Who has deviated? PAS? DAP? PH?

Four years before, 505 is a date where many remembered as a day that many had high hopes for a change for the better. I am sure many have wanted better leaders and a better government, not a better politician.

Four years after, we may not have a change of who leads the government, but we see a change in stands towards many issues. We see inconsistencies in the Pakatan Harapan.

Early this week, DAP’s Lim Guan Eng has criticised PAS that they have deviated from its political struggle. It was also mentioned that DAP and Pakatan Harapan were consistent in their struggle and that BN still remained the pact’s enemy and it would go all out against them in the next polls.

To me, PAS has been consistent with their objectives since its formation in 1951. According to Farish A. Noor, an academician who has written about the history of PAS stated that, ‘From the day PAS was formed, in November 1951, the long-term goal of creating an Islamic state in Malaysia has been the beacon that has driven successive generations of PAS leaders and members ever forward. Until today, PAS has still remained fighting for their main objective.’

I wonder what does Lim Guan Eng means when he spoke about the deviation. And I wonder what does he means when he mentions that DAP and PH is being consistent in their struggle.

When Lim Guan Eng was charged in the court on corruption charges, they said there is no need for him to go on leave. But in Johor, when the state EXCO was charged with corruption charges, Lim Kit Siang pushes for the state EXCO and Menteri Besar to go on leave. And the Menteri Besar was not even the one who is being charged.

When they begin to rule the state, they said they will plant 1.5 million trees by 2015. Today, we see ‘Botak Hills’, deforestation, mangrove forests were destroyed to make way for reclamation, and huge trees along the roads were being removed.

When they were the Penang’s opposition party, they put up banners, calls for press conferences, urged the public to Save Gurney Drive from reclamation. Today, they reclaimed the exact spot that they were standing during the press conference.

When Tun Dr. Mahathir led the nation as the Prime Minister, the DAP criticised and condemned the former Prime Minister so aggressively. Today, they sat together claiming that they are fighting for the same cause. How can a man who has developed a mindset for over 80 years, changes it within just a few years?

They shouted, campaigned and stated that they are against Hudud law. But what formal actions have they taken against the proposal of the Hudud law. There’s no legal action, they did not even debated in the Parliament, as in the hansard during the last Parliament’s session.

They severed ties with PAS and instructed PAS reps in Penang to quit from the government. But in Selangor, they were cooperating with each other to stay put as the state government.

They knew from the beginning that PAS’ aims is to create an Islamic state, but yet they chose to form a pact with each other, for what? For the sake of winning the elections?

Probably there is only one thing consistent in DAP and PH, which is to win the elections, gain power, and topple Barisan Nasional from the government. If this is their main objective, maybe we have to think again.

We have to think again; who has really deviated, who has really changed? Is DAP really for the people? Or for the power?

In politics, many words, sentences, speeches were made rhetorically to gain popularity. But leaders must keep in mind that they have to be consistent in their views, stands and objectives. Otherwise, they will be deemed as unreliable and inconsistent. We are not definitely looking forward to have such people leading our nation and state.

Think twice, my friends. We must remind Malaysians and the politicians that election is not only for the sake of winning power.

Politics and election is about crafting a better future for the people, delivering promises made, and giving hopes for brighter days ahead.

It is time that we need to build a better nation with new politics.

This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 5th May 2017.

谁走入了歧途?伊斯兰党?民主行动党?希望联盟?

四年前,505是一个许多人期待把国家变得更美好的日子,但我相信当时人们是想要拥有更好的领袖与政府,而非更好的政治人物。

四年后,没有换政府,但我们目睹许多政治人物改变立场,我们看到了希盟内部的矛盾。

本周初,行动党秘书长林冠英批评伊斯兰党已经偏离了政治斗争路线。他也说行动党与希盟的政治斗争目标是一致的,国阵仍然是他们最大的敌人,他们将在来届大选中全力以赴。

可是对我而言,伊党自1951年成立以来,其斗争理念始终不变。撰写伊党历史的学者法立斯(Farish A. Noor)写道:“伊党自1951年11月成立以来,其长期斗争目标,就是要在马来西亚建立伊斯兰国,
这也是驱动伊党历届领袖和党员前进的主要动力。直到今天,伊党仍为这个主要目标而奋斗。”

我不知道林冠英所谓的偏离政治目标是什么?我也不明白他所谓的行动党和希盟的斗争目标一致是什么意思?

