Saturday, October 11, 2008

'Flip-Flop' Abdullah the Father of Democracy?: Malaysiakini


Newly minted Gerakan President Dr Koh Tsu Koon shows his indecisiveness again. Earlier in his speech, he has urged Barisan Nasional and the federal government to expedite reforms in order to regain public support.

Chief among the needed reforms was the establishment of the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) which was crucial in restoring judicial independence, he stressed. Koh said other areas of reforms should cover the Internal Security Act (ISA), Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA) and the University and University Colleges Act (UUCA).

Koh said since then voters had become unhappy with poor delivery systems, impatient with delay in reforms and critical towards abuse and arrogance of power, corruption and various forms of extremism.

Abdullah has promised to establish the Independent Police Complaint and Misconduct Commission suggested by the Royal Commission of Police report. Nothing happened and he is still calling for the implementation of the watered down Special Compliant Commission. It is obvious that the IPCMC will not see the light because the ruling regime still need the service of the police as errand boys.

During his administration, Abdullah has taken stern action against the press, used the ISA against political dissidents and even a reporter. He has allowed his UMNO boys to utter racist statements and threats and get away lightly. The recent bigotry showed by Ahmad Ismail is a classic example of Abdullah's one-sided 'tolerance'.

Yet, Dr Koh paid tribute to outgoing Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. He said that Pak Lah had initiated reforms and was an advocate for democracy and greater space for open discussions.

“He can be rightly called the ‘Father of Democracy’ for Malaysia,” he said.

Dr Koh should be rightly called the "Father of Indecisiveness". He should really make up his mind. He calls for effort to expedite reforms and yet praise Abdullah for the reforms he had initiated - all in the same speech!

I am not too sure if Abdullah is the father of democracy but more an accidental agent of change.

But surely, we should hail both Dr Koh and Abdullah as fathers of flip-flop.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dr.Koh must be kidding to say that our lame duck PM should be called Father of Democracy.Infact,both are the same feather and should be called Father of incompetency.He is infact disgrace to we,Malaysians as he did not walk his talk and honour his pledges.

Anonymous said...

Pak Lak is father of __________ (nothing)

Koh Tsu Koon talk through his posterior. He is a bottom eating
creature. He is a disgrace of Gerakan. He is even a bigger disgrace to the Chinese community.

Anonymous said...

It is a foregone conclusion that Dr Koh is NOT prepared to lead Gerakan out of BN. As we all know, Dr Koh is a YES man and he will continue to behave as a NATO (No Action Talk Only).

True Blue Penangite

Anonymous said...

Koh Tsu Koon is Father of Ball Carriers!

Anonymous said...

koh tsu koon father of all eunuch

PL said...

Such statement coming from KTK, no wonder Gerakan lost big time.

Anonymous said...

anon 8.57

i repeat after you "KTK is the Father of all Ball Carriers"

dont be surprise. he is now thinking of a Bapak title for Najib alreadylah.

Jason ANG-blog shooter said...

If this statement happen in Singapore u will be jailed soon. I 100% agreed with Dr Koh sited PM adullah is the father of democracy, you know why ? otherwise how the PKR and be easily takeover some many state, just because PM respect the democracy, but does not been i like him and sited him.

Anonymous said...

You can be sure that Gerakan will be wiped out from the next general election.

Its a party that has lost its principles. It does not know what it is fighting for now, except to ensure its survival by bending so low that it is a real disgrace to the people of Penang.

Penang UMNO has clearly showed who is the master and who is the servant(recall the Ahmad Ismail incident where photo of Koh was ripped in front of the TV screens and newspapers without any feelings of remorse).

People of Penang and grass-root members of Gerakan do you want to back a party that has became an eunuch in the BN coalition?

If only the Gerakan members would listen to the ground they will know what impression the people are having of them...
Such a sad predicament for a party that was once founded to fight for the rights of the people.

Stevie said...

Mr Khoo, you are being kind by calling Dr. Koh the "Father of Indecisiveness". He should rightly be called the "Father of Apple-Polisher" or "Father of Balls-carrier" or "Father without Balls". What a disgrace to the community that Dr.

Anonymous said...

who is this koh tsu koon ah? wat is gerakan ah? hmm..cannot find them in my history books also..

Anonymous said...

Hi Jason Ang,

If you think PM is the Father of Democracy (simply because PKR wrestled 5 states during recent election), then are you implying that all previous PMs were not 'democratic' (as oppositions barely won any seats)?

Why Gerakan did not allow resolution on 'Gerakan to stay or not' be discussed during recent party election? Were the leaders trying to ignore feedback from grassroots?


True Blue Penangite

Jason ANG-blog shooter said...

TO Anonymous said...

please show you respect to our President OK, you mother never tot you this ah, Kanasai. what you mean ball carrier? kaninia

I think you are BO CHI, coward talk rubbish around and not dare to show your identity, really BO CHI. oh oh maybe you are women really bo chi hahaha

Anonymous said...

Pak Lah is the Father in Law of Khairy and Father of Kamaluddin.
Dr Koh Tsu Koon, Founder of Balls Carriers Association..not even a father.

Anonymous said...

Jason, I agreed with you.
If not Pak Lah ...Anwar still in Jail. If not Pak Lah , there is NO 308, If not Pak Lah, LKE no chance to be PENANG CM. If not Pak Lah, KKP still in Gerakan. If not Pak Lah, you guy got no chance to KAP XIAO in blog.

Khoo Kay Peng said...

If not for KTK and the eunuchs, many leaders will still be in Gerakan.

Get real...

toolan said...

Like hokkiens and I am sure all Penangites will say...."King of Poh Lam Pah"......

Anonymous said...

Aiyoh Jason pls keep your mouth shut and go back and carry your father of all eunuch balls. Oops, I think eunuch tak ada bolalah.

Anonymous said...

Eh Bro, what do you think about the Gerakan election? Especially the part where Keng Yaik's son won. I read about this person from Kedah (Tan Keng Liang) who said PM transition plan must be consulted with other BN learder. But this guy lost also. Any views on your side??? KTK also won uncontested.

Anonymous said...

Kay Peng, write something about Gerakan election. Do u think Lim Si Pin can lead the party in future and take over from KTK???

Khoo Kay Peng said...

Dear Anon 1:12 and 1:13,

In my several press interviews I have outlined three things Gerakan must do in order to reverse its fortunes.

First, what is the party's stand on racial politics. If the party leadership wants to go back to basic, it must choose the right path. It cannot embrace racial partners such as UMNO, MIC and MCA. Otherwise, it must be prepared to suggest the formation of a single multiracial BN party, which it did, as the single most important requirement for it to stay in the coalition. Is Tsu Koon prepared to make this stand?

Second, the party must address the important issue of using draconian laws to shut up and persecute political opponents. Gerakan cannot shout its opposition against ISA but continue to stay in the coalition which passes the use of ISA. If the party continues to make noises but show no action, how many people can be convinced that Gerakan is the right party to support?

Third, the party's stand on the NEP and Malay supremacy is very crucial. Just like its opposition of ISA, the party cannot just shout review but continue to part of a government which practices unfair affirmative policy. Worse, this policy is abused for personal interests.

Just give an example, can you continue to work, eat, sleep and have fun with a dangerous armed gang and yet claim that you are against their activities? If you are really serious, you would call the police.

The fact that I am not writing about the party is because I do not see any new hope with its new leadership.

There are many more important things to focus on.