Democratic Action Party (DAP) would be having its national congress in Penang on next weekend. Its their 16th national convention. This is an interesting convention because of the resolutions that were derived from DAP conventions at state level.
Amongst the resolutions that were passed from these state level conventions:
1. Protest against the privatization of AES instead the program should be managed directly the Police and JPJ and all summons passed straight to the Treasury
2. The support for the proposed ‘Anti Hopping Law’ and urge all DUNs to table and passed at each state assemblies
3. Support all anti corruption and graft initiatives and efforts
4. CEC and state DAP leaders should avoid criticizing amongst themselves within the party
5. Federal Government should heed for the DAP’s call to close down Lynas and its operations
6. All party leaders should focus on environment issues and ensure the rakyat’s quality of life is improved
7. All party leaders at branch level should pay attention to party leaders’ activities and provide assistance and logistics for them
8. All state DAP leaders should notify leaders at branch level and get them to participate in all party activities
9. All elected DAP representatives should be fair and serving all quarters of the society
What is interesting to note, DAP confidence in other states such as Perak, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan is waning. Even in Sarawak. DAP is no longer focusing their attention and effort to states like Perak and Negeri Sembilan, where all these while they claim that these are “Almost ours” battlegrounds.
The DAP national convention in Penang demonstrate they are desperate to ‘circle the wagon’ and hold on to what is close to them and apparently the best bet for them at this juncture, instead drawing a formidable battle ground in states where once they declared as ‘front lines’. Compare them to PKR which held their annual convention last year in Johor, as Anwar Ibrahim felt it is necessary for them to draw their battle lines in Johor, a BN strong hold.
DAP’s desperation for support is evident in their sordid effort to use various religious groups for their ‘Politics of Hatred’ agenda. This is DAP Secretary General’s strategic move, to capture the imagination of a bigger circle within the Non Malay society
The fact is that, the support for the party is waning. Even amongst DAP members, they are openly bitching against the party. It is evidently clear that the Selangor DAP convention in mid November, where they barely manage to get the 25% quorum for the meeting to proceed.
The Penang DAP convention last Sunday, half of delegates left after lunch. The Kedah DAP state, national Wanita and DAPSY conventions will take place and it is interesting. It is also interesting to highlight that this is the first time in 40 years that Wanita DAP is having an election for their leaders. All the while, CEC decide who will appointed as office bearers.
That is democracy, DAP style.
The growing number of party members not happy with the nepotism within the party. So much so, the party Chairman Karpal Singh put forth the notion that ‘one candidate, one seat’ suggestion. On the 12GE, majority of Lim Guan Eng’s henchmen hold seats as MPs and ADUNs. Personalities like Ngeh Koo Ham, Nga Kor Ming, Teresa Kok and Anthony Loke are Lim Guan Eng.
Teresa Kok is a good example for a personality who is favored by Lim Guan Eng. Only only she is MP for Seputeh, ADUN for Kinrara and an Exco for Selangor State Government. She is also DAP national organising secretary. She also is said to be paid extra RM 10,000.00 for not able to ascend as the Selangor Menteri Besar post 12GE, when DAP aspired to run the state.
The Democratic Action Party is the least ‘democratic’ political party in the nation. Delegates to the national convention elect the 20 Central Executive Committee members. Positions such as Secretary General and Deputy Secretary Generals are left to be decided behind closed doors amongst the 20 CEC members.
This is the reflection of the ‘communist iron clad’ power play as the tradition of DAP.
The fact is that, DAP has now been splintered. There is Perak DAP. There is one side Kedah DAP and they and Penang DAP don’t actually see eye-to-eye. Naturally, someone who was deposed from Melaka DAP would find it prickly to have a firm footing in Penang DAP. And more and more within Penang DAP is getting uneasy with their Johor-born-Melaka-politician imposing himself against the sensitivities of indigenous Penangites as their Chief Minister.
If the issue of democracy is raised, then the freedom to voice out should be the two weeks ago CEC had a meeting that outlined the warning to talk to media, especially mainstream ahead of the national convention where CEC election is the main agenda. Last week’s Penang DAP convention, reporters from NST and Utusan Malaysia were barred from covering the event.
The fact is that in the DAP Constitution, the Secretary General post is limited to three terms only. If Lim Guan Eng is appointed to the Secretary General again by CEC next Sunday, then this should be his last term. Unless DAP will amend their constitution. However, amendment will be reflective for DAP upholding the dictatorship for the Lim Dynasty.
DAP leaders lately have become too dictatorial and combined with their neglect on the grassroots, more and more members are getting uneasy. Factions are now building in Selangor, because of leaders like Teresa Kok and Ronnie Liu and Perak in the likes of Ngeh Koo Ham and Ngar Kor Him.
The proxy fights in this DAP convention is very apparent. Example is in Selangor DAP leadership is Teresa Kok versus Teng Chang Kim. In Penang, the Prof P Ramasamy versus Karpal Singh. Lim Guan is forming his ‘Tokong’ dictatorial controls in strategic state leaderships. What happened in Perak DAP when Hee Yit Foong turned her back against the Perak Pakatan Rakyat, it was all about the dictatorship of Ngeh and Ngar in the state.
The relationship between DAP and the enstranged-backstabbing-bedfellow-partners-in-a-marriage-of-holy-(in)convenience is very prickly. It was said that today, Former Penang PAS Youth Leader Ustaz Hafiz Nordin presented a cake to Lim Guan Eng. The cake is white on the outside but black in the inside. It is a reflection of how PAS feels about Lim.
The fact is that Lim is firming his dictatorial agenda using his ’28 Floor Boys’. They are blatant in wielding their power, much like any stalinist-communist leadership. For example, Vice Chairman Tunku Aziz tenure as a Senator representing Penang was not renewed for criticizing against the BERSIH 3.0. He resigned and spoke against DAP, especially Lim Guan Eng.
DAP is about a group of minority trying to impose their Chinese Chauvinist and Anti Constitution agenda via ‘Politics of Hatred’. Within DAP itself, much smaller circle of minority is imposing themselves into the party of minority. No wonder Lim Kit Siang is still calling the shots even after 45 years.