当林冠英在法庭上被提控贪污时,行动党说他没必要请假待查。但当柔佛行政议员被指控贪污时,林吉祥促请该位行政议员和州务大臣请假待查–州务大臣甚至不是被提控的那个人。

当行动党开始执政槟州时,承诺到了2015年,将种下150万棵树。但是今天我们却看到“秃头山”、森林被砍伐、红树林被摧毁来为填海铺路,甚至马路旁的大树也被移走了。

当他们还是槟州反对党时,他们举起横幅,召开记者会,呼吁公众反对填海,拯救新关仔角。但是今天,他们就在同样的地点填海。

当敦马哈迪担任首相时,行动党是如此激烈地批评和谴责他。今天,他们却坐在一起,声称正在为了同样的理想而斗争。一个80多年来的思想,怎么可能在短短几年间就改变了呢?

他们大声喊叫反对伊刑法,但是当伊刑法被提呈上国会时,他们采取了什么行动?没有法律行动,而且就像上一届的国会记录一样,他们甚至没有在国会上参与辩论。

他们与伊党断交,并指示槟城的伊党党员退出州政府。但是在雪兰莪州,他们互相合作,继续担任州政府。

他们一早就清楚知道伊党的目标是建立伊斯兰国,但他们却选择与对方组成联盟。为什么?为了赢得选举?

也许在行动党和希盟之间,只有一件事是一致的,那就是赢得选举,夺下政权,推翻国阵政府。如果这是他们的主要目标,也许我们必须重新考虑是否还要继续支持他们。

我们必须再三思考:谁偏离了斗争目标?谁变了?行动党所做的一切真的是为了人民吗?还是为了夺权而已?

在政治上,许多言谈、语句、言论都会经过修辞一番,以便受到人民的欢迎。但是政治领袖必须牢记,他们的观点、立场和目标必须始终保持一致。否则,他们将被视为不可靠和言行不一致的卑劣人物。我们绝对不想由此类人物来领导我们的国家和州属。

三思吧!朋友们。我们必须提醒马来西亚人民和政治人物,选举不仅仅是为了赢得权力而已。

政治和选举主要是为了替人民创造更美好的未来,履行承诺,给予人民一个拥有更光明的未来之希望。

现在是我们通过新政治,来建设一个更美好的国家的时候了。

Malaysia Needs New Politics

Malaysia needs your help. Your help to move Malaysia forward.

In 2008, many of us were frustrated with the government then; and in the elections many of us voted to reaffirm that Malaysians demanded a better government. Least was expected, as history was written, Malaysians were suddenly awakened by the election results.

In 2013, with full of hopes for a better state and nation, Malaysians came out with a record-breaking voter turnout. It was indeed a record-breaking feat as the Pakatan Harapan won the most ever seats.
Led by DAP, they maintained their governance in the Penang state.

Nine years later, we were disappointed; we were discouraged and disillusioned. Some felt cheated. The hopes and dreams given by the DAP remains only hopes and dreams that were not materialised.

Not because that they failed to take control of the federal government, but because we believe they did not walk the talk.

There were many occasions and incidences that proves the DAP is not any better than those that they have criticized.

Some say they were the lesser devil among all devils. They may be the lesser devil, but what if they were given bigger power? If they were given bigger power, who knows… Even if they may be the lesser devil, they are still a devil.

They shouted against corruption. But today there are some of them charged for corruption.

They shouted against cronyism. But today there were many claims of deals with huge corporate individuals.

They claimed to have solved the flood problem within 9 months. But today, after nine years, the flood seems to be getting worse.

They promised to plant a million trees. But today more trees were chopped off than planting of trees.

They promised to build more low medium cost houses for Penangites. But today, more luxurious condominiums and properties were built instead.

They promised for a more transparent government and they implemented the Freedom of Information Act (FOI). But today it seems that it was used to hide more information.

