Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Come back, Guan Eng to Tunku Aziz | Free Malaysia Today

Come back, Guan Eng to Tunku Aziz

Stephanie Sta Maria | May 15, 2012
DAP is reluctant to let Tunku Aziz go and are trying to persuade him to change his mind.
PETALING JAYA: Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim may have given up on DAP but it appears that his former party is not ready to give up on him.

Barely 24-hours after his resignation as DAP national vice-chairman, the party has reached out in an attempt at reconciliation and has expressed hope that he will reconsider his decision.

DAP secretary-general, Lim Guan Eng, in a statement today said that DAP is “big enough” for Tunku Aziz to retain his former position and accommodate his “irreconciliable differences” with the party over the Bersih 3.0 rally.

“I would like to express my sadness at Tunku’s announcement,” he said. “DAP believs in freedom of speech and that every member and leader has a right to differ.”

“Despite Tunku’s open dissent, the DAP leadership wants him to remain as vice-chairman and resolve any differences in the spirit of comradeship.”

Tunku Aziz and the DAP leadership clashed in opinions over the April 3.0 rally with former branding it as an encouragement of Malaysians to “break the law” and the latter throwing its full support behind the gathering.
In the aftermath of what turned out to be a violent rally, Tunku Aziz appeared to pin sole responsibility on Bersih 3.0 organisers whom he described as “not a group of angels descended from heaven who are completely blameless”.

His statements resulted in a sharp reprimand from Lim himself for placing the party in an “embarrassing position”.
Tunku Aziz subseqeuntly chose not to be re-nominated as a senator for Penang when his term expires at the end of this month despite speculation that he was dropped for breaking party ranks.

Yesterday he announced his resignation from the party after his suggestion that he be subjected to the “same disciplinary procedure as any party member” was not taken up.

Lim however said that he didn’t agree for disciplinary action to be taken against Tunku over the matter.
“Indeed there was general unhappiness at all levels in the party that he openly went against the party official position on Bersih before and after rally,” he admitted.

“However just as Tunku has the right to openly voice his dissent, the party’s right to state its position on such a fundamental policy position as Bersih must also be respected.”

Lim further clarified that DAP did not punish Tunku Aziz fo voicing his dissent nor at any time asked him to leave or resign.

“I feel sad that he left because of differences over Bersih,” he said. “After all Tunku joined DAP because we offered a platform to promote integrity and fight corruption.”

Lim added that he would contact Tunku to meet and discuss the matter in the hopes that the latter would change his mind.

1 comment:

  1. Dear brother and sister,

    I am Myanmar who working in Malaysia more than 10 years and I would like to explain about SAMNAK SAMBODHI BUDDHIST ASSOCIATION. Therefore, recently I stayed at Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS), Taiping, Perak. I am very close with Ven. U Nandiya Maha Thero.

    My monk Ven. U Nandiya is very good heart and compassion to everyone in the world, also I heard when he stayed at Kuala Lumpur Buddhist Temple, he lend donation money to President of Temple(Datuk Yip Kum Fook, MCA Gombak) with amount RM20,000.00 only and he said that money belong to Myanmar society in Malaysia.

    On the other hand, my monk said, also many things happened when he stayed there because committees always disturbing, I am very sadly about that matter, why committees are very poor and crooks. Others Temple, people come to Temple to respected Buddha and Monks, also give red packet to monks. Why this Temple, monks must give money to committees, this is opposite.

    If anyone receive or read this message, please inform to DATUK YIP KUM FOOK to return that amount to my monk as soon as possible.

    My monk contact place:

    Ven. U Nandiya
    Sasana Daja Buddhist Temple
    49 Bombay Street, Lidcombe NSW 2141.
    Tel: (02) 9649-8124

    With kindness

    Taiping, Perak, Malaysia