Less politics , more work

A friend, who is a Gerakan member, phoned me yesterday and seeked my opinion whether Lee Kah Choon, who was formerly the deputy sec gen of Gerakan, should take up the offer by Pakatan Government for the post of a director in PDC (Penang development Corporation), as first reported in Malaysiakini Chinese edition and was subsequently reported in some of the Chinese press.

Lee was formerly the MP for Jelutong, and in 2004, he was appointed as the Parliamentary Sec for Ministry of Health. He lost this election standing in a State seat, as was the case of all Gerakan candidates in Penang this time. Following the general election, he resigned all his party post but remains as an ordinary member of Gerakan.

As I see it, Lee should be free to accept this appointment , if what is reported is true.

A politician’s first loyalty should be to the people. If by taking up the directorship of PDC (which is not a political appointment), Lee is able to contribute to the developemnt of Penang, then no one should stop him from doing so. Sometimes, politicians must be prepared to go above partisan politics. ANyway,  accepting  the directorship of the PDC does not mean that Lee will become a member of the PAkatan. He can remain as a member of Gerakan, because PDC is not a political entity, and the directorship does not necessarily mean Lee cannot remain as Gerakan member.

The aim of PDC is to plan development for the state, and thereby improve the economic status and living standard of the people of Penang. If Lee’s expertise is required, Gerakan should feel proud that one of its members are highly sought after even by the opposition (oops…a slip of the hand…. I should say by  the government).

Chua and Lee, said to tbe the best combination

A few days ago, I attended a medical conference and chatted with some of the recently retired senior officers  of Ministry of Health. I was told by these people that so far, in their so many years with the Ministry, the best combination of political leadership at the helm of the MInistry was the Chua Soi Lek-Lee Kah Choon combination. Accoding to them, both are no nonsense workaholic and good leaders too. Pity that both are out of the government…. maybe there is really this curse at the helm of the “Hell” Ministry, and maybe this time it includes the Parliamentary Sec job as well.

I think if we are really for the welfare of the country, we should use whoever is capable to develop the country. Whether the cat is black or white, as long as it catches the mice, it is good enough. For the sake of the country, one should not be too partisan. Maybe , both BN and pakatan alike should do away with too much of politicking. Instead concentrate on cooperation and work hand in hand for the betterment of the country and the people. ( maybe I am too idealistic, you may say… but society needs idealist)

 read also this article by Penang Watch

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. romerz
    Apr 19, 2008 @ 15:38:58

    Lee Kah Choon should take up the offer and contribute the best he can for Penang and its people.

    Loyalty to party should not be a consideration as the party’s objectives are to serve the people too.

    The idea that we should not help the ‘other side’ is both stupid and selfish if it is for the betterment of society.

    LKC should take up the challenge and I’d go so far as to say the party should offer all its resources to LKC to do the best job possible.

    The people will remember your sincerity and will applaud you for leaving politics (which we’ve had so much of) out of service to the people and state of Penang.

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  2. rtee
    Apr 19, 2008 @ 15:54:04

    Hope Gerakan leaders will not use this excuse to chop Lee.

    Lee is one of the most capable Gerakan leaders, but being too capable sometimes may not be good in politics.

    As a Penang voter, I think Gerakan should encourgae Lee to take up this post.

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  3. PgPenang
    Apr 19, 2008 @ 15:56:30

    Koh and lee are not on good term. Pls read this article from Gavin Khoo:

    http://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/81236

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  4. kittykat46
    Apr 19, 2008 @ 17:40:13

    “Maybe , both BN and pakatan alike should do away with too much of politicking”
    Yes, I can’t help thinking that more than one month after the General Elections, the country is just massively embroiled in politics. The PM, Deputy PM, ministers, BN, PR etc are all just preoccupied with politics. Some of them are staring at possible political oblivion.

    I wonder if any serious, solid work is being done in the halls of government.

    Meanwhile, the country is facing some really big global and regional economic issues, which will need focused and responsible attention.

    Knock, knock….is anyone working there ?

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  5. A true Malaysian
    Apr 19, 2008 @ 19:51:11

    Some Malaysian politicians are immatured in the sense that if one of them is seen in good term with another from the other camp, then he / she will be accused of not loyal to his / her camp.

    This kind of attitude is exactly like small kids of ‘I don’t friend you’ kind of thing. Such attitude also resulting in certain motion proposed by the other camp, though is valid and beneficial to the country, were not supported by MP of the opposing camp. This resulting in our Parliament and State Assemblies were regarded as ‘Stamping Chop’ and with no lively debates.

    So, really hope to see more matured politicians, and if Lee Kah Choon can contribute to the well being of Penang and qualified for the job, why not?

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  6. David
    Apr 23, 2008 @ 12:19:14

    I thought Gerakan’s main objective is to serve the Rakyat and whatever it comes the Rakyat comes first.

    Just like in my company, we are being told. “Customers come first, your boss can tell you to come see him now or settle this now but then you must settle your customer first before you, YOUR BOSS CAN WAIT”

    Gerakan should be able to accept Lee’s decision as it is for the betterment of the Penangites. Though I am not from Penang neither do I stay in Penang but certainly we must be able to think rational cause in the end when Penang is going to benefit from all these, definitely EVERYONE including the rakyat who is under BN, PR as well and it is already 2-in-1. Why not?

    Unless you are too eager to be in power so you tried not to let your opponent to do a good job that you are trying to restrict them with the most limited resources (in human talents perhaps). There is no more unity anymore if this goes on.

    GERAKAN, THINK PROPERLY. REMEMBER. RAKYAT COMES FIRST~~~~

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  7. Jeffrey
    Apr 23, 2008 @ 13:53:27

    Lee Kah Choon must be commanded for his loyalty to his country and his service to the people. Those of his BN YB (Yang Berbodek) are just a bunch of losers and too politicalized to function as what is expected of a loyal citizen. We should just ask them to drop dead.

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