Number seven coming up?

Recently, two Penang DAP Leaders had a lot spat in the open. Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi criticized how the system for Penangites to be relocated and application for low cost houses is being managed.

‘DAP’s feuding leaders will leave poor homeless’

Teoh El Sen| July 28, 2011

Penang MCA wants DAP leaders Jeff Ooi and Wong Hon Wai to bury the hatchet and look after the state’s poor. Ooi also comes under fire from his state party chief.

PETALING JAYA: Two DAP leaders are at loggerheads over a name list for low-cost housing in Batu Lanchang, Penang, and the Penang MCA has gleefully stepped into the fray by saying the real losers will be the poor who need a roof over their head.

Penang MCA advisor Koay Kar Huah has asked the two feuding DAP reps to put their differences aside and attend to the housing needs of Penang’s poor.

It was reported today that Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi and state Town and Country Planning, Housing and Arts Committee chairman Wong Hon Wai are at loggerheads over a name list for low-cost houses in Batu Lanchang.

The fued came out in the open when Wong, who is also state DAP treasurer, had claimed that Ooi did not do his homework when submitting a name list of 178 people who applied to buy low-cost houses in his constituency. This was reported in the Chinese press.

Ooi then retaliated, saying it was a “baseless claims” and called on Wong, whom he labelled as a “little Napoleon”, to resign his post. Ooi is also Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s chief of staff.

Said Koay:” When Barisan Nasional helmed Penang state, there never was a need to hold press conference condemning fellow party comrades publicly.”

“DAP had criticised the existence of little Napoleans when they were still in the opposition, vowing to rid the state administration of cronyism. But now that they are in power, not only are they unable to remove little Napoleans, DAP state government office bearers are also steeped in bureaucratic red tape.”

“Poor communication between Ooi and Wong does not address the problem of helping Penang’s poor who are urgently in need of a roof over their heads,” he said.

Wong’s own agenda?

Koay then said Wong’s “delaying tactics” does not follow the DAP state policy of CAT(competency, accountability and transparency) and questioned if Wong had his own agenda.

“If more documents are needed (for the name list), then Wong should have informed Ooi, or, does Wong have his own list of benefactors?”

Koay said both Ooi and Wong should have talked to each other before lashing out openly in the press conferences.

Koay said since 2008, the Penang state government has not launched any low-cost public housing and was in direct violation of its Pakatan Rakyat Common Policies Framework “to increase the number of affordable housing”

“Considering that property prices have escalated in the last two years, leaving Penang’s poor homeless, the DAP-led Penang state government should concentrate on immediately constructing low-cost homes for the poor rather than having their elected representatives embarrass themselves in public with open hostility.”

State chief hits out at Ooi

In another development, Ooi also come under fire from Penang DAP chief Chow Kon Yeow.

Chow said that Ooi has “gone overboard with his public attacks” and had “crossed the line of decency”.

The state exco also said it was a DAP party policy that internal channels should be used to resolve misunderstandings or problems but Ooi had “chosen to ignore this instruction”

“After this latest round of public attacks, the party cannot stop members from initiating disciplinary complaints against Ooi,” warned Chow, who also Padang Kota state assemblyman and Tanjung MP.

Chow said Ooi had claimed that Wong attacked him through the media but he himself had failed to look himself in the mirror especially with regards “his behaviour and attitude in recent years” when Ooi himself had “on numerous occasions, used media channels to openly lambast party leaders.”

Chow also said that DAP elected representatives meet for discussions on a weekly basis and MPs and state reps could raise such issues during such a consultation platform.

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Ooi had a basis for his complaints. These past two years, a lot  of local authority related problems particular in the angle of housing development, relocation and issuance of low cost housing grabbed the attention of nationwide media. Names like Kg. Buah Pala and Kg. Tanjung Tokong crops up to mind instantly. Penang is also not free from urban poverty issues, especially on the island.

So many DAP Leaders in Penang already voiced their concerns for affordable housing. The pressure came about the forming a Housing Board, modeled after the Singapore system. Wong Hon Wai as the Exco in charge supposed to move this agenda. However, he didn’t do much.

As the Chief of Staff in the Chief Minister’s Office, he needed more to be done for his own constituents. However, this episode proven that Chinese Chauvinist DAP are unable to manage the Penang State Government as some of them, like Wong, is clueless how to innovate and solve the rakyat’s problems.

This spat, has now move another gear upwards. Ooi is expected to be called in by the DAP Disciplinary Commitee:

Jeff Ooi to face disciplinary committee on Aug 5

August 2, 2011

The committee wants to know why he chose to go to the media to air his criticism against fellow state leader in Penang.

KUALA LUMPUR: DAP central committee member and Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi will face the party’s Disciplinary Committee this Friday after calling for the resignation of Penang state executive councillor Wong Hon Wai.

DAP Disciplinary Committee (DC) chairman Tan Kok Wai said the committee had asked Ooi to be present at the hearing which would be held at the party headquarters here at 4pm on Friday.

“We have called him to appear at the hearing to explain his action. We want to know why he chose to go to the media to air his criticism. The DC will look into this, the truth behind it,” he told Bernama when contacted.

Tan said the DC was not just about meting out punishment for the wrongdoings of party members, but also played an important role to uplift the image or reputation of the party.

“There are unlimited avenues in the party for the leaders or grassroots members to voice out their criticism. People will not support the party if it is seen lacking in discipline,” he said.

Ooi, the chief of staff for Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, and Wong who is also the state DAP treasurer, had been exchanging barbs over low-cost housing applications in Penang.

It was reported that Ooi and Wong, who is state Town and Country Planning, Housing and Arts Committee chairman, were at loggerheads over a name list for low-cost houses in Batu Lanchang.

The feud came out in the open when Wong claimed that Ooi did not do his homework when submitting a name list of 178 people who applied to buy low-cost houses in his constituency.

Ooi then retaliated, saying it was a “baseless claim” and called on Wong, whom he labelled as a “little Napoleon”, to resign from his post.

Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow, who is state Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman, said Ooi had gone “overboard and crossed the line of decency” in his attacks.

Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, had issued a gag order to party members from making statements over the spat between the two.

Asked if Wong would also be called for the hearing, Tan said it was not necessary at the moment.

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So, most likely Penang State Exco and Chinese Chauvinist DAP ADUN for Batu Lanchang Wong Won Hai would not be called in for the hearing is a sign that DAP is out to get Ooi. Like what have been seen Chinese Chauvinist DAP before, they don’t tolerate dissent. Whenever there is one dissenting voice, they quickly apprehend, reprimand and even sack, like in the case of then DAP rising-star Bukit Bintang MP Wee Choo Keong.

If and when Ooi be reprimaded, wouldn’t he retaliate? After all, Ooi criticized Wong for his lackluster as a State Exco and the former was serving the rakyat in his constituency.

Are we seeing ‘Number Seven’ here (After Dato’ Seri Zahrain Hashim, Tan Tee Beng, Mohsin Fadzil, Wee Choo Keong, Dato’ Zulkifli Nordin and Gobalakrishnan) after this?

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