Nine years later, the certain DAP politicians is just the same as the politicians that they have criticized.

At a time when there are lesser options, the people must create their own options. We must show the politicians what we demand from them, rather than given a choice of who to choose from.

We must show them that politics have to be revolutionized. It is the end of the era where politicians knows-it-all. It is high time that the politicians should really listen to the people.

It is time where we need to get rid of unhealthy political practices.

It is time where we need to strengthen our democracy.

It is time where we need to elect people who can voice out with conscience in the Parliament and State Assembly; rather than just toeing the party line.

It is time where we need to elect real good people who can play their role rightly whether they were elected into the government or the opposition.

It is time where we need to elect people based on their personal capability and not solely considering their political affiliation.

It is time where we need to learn from the leadership of people like Justin Trudeau, Bernie Sanders, Sadiq Khan, Yuriko Koike and many others.

It is time where the people sets the values of our nation’s leaders and elected representatives.

It is time where we need to introduce New Politics.

As many have predicted that the elections could not be very far away, the most probably within more or less a year.

And therefore, I am requesting for your help. We have work to do. We need to have the boldness and energy to craft new frontiers in our country.

It is a transformation that needs a huge effort; at every level from the very grassroots; we need to campaign to make Malaysia, a nation with economic, social, racial and environmental justice.

This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 21st April 2017.

马来西亚需要新政治

马来西亚需要你的帮忙,你必须推动马来西亚前进!

2008年,我们当中很多人对政府感到失望,因而许多人在大选中投票说出自己的心声–大马人要求更好的政府!令人意想不到的是,大马人改写了历史,大选成绩唤醒了许多大马人民。

2013年,大马人满怀希望,期盼把马来西亚变成一个更美好的国家,因而创下历史性的投票率。这确实是一个创纪录的壮举,因为希望联盟赢得了有史以来最多的席位。

在民主行动党领导下,希盟继续执政槟州。

九年后,我们感到失望、气馁,也有人觉得被骗了,因为行动党给予的希望和梦想,到最后也只是希望和梦想,不曾实现。

不是因为他们没有入主布城,而是他们不遵守大选承诺。

许多事情已经证明,行动党并没有比他们所批评的对手表现得更好。

有人说他们是恶魔中的小魔鬼。他们可能是较小的魔鬼,但一旦他们被赋予更大的权力呢?如果他们获得更大的权力,谁知道会发生什么事……即使他们可能是较小的魔鬼,他们也仍然是一个恶魔。

他们大声反对贪污,但是今天他们当中有人被控贪污。

他们大声反对朋党,但是今天他们当中很多人与巨型企业人士有所交易。

他们声称上任九个月内就解决了水灾问题,但是九年以后,今天的水灾问题似乎变得越来越严重。

他们答应种植一百万棵树,但今天他们砍树比种树更多。

他们答应为槟州人民建造更多中廉价屋,但今天他们建造更多的豪华公寓和豪宅。

他们答应打造透明化的政府,并实施资讯自由法(FOI),但今天这个法令似乎被用来隐藏更多的资讯。

九年后,一些行动党的政治人物,变得与他们一向来所批评的政客一模一样。

在选择不多的时候,人们必须创造自己的选择。我们必须告诉政治人物,我们对他们的要求,而不是仅仅在候选人当中做出选择。

我们必须告诉他们,政治必须进化,“政治人物无所不知”的时代已经结束了,现在是政治人物认真聆听的时候了。

现在,我们必须摆脱不健康的政治风气。

现在,我们需要加强民主。

现在,我们必须选出可在国会和州议会中凭良知发言的人,而非仅仅听从党指示的人。

现在,我们必须选出真正的好人,无论他们成为执政党或反对党,都能扮演好本身的角色。

现在,我们必须选贤与能,而不仅仅考虑他们的党派。

现在,我们需要向贾斯廷特鲁多(Justin Trudeau)、伯尼桑德斯(Bernie Sanders)、萨迪克汗(Sadiq Khan)、小池百合子这些出色的领袖学习。

现在,是由人民来鉴定国家领袖和人民代议士的价值的时候了。

现在,我们需要新政治。

许多人预测大选近了,大约一年左右而已。

因此,我恳求你的帮忙,让我一起来进行一项任务。我们必须有勇气和精力来打造我国的新篇章。

这是一个需要付出巨大努力的转型,自草根而上的每一个阶层;我们需要进行一场运动,促使马来西亚成为一个无论在经济、社会、种族和环境各方面,都充满正义的国家。

The lesser devil is still a devil

Flood. Again.

