Gerakan digging up their own gravesPosted: April 29, 2008
And here I thought that the Lee Kah Choon episode was over. Okay, so he has quit Gerakan. He’s still not in DAP yet, not in PKR yet, not in Pakatan Rakyat yet. But he’s quit Gerakan, because Gerakan and Barisan Nasional had this idea that what Kah Choon did is tantamount to “going against the BN spirit”, assuming that there was even such a thing to begin with.
Well, all was fine after that, because he’s quit. Sure, some of the Gerakan leaders decided to shoot daggers at Kah Choon, accusing him of being an “opportunist” and having a hidden agenda, and all that. But he held on, and he accepted the posts offered by CM Lim Guan Eng. End of story.
Or so you would think.
Gerakan members from Kuala Lumpur are now coming into the game. Maybe because Gerakan was always based in Penang, so these KL “Gerakees” are slightly desperate for some action themselves.
Quit and butt out, Keng Yaik told
KUALA LUMPUR, April 29 — Kuala Lumpur Gerakan chairman Datuk Dr Tan Kee Kwong has urged Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik to quit as party advisor because his frequent interference in party affairs has done a lot of damage to the party.
Tan, who is also a Gerakan central committee member, said Dr Lim should stop meddling in party affairs and instead retire and devote more time to his family.
“By giving unsolicited advice publicly over party matters over the past few months, Lim has done a lot of damage to the party’s image,” he told a media conference today.
Commenting on Gerakan former deputy secretary-general Datuk Lee Kah Choon’s appointment as a director of Penang Development Corporation (PDC) and executive chairman of InvestPenang, Tan said he regretted that a capable leader like Lee had to quit the party as a result of Dr Lim’s actions.
“Lee Kah Choon accepted the two posts for the benefit of the people of Penang. These appointments are non-political, and his work would be no different from that of a civil servant who is apolitical,” he added.
He said Lee set an excellent example of how people with differing political views can work together for the benefit of the people.
Full article here.
Gerakan branch leaders rap party advisor, defend Lee
KUALA LUMPUR: A group of leaders from Kuala Lumpur-Federal Territory Gerakan are unhappy with party adviser Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik for calling former deputy secretary-general Lee Kah Choon a “political frog.”
Kuala Lumpur-Federal Territory Gerakan chairman Datuk Dr Tan Kwee Kwong was especially vocal, accusing the former party chief of causing a lot of damage to the party and urging him to quit.
Dr Lim was very critical of Lee after he accepted the Pakatan Rakyat-led Penang state government’s offer to become InvestPenang executive chairman and director of the Penang Development Corporation.
Speaking about Dr Lim’s censure of Lee, Dr Tan said, “We regret that a capable leader who was deemed fit to be a potential Chief Minister of Penang by the party leadership just 60 days ago, was now being deemed ‘inexperienced’ and labelled an ‘opportunist’.”
“We regret that a capable leader has been forced out of the party as a result of the action by Dr Lim.
“By giving unsolicited advice publicly over party matters over the past few months, he has done a lot of damage to the party’s image,” Dr Tan said, adding that Dr Lim should quit his post as party adviser and not interfere in party affairs.
“Perhaps he should now retire graciously and devote more time to his family,” he added.
Full article here.
Surely these people must have better things to do than to dwell on something like this. Gerakan is almost a gone case as it is. It doesn’t really need any more coercing. With more in-fighting, and no in-looking, Gerakan is losing its relevance by the second.
Well, not like there was much relevance to lose in the first place.