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Another Brother into the fold

Posted on: September 6, 2008

Out of Gerakan, into PKR
Rahmah Ghazali | Sep 6, 08 6:11pm
Finally, Gerakan stalwart Dr Tan Kee Kwong made his move.

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He announced his intention to join Parti Keadilan Rakyat today, adding that he faxed his resignation letter from Gerakan to the party’s secretary-general Chia Kwang Chye yesterday morning.

Tan’s announcement did not come as a total surprise. Gerakan had dropped him as a deputy minister after the 2004 general election when he was not selected as a candidate. He was further sidelined in the party after he backed Kerk Choo Ting against then party president Dr Lim Keng Yaik in the Gerakan polls in 2006.

tan kee kwong pc tropicana 060908 smilingIn May this year, Tan accepted the appointment as co-chair of the Selangor Special Task Force on Land Issues from the PKR-led Selangor government. By then, it became clear that he was searching for a new political platform.

At the press conference today, a jovial Tan said “there is no sadness in leaving Gerakan.”

“Instead, joining PKR gives me a bout of fresh air,” he told reporters in the presence of PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Selangor menteri besar Khalid Ibrahim and PKR information chief Tian Chua.Impossible to change from within

After 13 years of struggle with Gerakan and the BN, the former Federal Territory Gerakan chief, said he has lost faith in the BN government.

“I believe that race-based parties in BN like MIC, MCA and Umno are no longer relevant,” said Tan, adding that the political tsunami of March 8 has opened his eyes.

“I thought such a political tsunami would take another 50 years, but it happened overnight. This is a sign that Malaysians now want multi-racial politics, not the old race-based politics,” he said.

Tan who was Segambut MP from 1995-2004 said he had been trying to change Gerakan from within but failed to do so.

“There are people who join BN and try to make a change. I can also say that I tried to make changes from within but I reached a point where it was almost impossible to do so,” he said.

Kee Kwong, 61, is the son of the highly respected former opposition leader Dr Tan Chee Khoon.

On Umno, the new PKR member claimed that the party no longer fights for the rights of ordinary people like it used to.

“Umno used to fight for fishermen, padi farmers and teachers but now it has become the towkay in BN and Umno leaders have turned arrogant,” Tan charged.

Taking another swipe at Umno, Tan said Umno was behaving like the ‘big brother’ expecting other BN components to ‘rubber-stamp’ all their decisions.

“We are just there to rubber-stamp whatever they want to do. Enough is enough. Their corruption and mismanagement – the country is going to be broke if they are not stopped,” he lambasted.

Individual decision

Tan also explained that it was his individual decision to leave Gerakan and he did not expect others in the party to follow him.

“I am not advocating any mass movement, but as an individual. I have the right to leave the party for the betterment of the country,” he said.

toh kin woonTan is the third senior Gerakan leader to quit the party. Last month, former Penang state exco Dr Toh Kin Woon also resigned after endorsing opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in the Permatang Pauh by-election. In April, Lee Kah Choon left Gerakan after accepting the DAP-led state government’s offer to lead Innovest Penang.

Pemuda MCA Perak pula gesa parti keluar BN

Sep 6, 08 4:31pm
Pemuda MCA Perak hari ini menggesa pucuk pimpinan pusat parti itu supaya mempertimbangkan untuk keluar daripada Barisan Nasion(BN) sekiranya para pemimpin Umno, parti politik terbesar dalam gabungan itu, tidak mahu mengubah sikap.

Mengambil contoh kenyataan Ketua Umno Bahagian Bukit Bendera Datuk Ahmad Ismail baru-baru ini, Ketua Pemuda MCA Perak Datuk Tan Chin Meng berkata pendekatan sedemikian telah menyinggung perasaan kaum bukan Bumiputera selain boleh menjejaskan perpaduan rakyat di negara ini.

“Maka Pemuda MCA Perak menyeru kepada pemimpin MCA pusat supaya mempertimbangkan sekiranya pemimpin-pemimpin Umno masih tidak ingin menukar perangai mereka, untuk keluar daripada BN,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas berucap sebelum majlis pemilihan jawatan Pemuda MCA Perak di Dewan St John Ambulans hari ini, demikian menurut laporan Bernama.

Semalam, Ahmad yang enggan memohon maaf menjelaskan beliau bukan seorang yang bersikap perkauman seperti yang dituduh dan semua kekecohan berhubung perkara itu sebenarnya berpunca daripada salah lapor sebuah akhbar berbahasa Cina.

Ahmad mendakwa ucapannya mengenai kedudukan kaum-kaum di Malaya pada zaman sebelum merdeka semasa kempen pilihanraya kecil itu dimanipulasi oleh pemberita akhbar Sin Chew Jit Poh sehingga menyebabkan masyarakat dan pemimpin Cina termasuk dari parti komponen BN membuat ulasan melulu tanpa usul periksa.

