Thursday, May 17, 2012

Something fishy about Lim's offer to Tunku Aziz...

First, Penang CM Lim Guan Eng offered Tunku Aziz a senior fellowship at an institute after DAP refused to renew his senatorship. It was a punishment for his dissent over Bersih 3.0 and for making 'unapproved' statements to the media.

Soon after that, Lim's political secretary, Zairil Khir Johari called and repeated the offer, along with a stipend of RM50,000.

Within hours later, Lim Kit Sing made a statement that whatever Tunku Aziz's decision was, the latter and the rest of the DAP leadership must 'part as gentlemen'.

So precious was Tunku Aziz to the DAP that they have to persuade him to stay and offer him a position and cash. What does the former party vice-chairman has in his hands that his departure stirred the party so much?

Although there were suggestion that his decision to quit will not deter the Malays in DAP - and while police reports are made against Guan Eng over his offer - DAP seems to be shaken by it.

Why? DAP is in the process of wooing more Malays as members. Tunku Aziz was the only Malay holding a senior post in the party in many years. Although he is considerably a new figure in the party and for holding the position for three years, he made some 'window dressing' that DAP is not a party for the Chinese only.

He managed to change the perception that DAP is a true democratic party despite not having a leadership election for so many years.

It was under his era that some Malays, including former Umno members, joined DAP while the support for the party among radical Malay students was rising.

However, Tunku Aziz is a moderate man. Throughout his tenure as DAP vice-chairman, never had he criticised the government bluntly. As a senator, he often gave positive comments and feedback about certain government policy.

Yes, he was with the Opposition but he is constructive one. This differed him from the rest of Pakatan Rakyat MPs who would attack each and every government's policy and development approach. While he took a constructive approach, his team mates preferred to be destructive.

DAP and its allies in Pakatan Rakyat are perhaps the only Opposition team in the world that find everything is wrong about the ruling government. Nothing that the government did had gotten their support or a word of appraisal. The government may not be at all perfect but aren't they suppose to lend assistance as to how some policies could be further improved?

What made them to think that if Pakatan forms the government by winning the next general election, they will be free of errors?

That prompted Tunku Aziz to come to such a decision. He has seen how Bersih was mobilised by the Opposition to stage a coup. They wanted to change the government before fresh polls can be held. They wanted to unseat a popular government, a government elected by the people via a general election.

But perhaps Tunku Aziz knows too much about DAP's weaknesses that caused Guan Eng and friends to make such a counter offer for his senatorship...

14 comments:

karipuley said...

jai,

maybe he knows too much about lim guan eng and his secrets.

must be something BIG that both lims have to hide which prompted them to persuade tunku with that position and money.

what could it be?

hope tunku will disclose it soon!

Anonymous said...

its very unusual for lim guan eng to make such an offer to those who have whacked him and left the party.

i smell fish here...

datuk oscar said...

dah takda melayu nak ganti tempat tunku aziz dalam dap.

nak harap sakmongkol, aspan atau hatta, diorang ni memang jenis tak boleh pakai punya, takda pendirian khusus dalam politik dan perjuangan melayu.

lagipun, tunku aziz ni mungkin tau banyak rahsia parti dan rahsia pemimpinnya hinggakan dia dipujuk sdemikian rupa oleh guan eng.

Anonymous said...

is he really a moderate?

as far as i know, he is another DAP's big mouth for hitting out at umno and MCA!

ANTI PKR said...

Get your facts right before you shoot off your hips. Tunku Aziz personally did not want to renew his senatorship.

Anonymous said...

Tell me: How many times, if at all, has any BN leader said anything good about Pakatan Rakyat?

Anonymous said...

Tunku Aziz could not have stayed as a senator after publicizing his own views with regards to the BERSIH event. A stand was taken by PR as to the BERSIH event and any dissenting views between member parties should be raised internally and not to the media. This is the norm in all parties, whereby the party whip decides on the issues/matters that can be discussed internally and externally. As a partner in PR, DAP as a party supported the BERSIH event even after the authorities banned it. Continuation of Tunku Aziz as a DAP senator and maybe nomination as candidate in the next GE would have been unthinkable with such major public disagreement.

The offer was actually genuine, i.e. a fellowship in a think-tank and the stipend and benefits mentioned is what is provided for such position for such a senior person. They still needed him due to his reputation and principle and the offer was to keep him in DAP. It was initiated by Zairil Khir and LGE acted on it. For Tunku Aziz to say that it was a bribe is a bit far fetching. The timing and way the thing was offered might have not been correct in terms of protocol and respect. However, I think the Tunku thinks too much on his worth and such people (primadonnas actually)end up receiving the short end of things often both via friends and foes alike.

penangan said...

salam tn,

saya rasa ada sesuatu yg tak kena dengan DAP dan pemimpinnya yang banyak diketahui oleh tunku.

beliau mungkin menyimpan rahsia besar mengenai mereka.

kita tunggu dan lihat...

Anonymous said...

he is a proud man.

why not take the money and buy some lottery ticketS?

Anonymous said...

If opposition party did not dare to oppose, DAP might as well be MCA, a lapdog. What is the point of having an opposition party if they can't play their role. If DAP is another MCA, then, what is the different between voting MCA and DAP. And who is to highlight all the wrongs that the ruling govt. has done. If nobody opposed, wouldn't the govt. be even more bold to abuse their power and woldn't corruption also increased.

Anonymous said...

If opposition party did not dare to oppose, DAP might as well be MCA, a lapdog. What is the point of having an opposition party if they can't play their role. If DAP is another MCA, then, what is the different between voting MCA and DAP. And who is to highlight all the wrongs that the ruling govt. has done. If nobody opposed, wouldn't the govt. be even more bold to abuse their power and woldn't corruption also increased.

Anonymous said...

Sad to see all of you can't see the big fishes(they call them SHARKs) on the other dide.
What a BIG JOKE

Anonymous said...

Tunku Aziz just got a rebuke, that is all and he was not suspended, unlike MCA who suspends their youth chief for 3 years, David Choi for criticising Lynas. Even Tunku's senatorship was not stripped off. He himself did not want it to be renewed.

As compared to Hassan Ali, PAS sacked him when he voiced out not to support Anwar. So, how did DAP treat Tunku Aziz, nothing much except just a rebuke only. Even Tunku did not express confidence for PR to rule but have confidence in BN to rule, so Tunku should resign quietly and not badmouth his party. LGE is big hearted enough to offer him the post.

Anonymous said...

Anon 4:07 PM;
"Tell me: How many times, if at all, has any BN leader said anything good about Pakatan Rakyat?"

-So as voters our choice is limited to bad and worse? Or bad and bad?

-Do you read both side's media? What do you think?

AND Anon 8:08 PM;
"any dissenting views between member parties should be raised internally and not to the media. This is the norm in all parties"

When someone says something you don't like, you should say something back. Is it democracy if you do something to him/her physically/using power?

"They still needed him due to his reputation and principle and the offer was to keep him in DAP."

"For Tunku Aziz to say that it was a bribe is a bit far fetching."

So is there something wrong with his principle?

-Naj