One of the best advice given to DAP-led government of Penang is from Tunku Abdul Aziz, in NST yesterday. In an article titled : The ballot box is neutral, he wrote that:
The transition for parties such as the Democratic Action Party (DAP), fed on a diet of street skirmishes and boycotts at the drop of a hat, to running a state government cannot be easy.
We should not judge the father-and-son double act too hastily and harshly. Given time they will learn a hard fact that after the giddy first flush and taste of power, reality sets in, and, what at first seems like a winning formula is often, upon further, more mature consideration, not such a clever idea after all. I write this as a friend of both Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng in a spirit of helpfulness.
I have shared the platform with them on many occasions over the years to promote issues of shared concerns such as corruption, the need for good governance, an open public procurement process, national integration, equal opportunity and the New Development Policy, that we would like to see driven by the highest ethical standards and values.
Guan Eng has made it clear where he is coming from on good governance, for which he will get my support and assistance at any time because he represents values I have worked for these many years.
My advice, always gratuitous, is that the DAP leadership must now demonstrate that it is a party for all Malaysians and not a narrow-minded, unashamedly chauvinistic Chinese party in spirit, notwithstanding its protestations to the contrary.
Your role now as chief minister of Penang is to convince the Malays and Indians, in particular, that your own ethnicity is purely an accident of birth, but your heart is in the right place.
You are indeed there to protect the legitimate interests of all the people for whom you carry a responsibility. It is a heavy responsibility that you have chosen to carry.
No one had forced you into this situation. The only ideology that you need to carry with you to the 26th floor of Komtar is service in the public interest.
Indeed, in the interest of our democracy, I do hope that DAP can demonstrate to all Malaysians that it is not a chauvinistic party , but rather a true social democratic party that works and fights for all the people.
For a 2 party system to emerge in Malaysia, DAP led Penag government must demonstrate to the people that the people are right in choosing this coalition. That this coalition is really of the people, for the people and by the people . If they can really put what they preach into practice, such as good governance, consultation with the people etc, there is no doubt that they will be an even more formidable force the next round.
I hope the mainstream media would give them a fair chance to prove themselves. Do not spin anymore stories.
One of the reasons why BN lost so badly is because of the rosy picture spinned by these media, that ultimately, even BN politicians believe in the spin stories from the main media and thus did not foresee the tsunami that came with such strong force.
In the end, they were tripped and tricked by their own spins in the newspapers.