Within 9 months after the 2008 General Elections, YB Ng Wei Aik put up a banner claiming that they have solved the flood problem of Penang.

Fast forward 9 years later, it is proven that it was not solved yet. Penangites have experienced so many times of flood disasters that probably many would have lost count.

Last weekend was another occurrence of flood that has caused massive problems including loss of belongings and traffic jams. By now, many would have aware that there are ‘new flood areas’, which are places that was never flooded before.

The water that floods Penang is murky and brown in colour. I don’t think that the rain water is naturally brown in colour. And I don’t believe that the dirt on the road and the garbage has caused the water to turn into brown colour either.

Logically, I think it is fair to assume that the colour of the water is caused by red soil. In Penang, there are few places that we can find obvious red soil; the deforested hills and areas with new developments.

I wouldn’t come to a conclusion that deforested hills and over-developments are the only causes of floods; but it could be one of the few main reasons other than poor drainage and flood mitigation systems.

Despite 9 years of DAP taking over the state government as well as the local government, it is to my bewilderment that there are still people who compares the flood situation with during the BN-led era and ‘rationalize’ that the current government can be excused for the flood that has happened.

I was terribly shocked with the reasoning of this group of people for blaming the then BN-led government. If we keep on looking backwards to justify that the current DAP-government can be forgiven for their errors, then we will not be able to look forward and solve the problem of the present.

If I were to answer whether the flood is worse during the BN-led era, I wouldn’t have an accurate answer to it and I don’t think we should even waste time comparing it. What the Penangites need now is to look at the existing problem and solve it. Even if the problem is not as bad as previously, it is still a problem.

We shouldn’t be giving an excuse to a government to avoid their responsibility to solve issues that arises. We cannot afford to wait until the matters grow into the worst situation ever, then only to start to take it into consideration. In fact, we should prevent it at the first place.

The new generation of politicians must not play the blame game. To move forward, we must own our responsibility and do not politicise matters that needs to be solved immediately.

Comparison of who did worst is not a wise way to make a judgement whether a government is good or bad. We have to be really worried if there are people making such justifications. Because by doing that, we are only choosing the better devil out of devils. We are still choosing a devil, in that sense. We must be choosing who the better angel is instead!

This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 7th April 2017.

较小的恶魔仍然是恶魔

又是水灾!

2008年大选后的9个月,黄伟益扬言槟州政府解决了槟城的水灾问题。

可是至今9年已经过去了,事实证明槟州的水灾问题尚未解决。而且槟城人至今经历了无数场水灾,可能许多人已经损失不菲。

上周末槟州又发生了严重水灾,引发许多问题,包括财物损失和交通阻塞。而且现在出现了很多“新的水灾黑区”,以前从未淹水的地方,今天也淹水了。

奇怪的是槟城发生水灾时,淹上来的水是棕色的。我不认为自然雨水是棕色的,我也不相信马路上的灰尘和垃圾会把淹上来的水变成棕色。

逻辑思考,我认为槟州水灾的颜色根源是红土所致。在槟城,很少地方可明显看到红土,唯有在被破坏的山林和新发展的地区。

我不会断言山林遭破坏和过度发展,是导致水灾的唯一原因,却可能是差劲的排水和治水系统之外的主要原因之一。

尽管行动党已经在槟州掌权9年,但令人困惑的是,仍有人把今天的水灾情况与前朝国阵时代进行比较,“合理化”地原谅现任政府治水不力。

令人震惊的是,这群人竟然把问题指向前朝国阵政府而加以责怪。如果我们不断回顾往事,来证明目前的行动党政府是可以被原谅的,那么我们将永远无法向前看及解决当下的问题。

如果你问我,国阵时代的水灾问题是否更糟糕?我不能准确回答,我甚至不认为应该浪费时间进行比较。更重要的是,槟州人民现在需要端视目前的问题,以及着手解决问题。即使这个问题不比以前的糟糕,但这仍是一个问题呀!

