Saturday, October 2, 2010

Challenge Dato Ngeh to a public debate

In today’s Malaysiakini’s report titled

Dato Ngeh dismisses allegations as” totally unfair”, it was mentioned that Ngeh said he had persuaded me not to resign.

This is not true because when I mentioned my intention to relinquish my state deputy chairman’s position, he was obviously happy about it. He even said that Kula is still the National Vice Chairman, so there will be no great damage by him resigning.

There are many truths which cannot be hidden or swept under the carpet forever. I will deal with them at the appropriate time and occasions

Nevertheless, I want to challenge Ngeh for a public debate on the policies issues he and his cousin Nga Kor Ming have done during the 11 months when Pakatan Rakyat was in power in Perak.

I am willing to challenge him issue by issue. In fact, I challenged him yesterday but he did not give me a direct reply. Just name me the place and time and I am willing to “tell all”.

Let’s be clean and fair to all before we ourselves make allegations against the BN coalition.

Bigger prize at stake in Perak crisis - The Star

Analysis By Baradan Kuppusamy

Things are boiling over in the Perak DAP, with factionalism threatening the party’s stability. A senior party leader has threatened to quit and it is time for the DAP top brass to act on the squabbling.

AT the heart of the Perak DAP crisis, as elsewhere in the party, is the dispute over sharing the spoils of the sudden and unexpected victory in the March 2008 general election.

That victory catapulted the asset-poor and financially struggling opposition party into a ruling power and with it came wealth, hordes of new members, power realignment and the inevitable disputes over sharing of the largesse.

Although the Pakatan-led government fell to Barisan Nasional due to defections, some DAP leaders already tasted power and the perks that came along with it.

Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran threatened to resign as Perak DAP deputy chairman and tell all but has ostensibly pulled back.

Not his first tantrum, Kulasegaran has genuine resentment against the Foochow cousins — state DAP chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham and secretary Nga Kor Ming — who are the “real power” in Perak.

The source of his dislike, especially towards Nga — the more forceful of the duo — is the blocking of his bid to become the Ipoh Mayor.

He blames the cousins for not fighting hard enough for him within Pakatan Rakyat, the civil service and Malay political establishment in Perak and with the Palace.

He privately blamed the cousins, famously known in the DAP as abang-adik (brothers), for getting for themselves what they wanted – plum posts in the state executive council.

His ego bruised, Kulasegaran joined a long list of DAP state leaders who in one way or the other resented the abang-adik and blamed them for all kinds of things, sometimes unfairly.

Others fingering the cousins include Hew Yit Fong whose defection to the Barisan brought down the Pakatan state government and Jalong assemblyman Leong Mee Meng who even broke down and cried at DAP functions. Both blamed the cousins for their actions.

The latest imbroglio involving Kulasegaran is therefore not surprising and has been in the works since early 2008 when they all fought to put their respective supporters as candidates in the 2008 general election.

On the eve of nomination, Kulasegaran threatened to resign if the cousins did not field V. Sivakumar in Tronoh.

The cousins relented, Sivakumar was fielded and won and became the Speaker.

Now, Sivakumar is the main “Indian leader” in the Ngeh-Nga faction.

For almost a year until the state government fell, the cousins — supporters of Lim Kit Siang — flaunted their power, rode roughshod over others and lately started forming dozens of new branches with an eye on the Perak DAP elections on Nov 14.

They allegedly set up nearly 100 new branches that have caught Kulasegaran and his camp by surprise.

Kulasegaran and his main supporter, organising secretary Thomas Su who is a Kit Siang loyalist, have been busy reviving old branches to match the cousins’ tightening grip but are still short of numbers.

The Ngeh-Ngah faction also gained strength with support from several Perak DAP leaders like Sivakumar, Buntong assemblyman A. Sivasubramaniam and Sungkai assemblyman A. Sivanesan.

The Indian leaders were previously allied with Kulasegaran but have since shifted their alliance, DAP sources said.

The cousin’s faction also expanded with support from Pasir Bedamar assemblyman Seah Leong Peng, Keranji assemblyman Chen Fook Chye and Canning assemblyman Wong Kah Woh, seriously isolating Kulasegaran and Thomas Su.

Kit Siang’s hold on Perak weakened as a result.

The cousin’s influence became so pervasive that even Kit Siang and his son, secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, got worried. “They decided to nip their rising authority in the bud.”

Kit Siang told the Sin Chew newspaper on Friday that he was “not involved” in the Perak feud but only wanted to settle the crisis.

That day, a whole team of Kit Siang loyalists such as Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai and others descended on Ipoh in an effort to end the “crisis” and curb the rising power of the cousins.

Their arrival in Ipoh was the signal for Kulasegaran to force the issue, walking out of a “table talk” with the cousin’s faction chaired by Kit Siang and threatening to resign and wash dirty linen in public.

“Kit Siang is manipulating Kulasegaran and others to take on the cousins. He wants to cut the cousins down to size, and clip their wings,” said a DAP insider loyal to Kit Siang.

“They are also his supporters but he feels they have grown too big for their boots.”

“He will not allow any DAP leader to become strong enough to question him. Perak is too big and important a state for the DAP for Lim to allow the cousins to rule with impunity,” the official said.

The opening salvo in the battle was fired by Kulasegaran early this month when he talked about a “one leader, one post” policy, aimed at the cousins who are both MPs and state assemblyman.

DAP chairman Karpal Singh — another Kit Siang loyalist — immediately took up the issue in support of Kulasegaran and repeated the same arguments but inexplicably “exempting” Guan Eng, who is also an MP and assemblyman, from it.

The cousins and their supporters have been touring the state almost nightly holding ceramahs and drumming up support for their line-up.

Their aim is to seize control of the state committee on Nov 14, cut down the influence of Kulasegaran and the others and be the kingmakers in the state especially in choosing candidates for the next general election.

For Kit Siang, the crisis is an excellent opportunity to cut the cousins down to size, stay in control of the new and wildly expanding DAP and keep it safe for his son, Guan Eng whose attention is fully focused on Penang.

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