Najib: Kah Choon should not work for DAPPosted: April 22, 2008
Apparently, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was quoted yesterday to have said that he personally thinks that it is okay for Kah Choon to accept the two positions offered to him. This is the second update on this issue in the last couple of hours.. Can’t these politicians get their facts right?
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he would leave it to Gerakan to act against its former deputy secretary-general Lee Kah Choon, who has accepted a director’s post in the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) and InvestPenang.
Gerakan, a component party in Barisan Nasional (BN), had been leading the Penang government up to the March 8 general election, when it fell into Pakatan Rakyat (PR) hands. “It is for the party to decide. It is up to Penang BN to do what they want. For me, it’s okay as long as there is no clash in policy,” he said at a brief press conference after attending a function in Kuala Lumpur today.
“Perhaps this opens ways for cooperation (between BN and PR).”
Abdullah, who is also BN chairperson, was commenting on Lee’s acceptance of the offer to join the two key investment development agencies in the Penang government.
Taken from BigDog’s site, as quoted from Malaysiakini.
PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has also opposed to Kah Choon’s move to accept the two positions offered by the Pakatan Rakyat government in Penang
Kah Choon cannot go against BN spirit, says Abdullah
KUALA LUMPUR, April 22 (Bernama) — The move by Datuk Lee Kah Choon to accept the posts of director of Penang Development Corporation and chairman of the executive committee of InvestPenang is opposed to the Barisan Nasional (BN) spirit, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Tuesday.
Abdullah, who is also BN chairman, said Kah Choon cannot accept the two posts offered by the Penang state government before conferring with the Gerakan leadership.
The former Gerakan deputy secretary-general must first seek the views and decision of the party leadership on the offer, he told Bernama.
“I want to hear the views of Gerakan acting president (Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon) on this matter.
“Any subsequent action on Kah Choon will be left to the Gerakan to decide on,” he added.
Original article here.
It’s been in the news recently that Datuk Lee Kah Choon, former Deputy Secretary-General of Gerakan has been appointed by the Pakatan Rakyat government in Penang to head a couple of the state’s economic agnecies.
Former Deputy Gerakan sec-gen joins agencies
PENANG: The state government has appointed former Gerakan deputy secretary-general Datuk Lee Kah Choon as director of InvestPenang and Penang Development Corporation (PDC), two of the state’s economic development agencies.
Lee, a 48-year-old lawyer, said he would withdraw from active politics to dedicate his time to his new appointments.
“I have accepted Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s offer after serious thought, consultation and considerations. I think everyone understands it was a very difficult decision to make, especially if we follow partisan politics,” he said in a press conference held yesterday at the Chief Minister’s office.
“However, after evaluating all options and consequences, I concluded these new roles will not compromise my original purpose of serving Penang and its people, which was my objective when I first went into politics 11 years ago,” Lee said.
Full article here.
After this happened, which was reported yesterday, today Najib, the Deputy Prime Minister has spoken. He is saying that Kah Choon has made a wrong move by “working for the opposition party”.
Bad move, Kah Choon told
KUALA LUMPUR: Members of Barisan Nasional component parties should not take up appointments in Pakatan Rakyat-led state governments, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
Commenting on former Gerakan deputy secretary-general Datuk Lee Kah Choon’s decision to accept the appointments as director of InvestPenang and Penang Development Corporation, he said:
“Since this is a party matter, I want to know Gerakan’s stand on this because. As a matter of principle, Barisan doesn’t encourage or allow any of its members to be working for the Opposition,” he said.
Gerakan adviser Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik it would be difficult for Lee as both Gerakan and DAP would be suspicious of him.
“Gerakan will be wary of him as he will be promoting the agenda of the Pakatan Rakyat state government while DAP would be guarded as he is still a Gerakan member.
In Penang, Chief Minister Guan Eng said Lee’s appointment did not mean that the DAP did not have enough expertise.
He said the state government was charting a new course with Lee’s appointment and he was ready to face any criticism as the move was part of the reform process.
Full article here.
In a way, I agree with what Dr Lim Keng Yaik had to say about it. It will be difficult for him to work, because Kah Choon has not resigned from Gerakan, and that makes him a member of Gerakan still, no matter if he has decided to stay away from politics or not. As what Keng Yaik said, there will be a whole lot of suspicion going around, especially in the beginning, and there will be a lot of keen eyes looking at him and what he says and does. Kah Choon has to be very careful.
Tact would also be a good ally. He’ll have to learn of ways to keep both DAP and Gerakan happy.
But what I don’t understand is, why Najib said that “members of Barisan Nasional component parties should not take up appointments in Pakatan Rakyat-led state governments”. Perhaps it is a question of family loyalties. But in my mind, no matter how difficult, if the individual is willing to face the challenges and difficulties, then he/she should be allowed to do it.
Here, Kah Choon is responding and taking up on this appointment by CM Lim Guan Eng, because he feels that this is one way he can serve the rakyat. By remaining a member of Gerakan, perhaps he feels that he cannot do much. He needs to be somewhere where there is slightly more power, and this is the chance that the DAP/Pakatan Rakyat government in Penang have given him.
Sure, it’s going to be tough. But if he just wants to make Penang a better place for the rakyat, then let him be. As long as he gets support from the people, he will be fine. And after a while, if he proves his worth, then the DAP reps would be less critical of him, and Gerakan members would do good to support his movement too.
It’s really all about working and serving the rakyat really. What’s that about “agenda”?