Koh Tsu Koon’s Saddest Legacy Is Not Only His Unprincipled Politics And Complete Subservience To UMNO But That He Has Trained And Conditioned The Next Generation Of Gerakan Leaders To Be Equally Unprincipled And Subservient To UMNO.(en/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister and Penang Pakatan Rakyat Chair Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town on 2.10.2012

Gerakan President and former Penang Chief Minister Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon’s saddest legacy is not only his unprincipled politics and complete subservience to UMNO but that he has trained and conditioned the next generation of Gerakan leaders in his same mould. Koh claimed to have learnt from the lessons of the 2008 general election defeat.

And yet Koh continues to make personal attacks against me and endorse the campaign of lies by mainstream media that PR leaders are corrupt or engaged in sexual misconduct. Even family members are targetted such as my underaged son who was defamed by BN controlled mainstream media that my son had sexually assaulted his female classmate. Of course Koh see nothing wrong in such personal attacks and lies against PR leaders.

PR leaders do not sue the mass media on policy arguments and differences. However PR have a right to defend themselves when falsely accused of corruption and sexual misconduct without any right of reply. PR leaders have to prove that we are different from BN leaders in terms of integrity.

Koh had shown himself to be unprincipled by breaking his promise that he will not accept any appointment as Senator if he loses in the 2008 general elections. Koh still clings on to his post and Ministerial position despite announcing that he will not contest in the next general elections.

No Open Tender By Koh Tsu Koon In Komtar Urban Redevelopment Project In Penang.

Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon also claimed that he practiced open tender when he sold state land for the Komtar Urban Redevelopment project in Penang in 1995. He said the land was awarded to the second highest bidder at RM 240 per square feet in middle 1995 after the original bidder who tendered the highest price at RM300 per square feet in early 1993 had failed to pay the first instalment for the land.

How can there be an open tender when the second highest bidder is given another chance to bid two and a half years later when there should be a fresh tender? Koh fails to comprehend that the principles of open competitive tender does not permit the second highest bidder to be awarded in mid-1995, which is two and a half years after the bid was first awarded in early 1993.

When there is such a long duration of two and a half years between the award of the first and second tender, there should be a fresh tender to allow all who is interested to bid. Property valuation prices can not be valid after one year, much less two and a half years.

How can there be real change in Gerakan when Koh still insists that he practices open tender when this has never been BN’s practice? Even his own Gerakan Youth wing has no confidence in either Gerakan changing or Koh’s promises when they boycotted the Gerakan’s debate session at the party’s national representatives conference last Sunday.

Gerakan Youth chief Lim Si Pin.said that there were too many warlords in Gerakan main body who have been there for 30 or 40 years. What hope is there for Gerakan when even their youth representatives launched a boycott when Gerakan Youth have no opportunity to speak? For such open defiance, Lim Si Pin will not be expected to be either a candidate at the next general elections or in the next leadership of Gerakan.

Koh’s saddest legacy is not his subservience to UMNO but that he has trained and conditioned the next generation of Gerakan leaders to continue to submit blindly to UMNO’s dictates. Koh and Gerakan has no sense of honour by supporting UMNO blindly, a party that shows no respect for Gerakan and him by tearing up Koh picture without an apology.

Why was Penang UMNO not reprimanded when its leaders called for the implementation of hudud on all including Muslims and non-Muslims? This is even worse than PAS wanting to implement hudud on Muslims only. DAP had publicly opposed PAS implementing hudud but no Gerakan leader dared to condemn Penang UMNO’s extremist stance. Koh may have left but his ghost still lingers on in many Gerakan leaders that even if Gerakan holds the Chief Minister’s post, Gerakan will not be the people’s Chief Minister but a mere puppet to UMNO.

Lim Guan Eng

—Mandarin Version —

槟州首席部长兼槟州民联主席林冠英于2012年10月2日在乔治市发表声明:

许子根最可悲的遗产不只是他的无原则政治及对巫统的全然阿谀,而是他所栽培的新一代民政党领袖也一样没有原则及对巫统的阿谀。

许子根最可悲的遗产不只是他的无原则政治及对巫统的全然阿谀,而是他所栽培的新一代民政党领袖也和他一样,没有原则及对巫统的阿谀。许子根说他已经大2008年大选的大败中汲取教训。

但是,许子根还继续对我进行人身攻击、默许主流媒体对民联领袖进行的一系列谎言,包括涉贪及性不正确。就连我们的家人也成为他们的目标,例如:我的未成年儿子也被国阵控制的主流媒体诽谤,指他涉及性侵同班女同学。当然,许子根看不出这些对民联领袖的人身攻击及谎言有什么问题。

民联领袖不针对政治争议及差异起诉媒体。但是,如果民联被诬指为贪污或性不正确,却不获任何回应权,他们有权为自己辩护。民联领袖已经证明,在廉洁度方面,我们与国阵领袖不同。

许子根已经显示他没原则。2008年许子根承诺如果败选,他不会接受上议员的委任,大选后,他还是留恋党职及部长职位,尽管他已经宣布他不会在来届大选上阵。

许子根在光大城区再发展计划没有进行公开招标。

丹斯里许子根博士也说,他于1995年出售州政府给光大城区再发展计划时进行公开招标。他说,原本最高价的竞标者在1993年初,以每平方公尺300令吉标得上述地段,当这名竞标者无法偿还第一期的分期付款时,他们便把土地颁给标价第二高的竞标者(每平方公尺240令吉)。

当第二高标价者在两年半以后,还被给予机会获得标书,这怎么是公开招标呢?这种情况之下应该重新招标。许子根不理解公开招标竞争的原则,他不能让政府于1993年颁发标书给最高标价者后,两年半后又让出价第二高者得标。

当第一次颁发标书及第二次颁发标书的距离长达两年半时,政府应该重新招标让所有有兴趣的人参与竞标。房地产价格评估在一年后都变成无效,更甭说是两年半之后。

当国阵从来没有进行公开招标,许子根却坚持他曾进行公开招标,民政党怎么会有真正的改变?就连民青团对民政党的转变或许子根的承诺也没有信心,他们于上星期日抵制民政党全国代表大会的辩论环节。

民青团团长林时彬说,民政党母体内有太多诸侯,在党内待了30、40年。当本身民青团没有机会发言,导致青年代表抵制辩论时,民政党还有什么希望?随着林时彬公开违抗,看来他很难成为下一届大选的候选人或民政党的接班人。

许子根最可悲的遗产不只是他的无原则政治及对巫统的全然阿谀,而是他栽培了新一代民政党领袖也盲目地遵从巫统。许子根和民政党盲目地支持巫统已经令他们失去了光彩,巫统完全不尊重民政党和许子根,在撕毁许子根的肖像后,连一句道歉也没有。

为什么槟州巫统领袖呼吁在穆斯林和非穆斯林当中推行伊斯兰刑事法时,没有人谴责他们?这比伊斯兰党还糟,他们只是想在穆斯林中推行伊斯兰刑事法。行动党已经公开反对伊斯兰党推行伊斯兰刑事法,但是民政党领袖却不敢公开谴责槟州巫统的极端做法。许子根已经走了,但是,他的阴魂还徘徊在民政党领袖当中,就算民政党执掌槟州首长一职,民政党也当不了人民的首长,而是巫统的傀儡。

林冠英

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