An honourable act

Even though I do not subscribe to the type of politics played by Bru and his team in the fight against the TopOng (now no longer Top;  now is TopChai), i will take my hats off for the wanita chief (or shall I say the ex-wanita chief ) for resigning all her positions in the second largest component party.

In politics, I have seen enough to realise that what was uttered cannot be held against the person uttering it. For example, when OKT mentioned last year that he would not make a comeback, he did make a come back, and of course attributed his comeback to those calls in and out of the party asking him to come back and ‘save’ the party. We all know why these calls are made; I do not need to draw the intestines when drawing a figure, so to speak.

Then there are those instances that those- who have retired -promised that they would not interfere in the states of the nation or their party , only to break their promises and not only interfered, but was actively involved in certain activities that are designed to threaten  the positions of the present leaders (Old Horse is one of these).

So after the march 28 party election in which DvDChai became the TopChai, I was doubtful that ChowMaiFan would keep her word and retire from all her positions. There were so many calls for her to stay back (whether those calls were genuine is another matter; in politics so many things are false) that she could easily orchestrated  a reason for not stepping down, especially even the TopChai has openly asked her to stay back.

So it is a surprise that she did the honourable thing and kept her promise.

It is not easy for her to do so. As a deputy minister, she had power beyond the imagination of ordinary folks. SHe had all the trappings that made so many politicians sell their souls in order to get those trappings.

SO, my salute and my hats off to her. By the way, she was the former MP of PJ utara, which included my house, and by all accounts, she was a hardworking MP, even though the broken drains outside my house took 5 years to be repaired, I had no grudge against her. My drain problems were probably because of the Adun whom I had approached many times for  more than 3 years before the drains were repaired (read my post : the politics of the drains).

But maybe I could not fault the Adun too, since drains are the jobs of the local councils. That is why I have all along supported an elected 3rd tiered government in the form of local government.

Aduns and MPs should be involved in the formulations of policies and the running of the state and federal government respectively, and not be involved in drains, street lights, gabbage and so on which should be the jobs of the local councillors.

Coming back to Chow, looking at another angle, she is now much stronger to make a comeback next year. By taking one step backward, she may have planted the seeds to go forward a few steps; a clever move politically. SHe must have learned Sun Tsu when studying in Taiwan.


13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. klm
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 10:44:12

    Dr. Hsu, I only agree in part. While I respect this resignation decision by that woman, she had painted herself into a corner and had very little choice. It was still a very difficult decision. Not resigning meant the end of her political career.

    After observing her for past 2 years, she will never get my vote again. She is just a political operator. She has not clue of what is going on and do not seem to care. She just flow with the stream.

    Her resignation is her only saving grace.


  2. CYC
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 10:48:46

    So, when is the turn of Gerakan president to do the honourable act -No back door position. Shit, it stink!
    君子之言, 不可戏之, 除非你是伪君子!


  3. Dr Hsu
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 10:52:47


    taking my hats off for her in this instance (keeping to her words and resigning), does not equate that I or some of the PJ residents will support her.

    In PJ, residents vote not on service record but more on issues, national issues especially. That is why it is an uphill task for BN in PJ in the next election, and deservedly so.

    I do not agree with her part in stabbing the former TopOng too, following the example of the Brutus. But that is another issue.


  4. Dr Hsu
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 11:00:52

    That is why I said in politics, people do not keep to their words. It is wrong to promise one thing and then do another, even after a duration of a year. No one who lost in a GE should be appointed ministers or deputy ministers; and that is the essence of democracy so lacking in our leaders. That is my stand and I have voiced out this stand in and outside the party.. U can rest assured how much they would like me to go… they can sleep better…without the thorns.


  5. CYC
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 11:14:41


    The reason why wrote so many comment on Gerakan leadership for only one reason – get Gerakan out of BN. though I know I am nobody but i do hope more bloggers will share my sentiment and start a campaign to aid the realization of this goal. You guys out there, please help.


  6. klm
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 12:42:32

    Happy day is here again. One more by-election for MP in Sibu. Heaven has spoken again.


  7. chabalang
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 17:32:31

    She was one of the more on-the-ground MCA MPs – at least she was seen in the constituency quite a few times during her stint as MP (I stay in PJU).

    Too bad for her – PJU was just too anti-BN for her to win.


  8. CYC
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 17:43:09

    CMF may have gone but his master OKC is still in CC. The worst part is he was appointed to head the religious bureau. Personally, I feel it is an insult to the Buddhist community in specific and to the other religion in general. How could we have such faked personality to meddle in religious matter? He lies while smiling to u, is that not enough to justify his skillful means.


  9. ahoo
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 18:33:43

    At least for this matter, she have kept her promise. Sad part is that no many women in her party follows her ? These women should have the dignity to stand up and say that they cannot be subject to a President that wears tainted glasses even in darkroom ?

    Meanwhile, let us enjoy and savour the drama on mca as the day passes. We should be seeing more than three camps by now. In Malaysia, we are not short of surprises and excitements from the political arena. One coming up in Hulu Selangor and even before the candidates are announced, we have another one coming along in Sibu. Maybe more will follow when heaven decides that the strength of the ruling govt need to be tested every now and then.


  10. ong
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 21:41:13


    I think the question of Gerakan existing as a viable political party outside of BN is out of the question. With the kind of leadership in Gerakan I am 99.9% sure that once out of BN, it will drop dead almost straight away like a person suffering a massive heart attack. Even Dr. Hsu will not be able to revive it.

    It is for the same reason PPP is still in BN, which is for it’s leaders to get some government posts. My guess is that sometime in the not too distant future, Gerakan will be like PPP, with only a deputy minister post which they have to beg for.

    There is only one dignified way out for Gerakan members who still want to preserve some personal dignity. Dissolve the party and it’s members can join one of the PR parties.


  11. disgusted
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 23:40:17


    ha ha, One more too many but my guts telling me that one more before next GE…of course, I am joking for this second time.

    And you are right about the mee hun.

    Sometimes in life, you give up everything in order to get everything eventually, if lucky. But superman did not give up and lost almost everything….well….eventually.


  12. Meng
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 23:46:56

    “TopChai has openly asked her to stay back”…thats the reason she resigned…frighten mah to be called to act in DVD…never know what is in his corrupted mind.

    Just clowing Doc


  13. Chauncey Gardener
    Apr 10, 2010 @ 00:42:59

    The most memorable non-fulfilment of an election promise was that of Samy Vellu after the Lunas by election many years ago.

    Agree with klm that CMF had painted herself in a corner and failure to do so may have really sunk her political career.


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