Anything is possible in DAP if you have the cables and the political connections.
Even secret society elements have crept into DAP’s administration. It can even influence party decisions and all.
The recent U-turn by DAP’s central executive committee, has cut short the six month suspension on Pulau Tikus assemblyman Koay Teng Hai to just a month.
He was said to have defied a written directive from Guan Eng to attend a crucial Penang state assembly meeting to pass the state’s anti-party hopping laws on Nov 1, last year.
The reduced suspension would most probably allow Koay to be re-nominated for the next general election.
Koay was away in the United States during the assembly meeting and his absence and that of another assemblyman left the ruling Pakatan Rakyat coalition with just 27 representatives – the minimum number required for a two-thirds majority – to pass the law.
The story goes that Koay escaped with a slap on the wrist of a mere one month suspension because of the interference of his “tai kor” cousin Datuk Loh Geok Beng who is the Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce advisor.
Datuk Loh is also a feared triad leader who has now ventured into property development. Apparently some years back he was banished to another state over a murder case which police could not gather sufficient evidence to prosecute him.
Datuk Loh is also a close ally of Penang’s kingmaker Tan Sri Tan Kok Ping who advices Tokong on his political strategies.
It is learnt that Datuk Loh has agreed to donate an undisclosed sum of money to the DAP for the general election in return for reducing the suspension on Koay.
Who says there is no money politics in DAP. There is a price for anything.