我们不应该给政府一个借口,让他们有机会逃避责任。我们不能等到事情发展到极其恶劣的局面时,才来思考如何解决问题。反而,我们应该防范于未然!

新一代的政治人物不可再玩“责怪的游戏”。我们要继续前进,就必须承担责任,不要把必须立即解决的问题政治化。

比较谁做得比较差,不是判断政府好坏的明智之举。提出上述理由的人士,令我们感到非常担心。因为他们这样做,只是从恶魔群中选出一个比较小的恶魔而已,事实上,我们仍然选择了一个恶魔。

其实,我们应该选择的,是更好的天使!

Do not be played out by hatred and fear

When everyone was still a small little kid, we all know very well how to get our parents to buy the toys that we wanted. Sometimes we beg. At times we cry. The worst of all is to throw a tantrum and get what you want. All these involved influencing our parents through emotions. Either they felt pity over the cries and give them the things that they wanted. Or they are just simply feeling frustrated over the tantrum and wanted to stop it.

Hardly there is any kid would negotiate and articulate the valid reasons on why they would need this or that toy. They aren’t even knowledgable enough yet to tell their parents that certain toys would help develop their brains or physical ability. Emotion is the easiest way to influence their parents.
This is us humans. Most of the time when things happen, we tend to be influenced by our emotions first then only we start to think rationally. But sometimes certain decisions made were too late before we start to think.

A life example would be when we wanted to buy a smartphone. When we are looking out for choices, we are easily influenced by the advertisement or peer pressure. We are attracted to how some smartphones can perform, the technology that it has, the newest apps that it can supports and many other amazing features. We wanted to feel trendy. We wanted to feel technologically-savvy. We want people to know that we are using the best smartphone. Subconsciously, we will then buy the smartphone and then only realise that we probably use some of the feature only.

The same thing happens in politics. Think about it, in public speeches, why do some politicians used words that will incite hatred, fear or anger? Why do they raise up the mistakes of their opponents more than telling the people on what their own capabilities are?

We have to look into the recent issue by DAP’s Hew Kuan Yau or better known as ‘Superman’. It is widely known throughout the nation how vulgar and offensive his words are in his speeches. Many times, at the end of the speech, he makes people feel so angry towards the government.

Last week, when the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ movie was banned due to a gay character, Hew Kuan Yau has posted very offensive remarks towards the Prime Minister and his wife on Facebook. I may agree that the movie shouldn’t be banned and the Censorship Board has to review their guidelines. But then, I don’t think that Hew has to resort to throw in vulgar and offensive remarks towards the PM. Due to that, he was arrested by the police.

If we can recall, remember in the middle of 2016, Hew announced that he quits DAP due to his Facebook postings in which he insisted that South China Sea belongs to China, drawing the ire of netizens.
Today, when he was detained by the police, suddenly the DAP top leaders were standing next to him backing him up over the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ issue.

I don’t have to explain much, but look at how the DAP plays on issues that easily plays the emotions of the public.

The same goes to the many attitudes of other politicians including the ones from DAP, Pakatan Harapan or even Barisan Nasional. Politicians are people who have followers, it is only a matter of the numbers. It is important to show the people especially the followers on how we should behave in the community.

The same things goes to the Tanjong MP, Ng Wei Aik who has parked his car illegally on a walking pavement and just exactly beside a fire hydrant. The Penang state government has been so aggressively issuing summons and towing cars which has been parked at illegal spaces; and yet an elected representative coming from the party that governs Penang is doing the exact opposite. It is a big slap to their own party leaders that they do not walk their talk. He has even brushed off the journalist who asked for his opinion on that matter.

Therefore, we must remind ourselves that the leader that we choose not only must know how to govern a state or represents the constituents. But an elected representative’s character is also important in shaping the community that follows them.

This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 24th March 2017.

