“Politics is all about playing a game and I’m in despair, I don’t want to play anymore!” declared DAP Berapit state assembly member Lydia Ong Kok Fooi.
Ong, who started her career with feminist movements, told Sin Chew Daily that she will not be contesting the next general election, emotionally lamenting that there is no hope for the BN, and even the highly expected Pakatan Rakyat has changed.
“Someone said that I don’t know how to play the political game and I told that person I know the game and its rules, but I just don’t want to play it as I don’t want to go against my conscience,” she said.
Ong said that she joined politics regardless of her family’s disapproval, as she thought that as a citizen, she should fight for the country. However, she has failed to achieve her ideal so far.
“As my grandfather said, ‘we really can do nothing about it’,” she said.
‘Pakatan Rakyat takes the old path of its opponent’
She stressed that she is not in despair only of BN’s attitude, but also Pakatan Rakyat’s fight for power, which is actually taking the old path of its opponent.
She wonders whether everyone is still thinking that Pakatan Rakyat can bring regime change.
“Pakatan Rakyat has failed to take over the power even in the 2013 general election, obviously, it is impossible for it to achieve the target in the next general election.
“The country really needs a clean and honest policy maker to lead us,” she said.
Ong also recalled some events along her political career.
She said that on the night when the DAP won Penang in the 2008 general election, party members encouraged and supported each other. It was a team, the force needed in politics. However, time tells and all facts and fights have become increasingly clear. Continue reading
The controversy surrounding the Bukit Relau illegal hill clearing in Penang has taken a new twist after documents showed that the DAP-led state government had rezoned the green area from reserve land to residential land.
The shocking revelation comes after a letter from the state Town and Country Planning Department to the landowners was adduced in a defamation suit hearing on Friday.
In the letter dated Dec 3, 2012, the department informed the landowner, General Accomplishment Sdn Bhd, that their appeal to rezone the 986m hilltop was approved by the State Planning Committee (SPC). The SPC is chaired by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
“Based on the decision by the SPC No. 10/2012 dated Nov 20, 2012 and approved on Dec 3, 2012, we state that the committee agrees to approve the application to rezone the area to housing,” the letter read.
It was signed by Penang Town and Country Planning director Zainuddin Ahamad and copied to the Penang Island Municipal Council’s Town and Country Planning Department.
Lim was not available for comment. It was previously reported in an English daily that the surrounding 23ha hill was rezoned from hill land to low-density housing land in 2012.
However, the daily cited sources and the letter was not sighted until now.
Between February and May 2013, a football-field sized portion (0.8ha) of Bukit Relau facing the Penang Bridge was cleared.
In June 2013, after a downpour, the retaining wall of a under-construction housing area at the foot of the hill gave way. Continue reading
Source: Din Merican
As someone who admires you over many years, it pains me to read about your political tussle with the incumbent Prime Minister, Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak, concerning his administration. It is also sad to note that our Prime Minister has not responded satisfactorily to issues you raised with regard to 1MDB financial affairs, the brutal murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu, the Mongolian model, and the management of the Malaysian economy.
Most of us agree that the Najib administration is incompetent, inept and corrupt. But there are some differences of opinion about whether he should resign or stay in office. Apparently, UMNO, of which Dato’ Seri Najib is President, is solidly behind him. Key leaders of the party including his predecessor, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the Youth Wing, and your critics in UMNO have pledged their support.
Najib is confident he can hold his own against your incessant attacks and those of pro-Mahathir bloggers like Dato Kadir Jasin and Syed Outside the Box, among others, that he can ignore you and allow his supporters to launch a series of counter-attacks against you and your associates. You have been checkmated by a much younger leader and consummate politician who inherited a powerful office from you. Najib knows power and he knows how to use it.
In Kedah, there has been some moves to ask your son, Menteri Besar, Kedah Dato Seri Mukhriz Mahathir to step down from his post. Najib cannot be dislodged from office without a “smoking gun” with regard to various allegations against him. It is not likely that people in his party will come forth to provide irrefutable evidence of his wrongdoings.
Allegations will remain allegations and there is no way you and your supporters can convince us at this stage that he should be asked to resign. In fact, what I see is that unlike Tun Abdullah, he is determined to cling to power and fight those who are bent on his removal. With the levers of power and money at his disposal, the odds of success are stacked in his favour.
Why is this so? My answer is a simple one. You made it possible and are now witnessing the consequences of your craftsmanship. While you were in power (1981- 2003), you were able to create an all powerful Executive Branch, making the Judiciary (with the dismissal of Lord President Tun Salleh Abas in 1988), Parliament, the much respected civil service, the Police and the Armed Forces subservient to the Prime Minister. Our system of checks and balances in public administration was destroyed. Continue reading
Source: Clement Hii – Facebook
The Pakatan MPs had been screaming their heads off against the controversial Pota Bill and its possible abuses if passed as law. Then they went missing at the most crucial moment of the final vote. If talk is cheap, then being absent and silent is rather expensive.
It looks more like a pasar tani than a protest judging from the pathetic turn out at Padang Merbok today.
In short, the PAS organised anti-GST has become a complete failure.
Those who turned up preferred to stay under the shades of the trees at the side.