Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 20 June 2016

Did the Pakatan Harapan (PH) politicians – some of whom have been in politics for decades – not foreseen the results of the two recent by-elections? Any fool who can count could have predicted the results. So what prompted the leaders of PH to insist on splitting the opposition votes? Have they lost their marbles?

  1. Referendum on Najib’s 1MDB scandal

After the hullabaloo over the Citizens’ Declaration to ask for Najib’s resignation, you would have expected that they would make these two by-elections a referendum on Najib. For such a referendum to take place, you would need a one-to-one vote and not a three corner fight. So why did they persist in this charade? Did they not expect the results that logically materialized?

  1. Is Mahathir the new de facto Opposition leader?

Making Dr M the leader of the Citizens’ Declaration was the first serious mistake. This is the Prime Minister who was responsible for the assault on the Judiciary, launching Operation Lalang and so many financial scandals during his rule. He was also the man who slammed Najib for wasting money on the Chinese during GE13 when it could have been better spent on the Bumiputeras. The Citizens’ Declaration put off many justice-loving Malaysians who would have supported a grassroots campaign calling for Najib to resign. It exposed the lack of principles and opportunism of the PH leaders.

And still sticking with Dr M after he had continued his denigration of Anwar (supposedly the de facto Pakatan leader) was a betrayal of Anwar and belied their excitement over Dr M as the new de facto leader of PH. Did the PH leaders really think that Dr M could swing the votes so significantly for Amanah to win the two by-elections? Couldn’t they see that Dr M has little support when he could not even prevent the sacking of his son?

  1. Did the PH leaders expect PAS to stand aside in the two seats?

If the by-elections had been in some other constituencies in which PAS did not stand in GE13, the PH leaders would be justified in putting up their Amanah candidates. Unfortunately, these two seats had been contested by PAS in the last general election and they had a clear stake in these two seats.

Okay, so Amanah wanted to prove they are an alternative to PAS. Is this the way to prove their worth? Well, now they know… The winner in any three-corner fight will be BN – “It’s simple arithmetic – dah!”

  1. Find your marbles before GE14

If we are to avoid three corner fights in GE14, DAP might have to consider apportioning some of their contested seats to Amanah. For Malaysians who have been waiting a lifetime to see the back of the BN, a repetition of the scenario evident in the last two by-elections is not an option. Ultimately, the Opposition will have to back stitch together the Alternative Coalition that took decades to come about and that has been so rudely torn asunder only in recent months.


Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 21 May 2016

A disturbing pattern is emerging. Pakatan leaders are so involved in their internal bickering they do not seem to realise what they are exposing about themselves. What is emerging appears to be a pattern of an unacceptable level of TOLERANCE of corruption within the Pakatan coalition itself…

PKR Secretary-general Rafizi Ramli’s most recent expose of corruption involving money and “women” for those wanting to deal with the Selangor government was made with the standard proviso that he “MIGHT take action unless…” He said he received the complaint from a “bonafide person that apart from money, now there are also requests for women when dealing with the state government”.

This is not the first time we are witnessing such a tolerance of corruption by Pakatan leaders in which the alleged corrupt person involved is given a CHOICE of following a course set out by the accusers in the coalition. We saw such a strategy at work during the gambit to get rid of the former Menteri Besar of Selangor Khalid Ibrahim when PKR leader Saifuddin Nasution waved a file of alleged corrupt practices over the Khalid’s head to force him to step down as MB. However, since the day Khalid did indeed step down as MB, we have heard nothing more of the alleged corruption scandals on which his removal was apparently based.

Does the former MB not have to face these allegations of corrupt practices anymore and does he not have to accept the consequences if found guilty? Did the tax payers of Selangor suffer any loss of their state revenue as a result of the alleged wrongdoing? If so, should he not have to pay these back to Selangor tax payers?

On the other hand, if the alleged corrupt practices are found to be concocted and untenable, do the Pakatan leaders who were responsible for such irresponsible ruses (including the frivolous Kajang Move) not have to face the consequences of their actions?

This is not all. During the so-called “Kajang Move”, the resignation of the Kajang ADUN to pave the way for the by-election seemed like a smooth and gallant act by the previous ADUN. In fact, insiders have intimated the fact that a similar file of alleged corruption was held over his head if he had not resigned willingly.

Zero tolerance of corruption

So what does this tell us about the attitude by the Pakatan leadership to corruption? They have shown us that they are prepared to tolerate corrupt practices as long as the guilty ones follow the coalition’s wishes. This is totally unacceptable.

In the reformed Malaysia that Malaysians yearn for, there must be zero-tolerance of corruption. We expect every case of corruption to be reported to the relevant authorities including the police, and nothing less than that.

Corrupt leaders and civil servants have to be accountable to the people. Furthermore, they have to pay back what they have corruptly obtained from the people and atone for their indiscretion. And this is irrespective of whether the amount of money involved is 2.6 billion in your personal bank account or 2.6 million that you paid for a house…

And just as the recently  proposed ‘anti-corruption’ module in education is unlikely to work unless it is taught by exemplars of integrity, all those in power would do well to remember that children will always model behaviours over words…

So watch your thoughts for they can become words, watch your words for they become actions!