As someone who has been a CC member of a political party ( supposedly the highest decision making body but in reality not necessary so), and someone who has always spoken his mind over many issues and policies (often against party stand too), i can understand how Tunku Abdul Aziz feels when he was rebuked for speaking his mind against the sit in of Bersih 3.0, even though he supports the aims and objectives of Bersih.
While I do not necessarily agree with him over his statement ( I was at Bersih 3.0 to show my support), I thought that he should be allowed to speak his mind especially when in his initial statement he did emphasize that was his personl opinion.
I thought the subsequent pressure on him not to seek another term of his senatorship was a wee bit too harsh, and that this act would backfire on the Rocket since it would be seen as an vindictive act.
I have always spoken against being too partisan, as i believe a political party is just a vehicle for achieving certain ideology and aims.
In the States, republican presidents have invited and appointed democratic party members into their cabinets and senior positions in government and vice versa. So a party’s ;eadership should be big enough to tolerate certain dissenting views in a democratic setting.
Malaysians have become so partisan that not only the line is so clearly drawn, but any person speaking publicly against party stand , even when this view is uttered in a personal capacity, is considered a ‘traitor’.
If you are in the ruling party, you cannot even say another thing good about the opposition , and vice versa, even if there are occasions that the opposing side did do something good.
It would have done Rocket a lot of good ( it would have showcased them as a truely democratic party, not only in name) if they have tolerated the dissenting views of the Tunku, and that would portray the party as a matured, tolerance(which i find is laking in almost all parties ) and magnanimous organisation that is really practicing true democracy. It would have attracted lots of likeminded malay intellectuals and fence sitters.
What a miss chance!
( I also doubt that Tunku Abdul Aziz wuld reconsider despite the plea from DAP leaders now that he has crossed the Rubicon. I myself didnot reconsider my quit decision despite pleas from the president of my former pary. The plea, as I see it, is an attempt to damage control its public image, and the leaders know that the quit decision is final)