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Be prepared for worst-case scenario in Penang and GE14

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Guan Eng must set into motion a succession plan for the chief minister’s position in Penang while Pakatan must be prepared to deal with the new political landscape, says Turtle Shell.

Is it a surprise that Lim Guan Eng was charged with corruption? Not at all. I believe most of us who have been following political developments in our country knew it was inevitable once Bungalow-gate burst.

How a politician of his stature and standing as chief minister of Penang could find himself in such a controversial position is beyond my understanding.

I believe DAP’s strategists have already mapped out the worst-case scenario. It is hardly rocket science. That the attorney general has taken it upon himself to lead the prosecution means Lim should be prepared for the worst.

By and large, some neutral analysts have agreed with the position taken by the party’s central executive committee that Lim need not resign or take leave as chief minister of Penang.

So, I believe it is imperative that Lim set into motion a succession plan for the chief minister’s position. We must not allow Penang to follow the route of Selangor, where Azmin is trying his level best to cosy up to Pas even as Pas is consorting openly with Umno.

Lim’s successor must improve on what he has started. Sad to say, somewhere along Lim’s second term term in office, his administration was perceived by some quarters to be sidelining the CAT slogan that was much touted during the first term.

This must be put right. Lim must make sure his successor is beyond reproach; let there be no skeletons in the successor’s closet that the Umnoputras can use.

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The controversies over land reclamation, Botak Hill and the tunnel link did not help. The transparency seemed to be somewhat lacking in these cases so much so civil society elements in Penang expressed concern over projects being bulldozed through.

Please do not take the rakyat of Penang for granted. We have shown Gerakan and the MCA the exit – lock, stock and barrel – for their sins of omission and commission. If we want another Big Brother government, we might as well vote the Umnoputras with their promises of more development projects – and ability to provide funds, as they control the federal purse.

Perhaps, being a Penangite, I have tunnel vision; hence, my concerns seem centred around Penang. It is also because I feel Penang can withstand the onslaught of the Umnoputras best. Selangor looks to be a goner, and I won’t be surprised if Azmin adopts some of the Umno ways.

We are kidding ourselves if we think we have a chance to unseat the Umnoputras from Putrajaya. The sooner those in the DAP and Amanah come around to this thinking, the better.

Forget PKR with Azmin calling the shots: he could once again put a spanner into opposition cohesiveness. There are good leaders in the PKR, but Azmin appears unchecked.

Lim’s successor must be able to work with Amanah – and yes, PSM – to formulate a strategy to deny the Umnoputras a two-thirds majority in Parliament. I concede I am a pessimist, but just look at the way the Pakatan parties were routed in the Sarawak state elections. It is a harbinger of things to come in GE14.

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Koon Yew Yin, that noble philanthropist, has advised the Pakatan folks to lie low and not show too much of their hand to the Umnoputras. Sadly, I think the opposition is now like an open deck. I really can’t see the oppostion folks coming up with any strategy to rock the Umnoputras’ ship.

The Sarawak state elections and the by-elections in Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar have shown that by and large, Najib can crow at the top of his voice, what corruption?

Unfortunately, many among the rakyat appear to have accepted the contention that there’s no corruption in the 1MDB scandals and Najib simply has a very rich benefactor (or benefactors – they have not yet decided) donating billions into his personal account to use as he pleases.

Turtle Shell is the pseudonym of a regular Aliran reader.

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12 Jul 2016 9.12am

di sabah ade 25 kerusi parlimen dan 60 kerusi dun pade pru 13 yg lalu.di johor pula 26 kerusi parlimen dan 56 kerusi dun ade,di kedah pula ade 15 kerusi parlimen dan 36 kerusi dun.semuanya ade 65 kerusi parlimen dan 152 kerusi dun untuk 3 negeri ini sahaja.memandangkan bn umno sudah menang besar jumlah kerusi parlimen dan dun di sarawak prn yg lalu make pakatan harapan pkr – dap – pan/amanah perlukan bantuan shafie afdal untuk merampas semua baki kerusi parlimen dan dun yg tinggal pru14 tahun depan.diharapkan kerjasama dato dengan pakatan harapan nanti dapatlah bn umno ditewaskan di sabah dan semenanjung.kami yakin dato dapat sapu bersih kerusi parlimen dan dun disabah bagi menguburkan terus bn umno di sabah.andai dato berjaye kuburkan bn umno di sabah pru 14 bermakna segale kerusi yg bn umno sapu bersih di sarawak sudah jadi tidak bermakna kerna kelebihan mereka akan terhapus serta merta.di semenanjung yg peluangnya 50-50 akan jadi sebaliknya bile muhyiddin membantu mengasak bn umno di johor dan mukhriz pula di kedah.sabah dan sarawak yg dulunya fixed deposit bn umno tinggal sejarah lalu lepas ni.gabungan shafei,mukhriz,muhyiddin dan pr lebih… Read more »

simee khor
12 Jul 2016 7.21am

just suicidal to leave seberang perai be many times appearance of phantom votes…….check,check the voters distribution and the numbers!!

Eu Soon Ong
Eu Soon Ong
11 Jul 2016 7.43am

Stupid is what stupid do. Pakatan won not because of overwhelming Chinese support.
Pakatan won because of Malay’s votes. Why worry about DAP and Chinese? The day PKR is gone that is the day you will suffer the ultimate defeat. Now you can’t expect PAS to deliver you the Malay’s votes. Without helping PKR to regain lost ground, you are busy worrying about stupid DAP. You sure that DAP can command Malay’s support by itself?

Eu Soon Ong
Eu Soon Ong
10 Jul 2016 9.59pm

Do you ever realize how many corruption cases that I can use against DAP Penang?

Do you ever realize that I am the lone crusader all out to destroy DAP?

Do you ever realize who provided the ultimate evidence to nail the master of Bungalowgate?

11 Jul 2016 12.13am
Reply to  Eu Soon Ong

Who are you, Eu Soon Ong? Do you even realize all the questions you posed are rhetorical questions? Do you even know what is meaning of rhetorical questions? As to Turtle Shell, I think it is his/her presumption that “most of the rakyat appear to have accepted the contention that there’s no corruption in the 1MDB scandals …” I would most certainly disagree with such contention. In fact, quite the contrary. Most of the rakyat, excluding the very very very connected UMNOputeras and puteris who have their very good reasons to ‘be with Najib,” still content wholeheartedly with the scandal surrounding 1MDB and the bs surrounding the donation narratives. However, what the rakyat feel hopeless and helpless about is the level of impunity and lawless that have become the very fiber of this administration. The culture of plundering is of course nothing new but it has reached new heights, to be sure.

Eu Soon Ong
Eu Soon Ong
11 Jul 2016 7.47am
Reply to  Keestories

If I don’t provided the jalan pulau betong evidence, you sure that Lim Guan Eng will be in trouble?

Rhetorical or not, history will tell.

Keith Yeoh
10 Jul 2016 6.17pm

Need not worry about the CM’s succession plan, who eventully will relinguish his Secretary General’s post when his term is end. Penang DAP Chairman, YB Chow Kon Yeow, the 8 terms ADUN in Penang, by default will assume the ownership of CM’s post. It is a matter of time.

Iylia Haris
10 Jul 2016 8.06pm
Reply to  Keith Yeoh

isnt the deputy suppose to replace the chief’s post?

Keith Yeoh
10 Jul 2016 8.10pm
Reply to  Keith Yeoh

Not so. Is this apply to MB Kedah?

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