More of Ketuanan Rakyat cracking: ‘Bagi bunga kepada beruk’

Previously, we discussed about MB Selangor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s days are numbered and probable very sticky sucession plan as there are infightings within Pakatan Rakyat (PR) strange bedfellows and intra party ‘sibling rivalry’. It seems the problem is worsening, especially taken on the official front.

The Star has the story:

Wednesday September 23, 2009

Hasan Ali a thorn in Selangor, say Pakatan Rakyat reps


KLANG: Trouble is brewing in Selangor Pakatan Rakyat with its members turning on PAS, specifically Datuk Dr Hasan Ali, who has become increasingly isolated over the last few days over his many outbursts.

Speaker Teng Chang Khim, who is from DAP, has singled out the Selangor PAS commissioner and exco member as the “only problem” in the partnership that was forged after the March 8 general election.

“There is no communication breakdown among coalition members. Hasan Ali is the only problem in the coalition and he has been consistently inconsistent on various issues,” he said, adding that as exco member, Dr Hasan could have brought up his dissatisfaction through the right channels.

Dr Hasan’s most recent outburst was the calling for a revamp of the Select Committee for Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat), which had come under fire from him for their “grilling” of senior civil servants over allocations.

He had argued that members of Selcat — which is currently staffed by legislative assembly members from both Pakatan and Barisan Nasional — should be made up of eminent persons without political inclinations.

Prior to this, Dr Hasan had also quarrelled with DAP exco member Ronnie Liu over the sale of beer in the state and had wanted to impose a blanket ban on alcohol sale in retail outlets in Muslim majority areas.

Teng, who heads Selcat, said the executive council had weekly meetings.

“There is no reason why he should attack Selcat in the open. He’s trying to take advantage of the situation to gain politically,” he alleged.

DAP Klang MP Charles Santiago was more blunt, calling for Dr Hasan to be disciplined by his party leaders and removed as both state commissioner and exco member.

“We will be stronger and better in Selangor without him. PAS should remove him to protect our best interests.

“He is wrongfully giving the impression that things are not well. There always appears to be two voices to everything with him around,” he added.

“He wants to send a message that he is the one who will protect the Malays in Selangor,” claimed Santiago.

Even Dr Hasan’s party colleague Saari Sungib, who is a Selcat member, has distanced himself, saying that the former should be referred to the House Privileges Committee for making public outbursts.

PKR exco member Yaakob Sapari denied any cracks, saying the group practised freedom of speech and encouraged people to speak up.

“We are allowed to say anything we want and air our views. There’s no problem among us,” he said, pointing out that Dr Hasan’s voicing of opinion should not be misconstrued as trouble.

PAS exco member Iskandar Abdul Samad said it was natural for Pakatan members, who were from three different political parties with different ideologies and philosophies, to have opposing views at times.

“That doesn’t mean there’s a rift between us, because at the end of the day, we can all sit down together, discuss the matter amicably and arrive at a single decision,” he said, adding that any final decision rested with the state’s executive council.

Dr Hasan was not available for comment at press time.


Maybe DAP Selangor DUN Speaker Teng and MP Santiago ‘conveniently forgotten’ that Dr Hasan is not only ‘thorn in Selangor ‘PR’s bottoms’, despite DAP has this really prickly ‘unholy marriage of inconvenience; with PAS. Especially when DAP Chairman Karpal Singh sounded out PAS Leadership via mainstream media. When DAP elected representatives were ‘entangled’ with law (pertaining to linakges with Lords of the Underworld Vices), it was PKR Gombak ADUN who called for State Exco to be revamped. Another PKR representatives, who was a former DAP MP lauds the call. To falsely maintain ‘unity’ within PR is pertinent at this junction, as bigger agenda for that looms defacto PR Leader Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim is more damning.

This ‘freedom of speech’ excuse is really unbelievable as the bickering is taken out in the open and sundry. This is what you get strange bedfellows with totally opposite dreams, aspirations and ambitions get married for the ‘inconvenience’ and all the wrong reasons.

Not only PR Leaders spend too much resources playing politics against BN, they play politics amongst themselves. All these are at the expense of the general interests of the rakyat of Selangor. Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad always reminded Malaysians that they “Deserve the Government they elect”. Within eighteen months, so many  conundrum and scandals developed. Of course the failure of party-less Opposition Leader Anwar “Mat King Leader” Ibrahim to deliver promises is the push-factor that the support for PR should be reviewed at this juncture.

The future of Malaysians and progress of tanahair should not be gambled, for the sake of emotions and confidence based on false hopes. For what ever the short comings of the previous administration, it is proven gravely wrong that the support has been given to the wrong people just like Selangorians should no longer give ‘flower to the monkey’ (Beri bunga kepada beruk). On top of that, some of theese damages caused by ‘giving the rat to fix the pumpkin’ (Bagi tikus membaiki labu) would definitely take years if not decades to undo and get things on the right track, all over again.


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