别被仇恨和恐惧玩弄

我们小时候都懂得如何央求父母买玩具,有时我们哀求,有时我们哭泣,最糟糕的情况是发脾气!我们企图通过情绪影响父母,因为他们会可怜正在哭泣的我们,或只是想阻止孩子发脾气,而买下了玩具。

孩子们根本不会说明他们想要拥有这个玩具的理由,他们甚至还没有足够的知识,来告诉父母某些玩具有助于他们大脑或身体机能的发育。总之,情绪是影响父母亲最简单直接的方式。

这就是我们人类的特征,在事情发生的时候,我们大多先受到情绪的影响,然后才会开始思考。但是,往往在我们开始思考之前,已经做出了即将后悔的决定。

一个活生生的例子,就是当我们想买一台智能手机的时候。在选择手机款式时,我们很容易受到广告或同侪的影响。我们会被一些智能手机惊奇的功能、技术、可支持的最新应用程序所吸引。另一方面,我们又想要有时尚感,又想掌握最强的技术,希望大家知道我们正在使用最好的智能手机。不经意间,我们买下了手机之后,才意识到我们可能只会用到其中一些功能而已。

同样的事情发生在政治上。试想想,为什么一些政客在演讲时会使用煽动仇恨、恐惧或愤怒的言语?为什么他们不断提出政敌的错误,而不是告诉公众自己的能力是什么?

全国人民都知道民主行动党的“超人”丘光耀之演讲是多么粗俗无礼。在演讲结束时,他往往成功让民众对政府冒火三丈。

上周,电影《美女与野兽》因为同性恋情节而被禁播,丘光耀在脸书上对首相伉俪发表了非常令人反感的言论。我同意电影或许不应该被禁播,而电检局应该重新检讨他们的指南。但是,我也不认同丘光耀针对首相发表的粗俗无礼言论。丘光耀因而遭警方逮捕了。

我们大概记得,2016年中,丘光耀宣布他因一则脸书帖文–坚持南中国海属于中国而退出行动党,此事引发了网民的怒火。

今天,当他被警察拘留的时候,行动党领袖突然在《美与野兽》的课题上挺他。

我不需要解释太多,大家也会知道行动党多么擅长利用课题来玩弄公众情绪。

其他政客也是如此,无论是行动党、希盟,甚至是国阵的政治人物。政治人物都有本身的支持者,只是人数多寡而已。因此,政治人物必须向民众,尤其是支持者做出良好示范。

丹绒区国会议员黄伟益是另一个例子。黄伟益把车子停在人行道上,而且恰好在消防栓旁。槟州政府一直以来如此积极针对非法停泊的车子开罚单和拖车;而这位来自槟州执政党的人民代议士,却做出恰恰相反的错误示范。这简直是对自己的党领袖狠狠刮了一巴掌。记者针对此事询问他的意见时,也反而被他侮辱了一番。

因此,我们必须提醒自己,我们投选的领袖不仅要懂得治理一个州属或代表他的选区,他们的形象也很重要,人民代议士的一举一动,皆对支持者影响深远。

Double Standard Practice

In life, we always hate people who practices double standard. They treat different people of different groups, differently. Generally, the community dislike such people as they treat different people or groups unequally depending on the status or position.

It is even worse when we have political leaders practicing the ‘double-standard’ way. Not only that they are treating people unequally; but they are showing the community that it is a norm to do it.
Recently, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) detained several individuals for investigation over a corruption case in Johor which involves the officers and the son of the state’s Housing and Local Government EXCO. MACC has believed that the suspects played a part in a land scandal.

In response to the issue, the great YB Lim Kit Siang called for Johor’s Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri Khaled Nordin to go on leave pending the MACC investigation into the corruption linked to land conversion case.

We are really not sure how on what basis that such a long-time politician in urging such actions to be taken.

First of all, the case in involves the son of a Johor State Exco member and not the Menteri Besar.
Secondly, the Johor State Exco, Abdul Latif Bandi has taken leave from his position in the government to allow the investigation to be done without any interference.

Back to the north; in Penang, all Penangites knew that the Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was charged in court over a land issue as well. But no leaders from DAP has called for the Chief Minister to go on leave from his position.

