..into the abyss of his own making.
As per the latest news report, Lim Kit Siang has challenged the Menteri Besar of Johor, Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman into a series of debate in the run up to the election day.
His latest effort in order to be significant for the people in Gelang Patah is to debate with his opponent; a person who is born and bred in Johor, and had given so much contribution for the people there:
JOHOR BARU: DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang has challenged Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman to a series of debate before the May 5 general election.
Lim will be contesting in the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat against Abdul Ghani, who is Barisan Nasional’s candidate for the constituency.
He said the first of the seven-debate series should be held before nomination day on April 20 to “lay things on the table to discuss issues so that the people can decide who to vote for”.
At a press conference here Wednesday, Lim added that he invited Ghani to join him in making Gelang Patah a model constituency for clean, free and fair general election.
When Abdul Ghani is already hitting the ground running, meeting people in Gelang Patah, mingling with voters and preparing for ceramah and meet the voters session, Lim Kit Siang is still harping on political one-upmanship.
It is ironic that Kit Siang was the one who announced his candidacy for Gelang Patah weeks before Ghani enters the fray and yet, Kit Siang is still no where to be found among the voters in Gelang Patah.
Kit Siang needs to remind himself that harping on national issues alone cannot win you votes. Each parliamentary is unique in its own way and for the people of Gelang Patah, this stranger in their soil – the Lim Kit Siang of Ipoh Timur, Kota Melaka, Tanjung and Ipoh Timur, the quintessential question they will ask is, what has Lim Kit Siang done specifically for the people in Gelang Patah in the past 5 years?
Kit Siang is perhaps still reeling with shock that he had to face Ghani Othman there in Gelang Patah instead of the usual MCA candidate. As a matter of fact, his desperation and stupefaction can be seen when he slammed MCA for ‘surrendering’ Gelang Patah, a traditional MCA seat to Umno’s Ghani.
Although Kit Siang himself was presented Gelang Patah after PKR surrendered that traditional PKR seat to him, he made no reflections about his own situation when criticising MCA. He was greatly disappointed that he could not battle MCA by playing the race card i.e., trying to garner votes from the chinese community which made up 53% of the whole parliamentary.
Meanwhile, Barisan Nasional in the spirit of camaraderie between races which it has endured and progressed, will be fielding a malay candidate from Umno in the chinese majority Gelang Patah. If Kit Siang would have noticed, Barisan Nasional has been fielding chinese candidates in malay majority constituencies for nearly 60 years. There hasn’t any problem with this sharing concept.
As far as candidacy goes, Barisan Nasional transcends race, religion and party affiliations. Something which Kit Siang and DAP needs to understand before immersing in Johor politics.
Pity old Kit Siang. He is grasping at straws. And as an advice, it is better for him to quickly meet his voters at a breakneck speed than to waste time going over debates; lest he wants the public to have an impression that he is quite idle and has a lot of free time in his hands! Not a good trait for a would be Member of Parliament.
I wonder what people in Ipoh Timur for the past 5 years had benefitted from this old relic of Malaysian Malaysia past. A lecture on nightly basis?
Less talk and more action please.