Chinese support across the board for Bersih
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Battle of the two Awangs
PAS president Hadi Awang yesterday stated that the New Hopers defecting from PAS should vacate their Parliament and state assembly seats.
Ahmad Awang, who is New Hope advisor, disagrees with Hadi’s call for the PAS renegades to resign. Ahmad provides several reasons as to why he does not feel the PAS Yang Berhormats are compelled to voluntarily step down.
Among the reasons he cites – “tidak ada peruntukan perundangan dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan mahupun amalan secara konvensional yang mengisyaratkan keperluan meletakkan jawatan”.
Ahmad, a former Perak PAS Commissioner, is correct in this matter as the precedent involving the defection of two PKR (Behrang, Changkat Jering) and one DAP (Jelapang) Perak Adun in early 2009 had taught us.
Incidentally Ahmad was also one of the key players who in March 2008 helped facilitate the formation of the Nizar-led Pakatan state administration in Perak as well as stymied the Umno feelers to establish a Malay unity government post-GE12.
His press statement is published today in the blog of New Hope protem secretary
‘Unfair’ if it involves New Hopers but otherwise when it involved “BN-friendly” defectors
In the photo above of a press conference on 5 May 2009, Dr Dzul is seated beside Bersih’s steering committee member Wong Chin Huat. The PC was held to launch ‘1BlackMalaysia’ campaign to protest the BN’s takeover of the Perak state government as well as demand immediate fresh reelections.
Dr Dzul’s double standards are clear for us all to see. In 2009, he took the stance that DAP’s Hee Yit Foong and her PKR colleagues who resigned from their respective parties to become “BN-friendly independents” should vacate their seats.
He had also held that by-elections should be conducted for the seats which Hee and her co-conspirators had won standing as (federal) opposition candidates.
In 2015, he is perfectly fine with his PAS colleagues keeping the seats they had won on the PAS ticket.
See report titled ‘Unfair to ask PAS reps who join Amanah to quit seats, says Dr Dzulkefly’ in TMI today.
Bersih leader believes Najib won’t dare crack down on rally
Wong Chin Huat penned an article headlined ‘Mengapa pematahan berdarah Bersih 4 rugikan Najib dan Umno’ in his TMI column today. He believes that Bersih 4.0 will be a peaceful assembly.
The ghost of May 13 had been trotted out previously during Bersih 2.0 by Perkasa’s Ibrahim Ali, said Chin Huat, but the fear tactic failed to keep Chinese demonstrators at home.
Chin Huat, who is a faculty member of the Penang Institute (Guan Eng’s think-tank), may be on the dot this time seeing as how Ibrahim Ali has presently become a promoter of peace and harmony.