United opposition Vs BN

It’s great news for members and supporters of opposition in Penang. Take over Penang from BN certainly works in the interest of Penangites. No difference among the opposition parties could be bigger and more important than the interest of the Penang rakyat.17 years of Koh Tsu Koon was proven to be boring, unproductive and unimaginative. Penang has not progressed fast enough under Khor’s leadership. The Pearl of the Orient (a.k.s the Garden of the Orient) has become one of the dirtiest state in Malaysia. Besides, he has no guts to face the political ‘hooligans’ from his other component parties. That is shameful for a seasoned politician like Koh, who’s now Gerakan’s  numero uno.

Opposition plots ‘Fortress Penang’ plan

Athi Veeranggan
Jun 5, 07 12:12pm
Malaysiakini
The days of splitting the opposition vote may be over in Penang, based on hard lessons learnt in the 2004 general election. The DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat lost to Barisan Nasional (BN) in the Batu Kawan parliamentary seat and state seats of Bagan Dalam, Bukit Tambun and Sungai Pinang.

This time around, the opposition parties plan to work closely to ensure straight fights with the BN.

PKR Penang chairperson Zahrain Mohamad Hashim said his party, DAP and PAS are involved in serious talks on seat allocations throughout Malaysia to ensure that “we don’t contest against each other”.

“We should come up with an amicable solution soon. The most imperative is for all straight fights between an united opposition front and BN,” he told malaysiakini.

Penang has 13 parliamentary and 40 state seats.

PKR won only the Permatang Pauh federal seat through the party president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, although it contested five parliamentary and 16 state seats in 2004.

Zahrain said the party is interested in maintaining its presence, especially if the election is held after April next year and de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim is free to contest in Penang as he plans.

“All parties have agreed in principal that Anwar will lead an united opposition front in the next general election. It’s a boost to PKR to fare better than 2004,” he said.

Wiser now

Penang DAP secretary Danny Law Heng Kiang said the party will contest more than 20 state seats, with its secretary-general Lim Guan Eng widely tipped to be among candidates.

In 2004, DAP won the Bagan, Bukit Mertajam, Bukit Mertajam, Bukit Gelugor and Tanjong parliamentary seats and the Sungai Puyu state constituency.

Law said the previous three-cornered fights with PKR occurred because of several former Penang DAP leaders in PKR – however, they are no longer there.

He said the opposition front is mature enough to be able to reach consensus on seat negotiations.

“We have never had disagreement with PAS and only minor problems with PKR that can be resolved easily,” he said.

Law said the party with the best chance to win a particular seat would field the candidate and that the opposition front would back the person.

Speculation is growing over a snap election being called even this year, although the government’s mandate does not expire until 2009.

4 Responses to “United opposition Vs BN”

  1. KSTAN Says:

    PGRM is an impostor to the doctrine of liberal egalitarianism. As a liberal egalitarian movement organisation, PGRM should not even be in the BN coalition in the first place! BN/UMNO’s so called “power sharing principles” are in total contrast to the philosophies and fundamental principles of liberal egalitarianism. How can we as Malaysians support a party that betrays its very own constitution and ideology?! It is time for all peninsular Malaysians, especially those from Penang & Perak realise that PGRM is no more than an opportunistic parasite benefiting from BN/UMNO’s huge political and financial “economics of scale.” I personally deem PGRM supporters as merely glory “shallow thinking” supporters who have no personal political principles or personal political stance whatsoever and will be incline to support anyone or any team as long as it is the winning team. Zero loyalty, no true character and no dignity! Say NO to Koh Tsu Koon! Vote him and the rest of Gerakkan out of Penang!

    KSTAN

  2. nat Says:

    woo hoo!

    and KS Tan – I agree. sadly gerakan has really lost its way and totally forgotten its noble roots.

  3. V T Says:

    All Malaysians deserves a change after 50 years of non progressive rot as the direct result of Barisan Najis and it’s equally disgusting componet parties.

    Changes are always for the better.

  4. KSTAN Says:

    VT, the Rakyat have the right to change the govt every five years via the General Election and not because it has been 50 years of independence. The reason why Malaysians in general continue to give their votes to BN and at the same time bitching about corruption, nepotism, racism and etc still remains a mystery to me. If Malaysians in general doubt the opposition parties like DAP, why don’t they allow them to at least rule a state like Penang and access if DAP really do walk the talk as they claim. If your’re not happy you can change them come the next GE. Penang voters instead do the opposite, they give their parliamentary votes to DAP and the state votes to BN. So don’t just keep on ranting about the current government if Malaysians in general refuse even to give a small chance to the moderate opposition parties mainly DAP & PKR to even control a little tiny state like Penang. Malaysians deserve the goverment the it gets!

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