Another side of the story

I wanted to move on from partisan politics to other issues affecting the nation.

Before I do that, I need to post something that one of the top leaders of the party told me. I am not at liberty to name him. (doctors are bound to doctor-patient confidentiality , and we are very good to keep things confidential ) 

We have a chat over the phone yesterday, and he said that he wanted to tell me the inside story about Lee Kah Choon.

As a responsible blogger, I will post his side of the story and his views.

Apparently, a few days after the general election, Lee met with top leaders and asked to be given the task of leading Penang and be the next CM if Gerakan win back Penang. When there was no reply from the leadership, which was still cosidering his request, Lee resigned from all his positions a few days later . Then few weeks later he accepted the 2 posts. The view of the leadership is that this sort of behaviour is selfish and not in the interest of the party. Also, this is part of plot of Pakatan to split Gerakan members.

I explained that what I have done is to present another angle of viewing this issue, strictly from the view of a rakyat who does not know the inside story. What I have presented and the majority of the commentors’ views are from a non partisan angle. So perhaps, this can serve as a feedback to the leadership. After all, people’s view and perception is the most important if the party wishes to win back the support of the people.

And even with this inside story, I still feel that the party should not have played into the trap that DAP has set, by attacking him openly and by giving show cause letter. I still feel that If the party has shown magnanimity and be big eough not to take action, it will not have played into DAP’s hands.

Well. This is my own opinion. I also standby my view stated in the press release that the advisor should keep to his promise of not interfering.



21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. monsterball
    May 02, 2008 @ 14:42:11

    The story maybe true…but it does not matter.
    Eng Guan wants the best to assist him……so does all commercial firms CEOs do that.
    It now leaves to Eng Guan good management abilities…to see not only…Lee Kah Choon produces results…but also from his own party members….and Jeff Ooi must have very accurate informations for Eng Guan to make good decisions.
    It has started…with the “Desperate …Housewives”….so let Jeff Ooi prove it is true..or else…Eng Guan will start to look stupid and unreliable..and not Lee need to be replace…but Jeff Ooi. Jeff is my friend…a real dicipline man.. he is. He knows what I am talking about.
    To me….I always look for the best candidates.tyo fill in all posts…and brainwaves is the main qualification. Infect…to be cunning and crooked need a smart brain…so use the brain and apply excellent staffs control…no way for anyone try funny tricks. Who knows…one from DAP in Penang can be bought…and is a spy for UMNO??
    Eng Guan need weekly meetings…..and he should trust Jeff Ooi…as his right hand man. Both have no experience…but both are real smart….and that’s all it matters. Applying commonsense and logics…in management….and Eng Guan must never fail have weekly meetings….to get things done. …and judge everyone their performance. Ask questions…and learn…And in no time…he will be an expert.
    One famous CEO’s message to all assistants saying to staffs…..”Earn your trust and respect from me….or are in trouble…if I feel uncomfortable..working with you”
    Eng Guian is no fool!!


  2. novice101
    May 02, 2008 @ 14:47:44

    Dr. Hsu, what you and the ‘mysterious doctor’ said of Lee Kah Choon, I would not want to comment. You two had the ‘inside’ information.

    But I detect a smack of bias in your view that the appointment is a DAP trap. You, like me, have no privy to LGE’s inner thoughts, so what you have is your own deductions.


  3. romerz
    May 02, 2008 @ 15:27:00

    Dr Hsu,

    What you heard is exactly what I heard. I have no way of proving the events did happen except that I’m big enough to give the leadership the benefit of the doubt that they had to act for the sake of the party.

    However it is on strategy which I take issue with. As you said, it could well be a DAP trap which after yesterday, I’m beginning to think it is.

    But by reacting they way they did, they had put themselves in a no-win situation.

    In the previous article, I had written about strategies in the cut-throat world of politics and I believe good strategy by one’s opponent should be countered with equally good strategy.

    IMHO, Gerakan could have come out smelling like roses if they had done the following.

    1. Tell UMNO its an internal matter and should back-off and let the party handle the matter internally.

    2. Take a few days before commenting on the issue so as not to be seen to submit to UMNO’s request.

    3. Come out with a statement that LKC is free to do as he wishes so long as his actions is not in contradiction to his membership in the party. If and when such times his actions are seen as detrimental to Gerakan, his continued membership will be reviewed.

