The morally illegitimate chief minister of Penang
A bid to limit Penang’s sitting chief minister to two consecutive terms of office failed to get a hearing in the state legislative assembly.
The motion, submitted last week by Teh Yee Cheu (a DAP Adun who failed to defend his party exco seat), did not receive any support from the House for it to be debated.
Nepotism of Kim Kit Siang
Currently, the Penang executive line-up features:
- Chief Minister — Lim Guan Eng / DAP
- Deputy Chief Minister (I) — Rashid Hasnon / PKR
- Deputy Chief Minister (II) — P. Ramasamy / DAP
Now let’s do some scenario-building exercises while at the same time examining how the ‘D’ in DAP stands for ‘Daddy’ … the patriarch, Grandpapa Dapster.
BELOW: Sitting in the chair only through Daddy’s fiat
Who should be the next Penang chief minister post-GE14?
Presuming the BN is still floundering in 2018 …
(a) Lim Guan Eng
If Papa Dapster stays on for his third term as CM, it will only confirm that the DAP is a dynastic and dictatorial party … not that we don’t already know.
If DAP was democratic, Guan Eng would want to show that he has the mandate of the people – which he presently does not. He did not contest the Penang DAP election yesterday.
Party delegates are solidly behind Chow Kon Yeow, the incumbent who retained his chairman post by polling the most votes.
Guan Eng dare not put his popularity to the test. As such and clearly ‘unelected’ by DAP Penangites, he does not possess the moral legitimacy to be chief minister.
(b) P. Ramasamy
There might be objections on account that he is not a home-grown Penang boy. But then again, neither is Guan Eng.
Working in Ramasamy’s favour is the fact that come 2018, he would have already had more than 10 years’ experience warming the deputy chief minister seat.
As for party credentials, he is currently the Penang DAP vice chairman.
(c) Chow Kon Yeow
Chow does not have any experience serving as ‘bridesmaid’ to Guan Eng which Ramasamy has done for two [1½] terms. Concerning exposure to the (Deputy) Chief Minister’s office, he is at a disadvantage compared to Ramasamy.
His proponents might urge for him to take precedence over Ramasamy by citing the argument that Chow has been Penang DAP chairman from before Pakatan first won the state in 2008.
Well, Guan Eng has never been Penang DAP chairman and this did not prevent Lim Jr from becoming CM.
Hence not holding the post of Penang DAP chairman should not preclude Ramasamy from moving one rung up the executive ladder either.
(d) Rashid Hasnon
As DCM (I), Rashid should be the automatic choice to succeed Guan Eng if we go by executive hierarchy.
Nonetheless, DAP is the taiko of Penang’s ruling party. It is therefore reasonable for DAP to refuse to relinquish the top job to a PKR rep since DAP has twice the number of PKR Aduns in the Dewan.
Narrowing the option ultimately to picking between Ramasamy and Chow, it’s clear that the great expectation is on the latter.
Why is it that nobody’s seriously entertaining the idea that Ramasamy could and should be the next chief minister of Penang?
Why is the heavy bet on Chow?
Heh, heh, heh … we’re talking about the DAP’s “colour blind” and “beyond race” New Politics here.
~ “no point educating racist parties” ~