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.