    This way Gerakan would have deflected the issue to a later date which could be tackled when things are more settled.

    As it is, by reacting the way it did, they have put themselves in a no-win corner and inviting dissent from within its own ranks.


  4. romerz
    May 02, 2008 @ 15:31:44

    Dear novice101,

    You are right. They are merely deductions on our part.

    But after my ‘frank’ conversation yesterday with an ‘inside’ PR man, I’m beginning to believe there is political undertones connected to the appointments.

    Not so much a political trap but more of political practicality. Like killing 2 birds with a single stone.


  5. petestop
    May 02, 2008 @ 15:58:05

    This is old news, some Gerakan insider already circulating this in email as the “official” excuse for LKC departure.

    Well… how many of us believes what politicians tells us ? Basically you believe what you want to believe.

    What is more important right now is to support setting up of system of transparency, accountability, such that any normal citizen who wants to exercise his rights to know, can do so.

    This should transcend any political party, but the basic principle of a democratic society.

    Any parties that champion this will get my vote.

    Besides championing for our rights to be recognised as one and only one class of Malaysians.


  6. joehancl
    May 02, 2008 @ 18:55:56

    When the chips are down everyone come out chipping. No one is tough enough to get going. Thats politics.


  7. Dr Hsu
    May 02, 2008 @ 20:55:45

    romerz, that is exactly what i told that leader, (not KTK). Gerakan could have used it to show that it is big enough. It would be like KTK winning points by accepting defeat in the general election graciously and ensured a smooth transition of passing over of the goevernment.

    Now it is being push to a corner, with most voters on the ground criticisng the action.

    To rub salt into wound, someone uttered that he would “sabotage’. Aiyo. I dont know what to say.

    Novice 101, I am just quoting the leader who spoke to me. He is not a doctor but one of the top leaders. He mentioned thaat it was a plot (trap).


  8. by
    May 02, 2008 @ 21:02:38

    I have second thoughts on the best person to fill the position. I shared a different view.
    By having Lee Kah Choon as an executive Chairman.. what is his role for the 2 company as further each company has already has CEO. Another layer of bureaucracy worst i feel Kah Choon is learning about his
    new job. There many capable retired VP in Penang who has corporate/global experience especially in India,China,Vietnam,etc , has they been approach and part of the selection. Next on Jeff Ooi with respect to ‘Desperate Wife’.. since he is the ‘Chief of Staff’, i have high expectation for him to have a professional projection but instead resorting to ‘Blog’. I see this as cheapshot and waste of his time as he can blog more on what is coming and plans for Penang. Penang rakyat is waiting…Now, he and Guan Eng has been invited for an open debate with the ‘Desperate Wife’. Lets see how it develop


  9. pohwatchdog
    May 02, 2008 @ 21:40:52

    Pakatan Rakyat have given the choice by the people.
    GERAKAN will bound back and regain the confidence of the people. GERAKAN is betul betul gerak. What is not gerak is PAKATAN RAKYAT?

    LKC is used as a pawn by LGE to discredit GERAKAN. We can accepted what people perception of LKC. Let it be and history will tell us who is right or wrong.

    Whereas BN as a whole need to reform to win the hearts and minds of the people as a whole. If not, the BN need to be proactive and recruit capable people. We needed leaders who have show the courage to point out the mistakes. We must have courage to admit our mistakes and rectify it.


