Tokong Ka Li Kong

Georgetown, Pulau Pinang

The title above sounds like the phrase “kong ka li kong” which in Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia describes as untrustworthyschemingconspiring in an evil plot.  It describes the DAP aptly.

I can imagine how majority of the voters in Penang must have felt in March 2008 when Pakatan Rakyat managed to wrestle Pulau Pinang from the clutches of BN’s Gerakan after almost 51 years.  It was a hopeful change for the better. Voters then probably thought that the Barisan Nasional did not really fit into their idea of progress and prosperity a clean and efficient government might have given.  They tried their luck thinking that it was worth a try to change.  The candidates from the Pakatan Rakyat, too, thought that it was worth a try although they did not envisage a victory.

When they did, they had no idea how to fulfill promises that had been made to the voters.  The most famous of all promises was that Kampung Buah Pala that had been in existence for decades, would remain standing.  This was the promise made by Anwar Ibrahim in the run up to the 12th General Elections.

In the video below you could see Anwar Ibrahim promising the residents of Kampung Buah Pala that he would speak to the Chief Minister-designate and within two weeks, officers from the Chief Minister-designate’s office would announce themselves that Kampung Buah Pala would be saved.

And the people of Kampung Buah Pala probably fell for it and helped vote Gerakan out on the 8th March 2008.  Less than three weeks later, the village that had stood for decades was bulldozed.

Tokong Lim Guan Eng claimed that he never knew Anwar had made a promise to the people of Kampung Buah Pala. After all, the Tokong does not know many things. He also admitted not knowing the actual market price of his swimming pool-less bungalow at Jalan Pinhorn.

Anwar could also claim that the person in the video above was not him – the person may look like him, but was not him.

However, a similar promise was made by a DAP candidate by the name of Sanisvara Nethaji Rayer s/o Rajaji Rayer.  Rayer promised that the village would remain a standing village should Professor Dr. P. Ramasamy (of DAP) remain in power. “As long as the Tiger of Bukit Gelugor (Karpal) represents us, I am sure no one can enter our territory,” he was quoted to have said.

Then, comes the gentrification of Pulau Pinang.  The poor, be they Chinese, Malay or Indians, are being systematically removed from their traditional dwelling in the name of progress and development.

The Tokong has also lied frequently to the people of Penang about its economic achievements.  It was riding on what was done previously by the Gerakan government during its first term, and could not show the same achievements under its own steam.

While his son has been charged in court for corrupt practices while holding the Chief Minister’s office, Emperor Lim Kit Siang is still asking for Najib Razak to resign over the 1MDB issue.

When is he going to ask his corrupt son to step down? Walk the talk, old fart!  Even your party’s publicist had said that the Tokong must step down if charged in court.

However, it is typical of DAP to NOT walk the talk.

Hopefully the voters of Penang and in other states have wised up.  DAP under the Emperor and Tokong has done more than what you have accused the BN of doing in just under two terms. If you realy hate BN but want people with integrity, you should really kick the Lims out, as well as perpetual liars like Tony Pua.  They are not indispensable.  And they are NOT as popular in DAP as Teresa Kok paints them to be.

Think carefully! Save your island before it sinks.

Liver Poolu

The title is by no means an insult to the Liverpool fans, but the term “sakit hati” came into mind. Since “hati” is “liver“, I will let you Google the rest of the title.

Sakit hati does not translate into heartache, as the latter refers to matter of the heart, while the former is more about the wrenching pain you feel inside as a result of anger or frustration. Patah hati would be more appropriate for being heart broken and so on. But this sakit hati I feel is more because some poolu have been playing the racist card while some poolu have completely forgotten about the racists.

The poolu of the issue here is of what was once said by BN-friendly candidate for the Shah Alam parliamentary seat, Zulkifli Noordin. Zulkifli Noordin was the lawyer for a poolu called Anwar Ibrahim. A falling out later between the two saw Zulkifli, who was from PAS, turned independent, actively attacking his former allies. It was during Zulkifli Noordin’s time in PAS in 2003 that he was videotaped uttering derogatory remarks towards the Indians. He left PAS in 2008 to join Anwar’s PKR in the same year and left in 2010. On 6th March 2013, he was videotaped making another derogatory remark, although was aimed at his former allies, still touched on the Indians. Anyway, Zulkifli Noordin has had a talk to Indians in the area he is contesting where he has apologised to them in public for making those remarks.

Let us now look at the other poolus who have given other forms of liver pain.

Anwar Ibrahim, on 27th March 1998, near the Kampung Rawa mosque, Jalan Pattani on Penang island mentioned that he will make sure the bell at the Sri Raja Raja Muthuraiveeran temple will no longer ring. He has never apologised to the Indian community for saying so.

Ten years later, in 2008, during the run-up to the previous general elections, Anwar Ibrahim promised to the largely Indian community facing the demolition of the Kampung Buah Pala settlement that he would settle the issue within two weeks if the then-Barisan Alternatif (predecessor of the Pakatan Rakyat) was voted into power in Penang. The settlement was demolished in less than 100 days after the Pakatan Rakyat formed the government in Penang. Anwar has never apologised.

Man burns himself in protest of the demolition of a temple in Puchong
Man burns himself in protest of the demolition of a temple in Puchong

What is the picture above about?

This was M.Chakragunasegaran, 52 years old, who burnt himself to protest the demolition of the Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple in Pusat Bandar Puchong in November 2010. He died 22 days later. Has the Pakatan Rakyat government apologised? The answer is NO.

Bulldozing a Hindu altar on 4th Dec 2012
Bulldozing a Hindu altar on 4th Dec 2012

The above picture is of the demolition work in progress of a Hindu altar on 4th December 2012…this was carried out by the Pakatan Rakyat government in Selangor despite being told to consult the Hindu Sangam before carrying out any work. You can read more about it here. Has the Pakatan Rakyat government issued any apology? I haven’t seen one. Let me know if you have.

Then in January of 2013, the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Bangi Lama was served a notice for the crime of ringing the bell after dark by a council in Pakatan Rakyat’s Selangor. Any apology by the Pakatan Rakyat government for that issue? None whatsoever. And I wonder why did the temple committee saw it fit to escalate the issue to MIC Youth Chief, T. Mohan, instead of an Indian councillor from Pakatan Rakyat? I let you come to your own conclusion.

Of course, Salahuddin Ayub of PAS, in a debate with BN’s Saifuddin Abdullah in mid 2012, likened the Hindu celebration of Thaipusam to a street demonstration. This debate was televised live. Still, Salahuddin never apologised. Instead, he claimed he was misunderstood. To add insult to injury, you get other poolus joining in saying they were not offended by Salahuddin’s remark!

Lest we forget, Anwar’s trusted lieutenant, Azmin Ali called former ally, N.Gobalakrishnan, a pariah!

So, guys. Feet firmly on the ground, one poolu has left Pakatan Rakyat, now contest for BN, and apologized for his extremely stupid remarks made during his time in the Pakatan Rakyat, and before given the chance to fight for the rakyat under the BN banner; while the other unapologetic poolus are still in Pakatan Rakyat. It is up to you to decide which poolu to support, and whether you will make a poolu out of yourself later.