In the south, it was not the Menteri Besar of Johor nor his officers or son investigated for the case; but Lim Kit Siang calls for him to go on leave. In the north, the Chief Minister was investigated and charged to court for the land issue; and yet Lim kept quiet about it. It is such an obvious double standard practice by the DAP leader.

The double standard practices by DAP has also been shown towards the former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir. When Tun Dr. M was still the Prime Minister, the DAP especially Lim Kit Siang has so much hatred towards him that they criticised every public policy and actions that Dr. Mahathir has taken. It seems that the government that Dr. Mahathir led is so bad.

And today, when Tun decides to form a political party to challenge UMNO, and suddenly he was deemed as a good politician, and the DAP leaders start to cooperate together with him.

Probably, as ‘true politicians’, the DAP leaders were right. They were playing politics all the way from the beginning just to make sure they survive and win politically. They were playing so much politics that they probably ignored developing the community.

Probably the old leaders have dementia that they cannot remember what they have said and preached previously.

For whatever reason they are practicing double standards, as leaders, they are showing a bad example for the community. For those who look up to them, they might think it is a right thing to do.
Our community is already sick with so many social issues happening around. We must not keep on encouraging the people to do the wrong thing.

If the political leaders cannot show a good practice in life; maybe it is time for the people from the grassroots to teach the leaders what is right. We should take the initiative to tell them that their actions are not right.

This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 10th March 2017.

行动党双重标准

我们肯定讨厌生活中做事双重标准的人,一般而言,这类人在社会中不受欢迎,因为他们根据地位或其他因素,以不同的态度对待不同的个人或群体。

当一名政治领袖“双重标准”做事时,情况将变得更恶劣,因为他们将以不平等的方式对待人民,但他们却向社会表达这是一个常态。

最近,马来西亚反贪污委员会拘留了几个人,调查柔佛州的贪污案件,包括相信涉及土地舞弊案的掌管柔州房屋及地方政府委员会的行政议员的长子及其特别事务助理。

行动党国会领袖林吉祥对此问题发表意见时,呼吁柔佛州务大臣拿督斯里卡立诺丁在反贪会调查土地交易舞弊案期间休假。

我们真的不知道,这位资深的政治人物凭什么做出这样的呼吁。

首先,这个案件只涉及柔佛州行政议员的儿子,而非州务大臣。

其次,柔佛州行政议员拉迪夫班迪已经请假,以便调查工作不受任何干扰。

回顾北马,在槟城,所有的槟城人都知道槟州首席部长林冠英也因为一宗土地案被控上庭,但民主行动党领袖并没有呼吁首席部长请假。

在南马,现在不是柔佛州务大臣或他的助理,或他的儿子被调查,但林吉祥却要求他请假。在北马,槟州首席部长因土地案被调查及被控上庭,但林吉祥却保持沉默,这就是行动党领袖一向来的双重标准!

行动党的双重标准也体现在前首相敦马哈迪身上。当敦马在位时,行动党,尤其是林吉祥对他有深仇大恨,他们批评敦马的每一个政策和举动,仿佛马哈迪领导的政府已经糟糕到无以复加的地步。

今天,当马哈迪决定成立一个政党来挑战巫统时,行动党领袖突然称赞他是一位出色的政治人物,并开始与他合作。

也许,作为一位“真正的政治人物”,行动党领袖是对的。他们从一开始就一直在玩政治,只为了确保他们能够继续生存,以及在政治路上取得胜利。他们玩了这么多年政治,可能已经完全忽视了社会的发展。

可能一些年老领袖患有痴呆症,不记得他们以前说过的话,或宣传过的理念了。

无论他们为了什么而抱持双重标准,作为一位领袖,他们已经向社会展示了一个坏榜样,他们的支持者可能认为他们的所作所为是正确的。

我们的社会已经生病了,充斥许多社会问题。我们不能再继续鼓励人们做错事了。

如果政治领袖不能在生活中做一个好榜样,也许是由草根阶层来教训这些领袖的时候了。我们应该主动告诉他们,他们的所作所为是完全错误的!