  10. monsterball
    May 02, 2008 @ 22:31:34

    So many seems to have good knowledge in analysezing people and parties……special pohwatchdog…simply love to just jump to concluding ……like a small boy…no need to think further……Gerakan is the best and will bounce all his messages.
    Everyone knows Gerakan is an expert in bouncing…to and fro…weighing pros and cons…in every move they benefit politics. No different from MCA at all..except with Lim Keng Yiak….behaving like a manager of few bouncers…….pretending to protect… and be champion of the Chinese race.
    For 50 years….so call protecting and defending the Chinese race by Gerakan and MCA…..produces what result??…tell me??
    Maybe expert pohwatchdog….can explain why thousands upon thousands Chinese left Malaysia and migrate to other countries….and why another…thousands upon thousands Chinese seeking work…overseas….washing earn enough….to feed their families and educate their children. Can anyone tell me why???
    This has been going on for 50 years.
    And hopefully it stopped…after 12 th election…having hope and charity from government. I put it to you…until Gerakan and MCA…can convince all Malaysian Chinese to come back …to Malaysia…like DAP to Lingam..’camera man”.[forgot his name!}..both these parties should …bow low their heads in shame.. .fooling their own race. They should fold up and leave politics to Malaysians…..against UMNO.
    They talk alot….but have no guts to confront…the evils…but join in UMNO….to enrich their chosen ones. That was UMNO style…and still is ….robbing Malaysians..wholesale with no fear….and…MCA/ Gerakan are actually… ikan bilis parties in BN…..depending on Malays become ministers……not wining seats……based on Chinese voters for them…..not at all…..NEVER!!!
    Doc…should have a post…like…’Why Malaysian Chinese migrate or seeking work…elsewhere..not happy in the Malays. Are they NUTS???”
    And pohwatchdog should be the first .to comment.


  11. by
    May 02, 2008 @ 23:59:07

    Since Jeff Ooi is your friend. I would like to take this opportunity to ask for any futher update and development on both of the cases that have caused alot of excitement but no closure from his blog…
    1) Motorola fiasco escalated by Jeff Ooi during the election. Is he going to stick to his plan to oppose and what is the Penang government plan of action ?
    2) Next on the flood in Prai just after election, he is “finger pointing” at the chief engineer for not being responsive. So what is root cause analysis, containment and and improvement plans.

    Penang rakyat need the penang goverment to provide solutions and improvements. By just hiliting it at the blog and without closure is not showing professionalism. Just like what Dr HSU has done he shared the ‘Another side of the story’…This is what i respect more coming from your friend Jeff Ooi.


  12. romerz
    May 03, 2008 @ 00:45:43

    Dear by,

    If you’re interested, tunheang in his blog made a valid observation.

    I have also gone on to Screenshots to comment on this issue but my comments are awaiting moderation.


  13. monsterball
    May 03, 2008 @ 01:26:05

    “by”……I said Jeff is my friend…and I have observed our conversations..studying his he studied mine. We also belong to the same Buddhist temple in Brickfields.
    I am not that close…as think we are.
    I said he is a very smart and humble man.
    I think one who can speak on Jeff …more than anybody else is a Rockybru…..or Edmond Bon….the lawyer. Rockybru…and Jeff are charged in court as bloggers….right now.
    So you are asking the wrong man.
    And let me tell you this….many political bloggers blog…exposing this or that…to advertise themselves…to be employed..or get better job. Jeff Ooi’s blog is very popular and must have caught DAP’s head hunters attention. He stood for election….at the right time when Malaysians are hungry for change of government. So any Tom Dick or Harry.. oppositions party puts out… …stands very good chances to be elected. And we saw the results…being so. Under normal circumstances…Tony Puah….Jeff and that Lingam cameraman….don’t stand a chance…..including Anwa’s daughter.
    But time is not normal….and really the most normal and best time of our life….since Independence. We are so used to UMNO 50 years think…not normal for oppositions….to win that big. Actually…voting in Jeff…Tony…Anwar’s daughter…argurs well with the future of our country.
    Now back to bloggers…looking for opportunities.
    You can see…good serious ones…with principles in life…..brave and honest are chosen…and with exception to Tian Chua…a one man show.. also take in…by DAP.
    All these people… or act……are actually trying to get attentions…to be employed or accepted by powerful political party …to be involve in politics in a party. T.he level and quality of politics is in Malaysia….is still much too low. The level is nothing much to be admired…but the level is raise back to better than before….with the strong opposition.


  14. monsterball
    May 03, 2008 @ 01:35:23

    Yes..It is great …everyone remember what Anwar….LKS…LEG… Jeff and many more said…and hold them accountable…for they got voted in because of what they said. If none are proven true….then they are in trouble.
    So let us wait to see…….if Jeff and others…especially Anwar and S’gor M.Besar…are realistic and factual….or are an empty vessels….trying to fool us.


