Kah Choon sticks to his guns, Wanita wants him to leavePosted: April 23, 2008
Looks like there’s a never-ending story in the Barisan Nasional fold, with party members asking other members of the same party to resign or leave the party. It started with UMNO, then MCA, MIC, and now even Gerakan.
Lee Kah Choon has been asked to abandon his party membership now that he has decided to accept the posts as director and chairman of two major economic agencies in Penang.
Leave Gerakan, Wanita Head tells Kah Choon
KUALA LUMPUR, April 22 (Bernama) — Gerakan Wanita head Datuk Tan Lian Hoe had called on former deputy secretary-general Datuk Lee Kah Choon to surrender his party membership after accepting posts in two Penang government agencies.
“He should resign because all Gerakan members have seen what he has done,” she told reporters after visiting Bernama headquarters here Tuesday.
She said Lee must leave Gerakan without waiting for the Gerakan leadership to decide it for him. The party would not break up if Lee’s membership was withdrawn, she said.
“We have seen the solidarity spirit of party members is still strong through Lee has relinquished party posts,” said Tan who is Deputy Information Minister.
Full article here.
Kah Choon, however, is sticking to his decision on taking up these posts. He believes that his serving the people has nothing to do with politics.
My job in InvestPenang has nothing to do with politics – Kah Choon
PENANG, April 22 (Bernama) — Former Gerakan deputy secretary-general Datuk Lee Kah Choon says his job as InvestPenang chairman has nothing to do with politics.
“Hence, it is not necessary that by being in InvestPenang, I should quit from Gerakan,” he told reporters after receving Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at InvestPenang office Tuesday.
Saying that he was prepared to accept criticisms on his decision to accept the appointments as director of Penang Development Corporation (PDC) and chairman of InvestPenang by the Pakatan Rakyat-led Penang state government, Kah Choon said he was waiting for the action to be taken against him by the Gerakan leadership on his position in the party following his decision to accept the two posts offered by the state government.
Asked on the prospect of him quitting Gerakan and joining DAP, he said: “Politics is history to me. I leave it as it is.”
Full article here.
Seriously, can’t they just let the man be? Which part of InvestPenang sounds political? Which part of Penang Development Corporation sounds political? Surely, there has to be people within Gerakan who has some sense? Where is Dr Koh Tsu Koon in this issue? Is he not the acting President of Gerakan? Does he have nothing to say? Or maybe they’re all refraining from making any public announcements on their stand and openly criticise the man before they meet up. Which should be the case anyway.
Gerakan is going to have a meeting to discuss, amongst others, what should be done about Lee Kah Choon, now that, as a Gerakan member, he has decided to work together with Pakatan Rakyat in their bid to serve the rakyat of Penang better. And since they are going to meet up anyway, why is the Wanita Head making this kind of statement? She does imply, in the way that she said it, that she feels that the Gerakan leadership will decide to annul Kah Choon’s membership.
All that he’s doing, is wanting to serve his people. What’s wrong with “working with” Pakatan Rakyat? Working “with”, basically means to cooperate.
And if it’s against the Barisan Nasional spirit, then I foresee a problem, one much bigger than in Penang right now. There are 5 states that are currently under the Pakatan Rakyat governance. But the Federal Government is still under BN. And these 5 states would have to “work with” the Federal Government to ensure that the country is run smoothly. And of course, working “with” someone is always a two-way-conversation. It means that the Federal Government, namely BN, is also working “with” the PR state governments in Selangor, Penang, Perak, Kedah and Kelantan.
Okay, if the Barisan Nasional has no qualms about working “with” people as long as they are calling the shots, then what if, what IF, the Pakatan Rakyat form the government one day? And the Barisan Nasional form state governments? They the BN, in turn would have to work “with” the Federal Government that is the PR. Will that be against the BN spirit?
But I guess these people see Kah Choon’s acceptance of these posts as working “for” the opposition party. I’ve previously wrote about what Najib and Abdullah had to say here.