Tee Beng quit due to Guan Eng’s arrogance

Nibong Tebal MP Tan Tee Beng was recently in the news when he joined Kita. He’s been accused of being a ‘frog’ for leaving PKR. However, with the benefit of hindsight, it’s difficult to totally fault Tan’s decision given what we’ve been witnessing since March 8, 2008.

Tan was among PKR MPs from Penang who have been at loggerheads with the party leadership and Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, a confrontation which has led to his being issued a show cause letter on Wednesday and a referral to the board.

Action is being initiated against the parliamentarian for a falling foul of Clause 27 of the party charter: insubordination, conduct unbecoming, and bringing the party into disrepute by openly criticising party leaders and PR members. — see Insider here

Tan quit because …

(Malaysian Digest) Tan said he regretted the attitude of the PKR leadership who were willing to sacrifice the integrity and principles of the party purely to ensure that their aspirations were achieved.

“In fact they are willing to ‘close their eyes’ to the problem faced by the Penang PKR due to (Penang Chief Minister) Lim Guan Eng’s arrogance.”

“I don’t understand why the Penang PKR leadership is too subservient to Lim to the extent that it is willing to cover up all his weaknesses,” he said, reading a five-page statement at a press conference, here [on March 1, 2010].

Tan, who also announced that he was resigning from all posts in the party and becoming an Independent Member of Parliament, said that he was not prepared to bow down to Lim’s dictatorial attitude and work style because the DAP secretary-general’s arrogance was excessive and he treated the PKR elected representatives as dogs.

“He likes to politicise petty issues and totally cannot accept criticisms and tries to turn the Penang government into his family property.”

See the rest of the story here.

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And Bayan Baru MP Zahrain Mohd Hashim quit because …

(The Star) Dissension within Pakatan Rakyat has spread and the simmering feud between DAP and PKR leaders broke into the open when Bayan Baru MP Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohd Hashim verbally attacked Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

Describing the DAP secretary-general as a “dictator, a chauvinist and communist-minded”, Zahrain who is the former state PKR chairman, said Pakatan should stop compromising with the leader who is from Malacca as Lim had failed to deliver its general election promises.

Stressing that he was not attacking the DAP, Zahrain said Lim would become a liability to Pakatan in the state if he continued the way he was now.

“Lim does not like to be criticised. He is quick to label those who criticise him as Barisan Nasional agents,” he said. “Even his own party colleagues do not have a say the moment Lim makes up his mind.”

Zahrain said among the election promises that were not kept were the introduction of local council election and an open tender system.

“Lim may be reluctant to push for local council election because it will diminish his power if Penangites use that as an avenue to pass verdict on the state’s performance.

“He also promised an open tender system, but he has made the process worse by personally chairing the tender board,” he said, adding that there was better check and balance during Barisan’s rule.

He said when he criticised Lim for his dictatorial ways of managing the state, he was accused of being an Umno agent.

See the rest of the story here.

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