other, are DAP willing to practice the colour blindness they preach?
Will DAP support PAS Youth Chief Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi who’s truly beyond colour — see how he teams green polka dot tie with blue checked shirt, grey pinstripe jacket and tops off his outre outfit with a snow white turban (only a colour-blind, fashion-challenged bloke will dare step out in such a blasphemous! combination of attire). See our Saturday posting on him.
DAP and Pakatan’s moral high horse that they — unlike BN — do not practise race politics is simply a barrel of hogwash.
But at least we can understand why the ‘Caliph’ heading DAP Penang feels that he has to wear the metaphorical skullcap and jubah, and encourages his girl-reps to wear selendang, yah?
To fish the Malay-Muslim voters lah …