Ramasamy said, “DAP is not afraid of holding elections. If the party has done something wrong, it only behooves on the part of the RoS to convey such wrongdoings in an official and professional manner.” In that case why did DAP not do that back in 2013 when the RoS first wrote to them asking them to do so? And are two letters from the RoS back in 2013 not “official and professional” enough?
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Raja Petra Kamarudin
“It is not for PAS or any other political party to say whether the DAP should abide by the decision of the ROS or not,” said DAP’s P. Ramasamy, the Penang Deputy Chief Minister 2 (READ HERE: DAP Is Not Afraid To Hold Fresh Polls).
Yes, this is the same DAP that said PAS should remove Abdul Hadi Awang as its President. DAP can tell PAS what to do but PAS must not tell DAP what to do. How arrogant this man is to think that they have every right to tell others what to do but you must not do the same to them. But then ‘Arrogance’ is DAP’s middle name anyway, so what do you expect?
And why does DAP want PAS to remove Hadi as its President? Because Hadi did not agree with DAP that Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail should be made the Selangor Menteri Besar — and instead PAS supported Azmin Ali to replace Khalid Ibrahim. In fact, in the first place, Hadi did not even agree to Khalid’s sacking.
But have they not said many times that the opposition coalition, at that time Pakatan Rakyat, works on the basis of agree to disagree? So of course you can disagree with DAP. Who said you cannot disagree? It was like when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was Malaysia’s Prime Minister for 22 years. Mahathir allowed freedom of speech. It was freedom after speech that you did not have.
Few ‘bread crumbs’ thrown at the leadership have meant that the party has forgotten the sacrifices of their past leaders to become a mere appendage of Umno. Today, PAS is remembered for its past rather than for the present,” added Ramasamy.
This is Mahathir’s favourite phrase: makan dedak. That is what the guru taught Malaysians and it looks like his disciples such as Ramasamy have caught on. Anyone who disagrees with Mahathir is accused of makan dedak (which translates to chicken feed).
Actually Mahathir has confessed to doing the same thing. Two years ago Mahathir said he does not understand why Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak needs RM2.6 billion to finance the 2013 general election when during his time he needed only RM1.5 billion.
The truth is Najib did not use the RM2.6 billion for the 2013 general election. The RM2.6 billion was for political activities and included the general election. Even then not all the RM2.6 billion was used up and the balance that was unused was returned to the donor.
Anyway, that is not the point. The point is Mahathir confessed that he used ONLY RM1.5 billion for the general elections during his time. And that is what we want to talk about.
There are 222 parliament seats and 587 state seats. Legally, Barisan Nasional can spend roughly RM100 million for the election campaign. Throw in the deposits and all other expenses then you should not exceed RM150 million. So if Mahathir spent RM1.5 billion, like he says he did, that would be ten times over the legal limit.
So, 10% is legal while 90% is under-the-table expenses. Does this not mean Mahathir was giving plenty of dedak to those who worked, supported or voted for Barisan Nasional? Mahathir invented the dedak system and used it in his 22 years as Prime Minister. And now he screams so much about it. It is just like Mahathir now screaming that Malaysia is a police state.
The irony of the whole thing is the police state system was what kept Mahathir in power for 22 years. If not he would have been kicked out after just six years in office — like he kicked out Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi after six years in office and tried to kick out Najib also after six years in office.
Yes, Mahathir allows you only six years and then he kicks you out like what they also tried to do to him — but failed because Mahathir had turned Malaysia into a police state. So whoever takes over as Pakatan Harapan’s Prime Minister, in the event they win the general election, will also have only six years after which he or she has to retire and hand over the premiership to Mukhriz. If not Mahathir will go for you and he will make sure he stays around till then although that means he has to live until 99.