  15. by
    May 03, 2008 @ 07:33:42

    Thanks for shaing your inner thoughts on Jeff and the political blogging.


  16. pohwatchdog
    May 03, 2008 @ 10:59:30

    It is not the Malaysian Chinese who worked oversea are not happy with the Malaysia. It is the Malaysian Chinese survival instinct. Is there the opportunity to earn the amount we get from here compared with oversea? Why we work hard ? Of course for our next generation and still love his country. Even Malays and Indians who have work and migrate oversea. It is the human capital who have no education in the present days to survive anywhere in the world. Are they not happy in Malaysia? The world is getting smaller.

    I admired the Malaysians Chinese who have contribute to Malaysian economy by sending their hard earn money back home. It boost our economy and development in property market. It is what we called a ‘spill over economy” effect. Salute to them.

    Furthermore not all who went oversea washing dishes…they are many professionals who worked oversea. Global economy…even Jeff Ooi have to go to Vietnam.

    Of course dogs have his good days and bad dogs.


  17. by
    May 03, 2008 @ 11:16:24

    Thanks for sharing tunheang’s blog. It give a different perspective..



  18. A true Malaysian
    May 03, 2008 @ 12:06:21

    Dr. Hsu,

    If what the top leader told you is correct, then by offering himself to helm Penang only showed LKC loves Penang very much.

    Of course the top leader may say LKC is selfish not to serve Penang under Gerakan, to me, Gerakan is not relevant anymore in Penang politics. More so with little hope of change in mentality amongst BN parties.

    Gerakan will only be relevant again if it leaves BN and become a truly multiracial party.


  19. Dr Hsu
    May 03, 2008 @ 12:37:08

    well, we are all entitled to our views. As i said, I look from the angle of the people’s interest, whereas party leaders they look from the angle of the party’s interest.

    But actually, I might be looking further than a lot of people, because ultimately, people’s interest would become party ‘s interest, if you really think about it. But sometimes, being high up there, the clouds might have clouded the vision and the view can be quite narrow.

    I am on the gorund and that is why I am often the non-conformist.

    It is the ideology that i believe.

    As I mentioned , I am also prepared to face any consequence of having expounded my views publicly. In a partisan milieu, there is often one view only and everyone is expected to fall in line and follow that view. I think it is the same for most parties, including the opposition, and even the Tongs of secret societies. Even when your intention is good and you try to show another view of the same matter.

    I am seriously thinking of just concentrating on my blog and voice out from outside the system. Politics is not the only platform to try to build a better world.


  20. A true Malaysian
    May 03, 2008 @ 13:37:28

    Dr. Hsu,

    I have the same thinking as you do in many areas. How I hope that Malaysian politicians can be ‘matured’ in time to come and accept each other as they are for the benefit of the country and its people. Shouldn’t it be the aim of being involved in politics?

    Politics can be a clean game if everyone play with clear conscience. In many instances, a MP’s view is good but was shot down because he or she is from the opposing camp. If this kind of things keep on happening, I wonder whether an institution such as Parliament serves its purpose. We might as well abolish it to save time and money.

    I wish to see some MPs will keep track of the amount of time MPs spend on shouting matches and debates so as to have a statistic on how a parliament session fares.


  21. Dr Hsu
    May 03, 2008 @ 14:23:52

    Politics is noble, it is the players that make politics dirty. That is what I believe always.

    That is why when the team is dirty, do you still join the team? if you dont, you are labeled as a non team player. that is why some MPs dare not voice out. It is a sort of peer pressure, a psychological game of keeping everyone in line.

    Pakatan has won 5+1 states. My view is, since the people has made the choice, we have to give them at least a few months to prove themselves. If what they do is right, support for the sake of the people, if what they do is wrong, voice out ( I will be the first to voice out after a few months of watch and see). That is called check and balance.

    If they are bad and perform badly, people will know and the next round they will be out.

    If they are good and they do good for the people , then does it matter whether they remain as government? It does not , because politics is about the people, not about the parties. As long as a party is good and delivers, does it matter whether BN can come back or not?

    Does it really matter whether a cat is white or black, as long as it catches mice?Unless of course, the cat is in the game for its own personal interest, then it would want the other cat to fail and fail miserably.


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