Wednesday, April 19, 2006

What if we also disagree with Kit Siang-leh ?

Today's New Straits Times quoted PM Abdullah as saying that scrapping the building of the "crooked" or "scenic" bridge is not only "an unanimous Cabinet decision" which even receives the support of Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang. As I have said, whether the Cabinet decision was "unanimous" is still questionable because no record of Cabinet deliberation on the subject has been declassified and released to prove it.

The new point, however, is that Pak Lah claims that EVEN Opposition Leader Lim Siang supports the so-called "unanimous Cabinet decision". It shows, first and foremost, there are indeed serious discontent on the ground and the lack of popular confidence in the Umno's traditional and what-is-new-? 'pom-pom girls' like MCA to the extent that Oppositiom Leader Lim Kit Siang has to be drafted or co-opted, wittingly or unwittingly, to tactically serve the purpose of covering BN's credibility deficit on the issue with the ancient hope that no other opposition leaders, members, supporters or sympathisers dare to disagree anymore.

TIME HAS CHANGED, dudes. People are not merely asking whether the government has done the right thing but also whether it has done the thing right.

Has Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang really given support to the so-called "unanimous Cabinet decision"? I think it is best left to him to answer because he has made so many press statements and parliamentary speeches with complicated sentences that it is him who is the best and true interpreter of what he himself has exactly said, has actually not said or has merely been reported or misreported by either unintelligently loyal supporters or smartly malicious foes to have said.

What is rather clear to me is that the real or nominally real top leader of DAP Lim Guan Eng has made a statement in support of ex-PM Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad's call for referendum. So, who is actually in charge or in command, Kit Siang or Guan Eng?

Why doesn't Pak Lah accept Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad's call for referendum because it is supported by DAP and its secretary-general? Has Pak Lah forgotten or not been updated that the secretary-general of DAP is now Lim Guan Eng, not Lim Kit Siang anymore. The veteran is even no longer the party's chairman for a while now.

Assuming Kit Siang did really issue statement or statements in support of the decision in his capacity as the Opposition Leader but not a DAP leader, then a question arises as to whether he has made prior consultation with, and obtained majority agreement from, other Opposition MPs, including those of PAS and KeADILan.

Surely, modern and world-class politicians should know they cannot express personal opinions using the office of either the Prime Minister or Parliamentary Opposition Leader. I am sure intelligent people like Kit Siang have also noticed Zam's (and probably also Najib's) dilemma now.

By the way, Kit Siang has also called for the sacking or resignation of the IGP Mohd Bakri Omar as well as International Trade and Industry Minister Rafidah Aziz. Why does not the prime Minister also cite Kit Siang's 'authority' on these issues and execute the Opposition Leader's recommendations accordingly?

Why the selective reading of Kit Siang's statements?

To PM Abdullah's credit, he is also quoted as saying that "people can continue to dispute it", which incidentally means that the earlier claim unilaterally made by the New Straits Times that "the people support it" is highly questionable.

DAP backs Mahathir's call for referendum


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