Tan, yang tidak mempertahankan jawatannya dalam pemilihan itu, berkata Pemuda MCA Perak tidak menetapkan sebarang tempoh masa untuk para pemimpin Umno mengubah sikap tetapi menegaskan mereka (pemimpin Umno) harus menunjukkan kejujuran untuk berubah.

“Saya berterima kasih kepada Perdana Menteri (Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) kerana menyuarakan BN dan Umno akan buat perubahan tetapi nampaknya pemimpin di peringkat nasional dan negeri tidak mengikuti langkah beliau,” katanya.

Tan berkata keengganan para pemimpin BN khususnya Umno untuk mengambil pengajaran daripada keputusan pilihanraya umum lalu akan menyebabkan gabungan itu akan dihukum dengan lebih teruk oleh rakyat pada pilihanraya umum ke-13.

“Punca BN kalah pada pilihanraya umum lepas disebabkan isu berkenaan pemimpin-pemimpin kita khususnya Umno yang menyuarakan perkataan atau suara yang begitu sensitif dan tidak mementingkan perasaan kaum-kaum yang lain,” katanya.

Semalam Pemangku Presiden Gerakan Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon berkata parti itu akan mengkaji semula kedudukannya dalam BN sekiranya parti komponen BN, terutamanya Umno, gagal membuat perubahan untuk mengembalikan keyakinan rakyat.

Sebelum ini, perwakilan Gerakan Perak juga membuat gesaan supaya parti itu (Gerakan) meninggalkan BN jika gabungan itu gagal menyelesaikan isu perkauman dan agama.

‘Ambil tindakan tegas’

Sementara itu, di Kuala Lumpur, Wanita MCA Selangor hari ini mendesak kepimpinan tertinggi BN supaya mengambil tindakan tegas terhadap ketua Umno bahagian Bukit Bendera berhubung dakwaan beliau terhadap masyarakat Cina.

Pengerusinya Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun berkata kenyataan Ahmad ketika berceramah pada pilihanraya kecil Parlimen Permatang Pauh baru-baru ini berbaur hasutan dan boleh memecahbelahkan perpaduan rakyat berbilang kaum.

Semasa merasmikan Perhimpunan Wanita MCA Selangor ke-33 di Wisma MCA di ibunegara, Chew berkata beliau dan seluruh Wanita MCA ingin meminta penjelasan daripada Ahmad mengenai perkara itu.

Sambil mengingatkan bahawa kaum Cina turut menyumbang kepada pembangunan
negara, beliau berkata kenyataan Ahmad itu jelas mengguris perasaan kaum Cina.

Chew berkata Majlis Tertinggi BN perlu mengeluarkan peraturan melarang anggotanya mengeluarkan sebarang dasar, kenyataan atau pendirian yang berbaur perkauman.

Sambil meminta Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi agar bertindak terhadap mana-mana pihak yang membangkitkan isu seperti itu, MCA Selangor juga meminta polis agar bertindak terhadap Ahmad kerana didakwa menghasut.

Jika tindakan tidak diambil, beliau khuatir ia akan memburukkan hubungan antara kaum di negara ini.

Di samping itu, MCA juga terpaksa mengkaji semula hubungannya dalam Barisan Nasional, katanya.

Anwar repeats ‘on track’ statement
Sep 6, 08 2:55pm

Ten days to go and Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim said today he is on track to meet the Sept 16 deadline to recruit enough members of parliament to topple the government.
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anwar pc permatang pauh 02 260808The opposition is confident it will secure the defection of at least 30 members from the ruling Barisan Nasional government – the number needed to unseat the government of Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, Anwar said.

Anwar, speaking to reporters in Jakarta after meeting with a think tank, said he was “quite positive from the initial response from the members of parliament.”

“We have seen some very positive signs, but we have also seen the desperate acts by the government, threats and using institutions to discourage them,” he said.

Government attempts to compel members of parliament to travel overseas until after his pledged Sept 16 deadline to take power would not work, Anwar said.

Probably we’ll meet on 17th

“The only issue now is that they are going to compel members of parliament to (travel to) China or overseas until after the 16th of September, so we’ll have to deal with that.

“Probably we’ll meet on the 17th because they’ll come back on the 17th,” he said.

The 61-year-old leader of the three-party Pakatan Rakyat coalition declined to name or give the number of lawmakers who have pledged to defect.

Asked if he had used his two-day trip to Jakarta to meet with potential government defectors, Anwar said: “I won’t comment on that, but I will say it’s a good visit.”

Abdullah, who is facing calls from his party to quit amid plummeting popularity, has said Anwar’s push to take power will fail.

The parties of Pakatan gained unprecedented ground against the Barisan Nasional coalition in the March general election, securing a third of parliamentary seats and five states.

– AFP

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