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Fong Po Kuan, Incumbent Again?

SurprisedFong Po Kuan suddenly decided to come back yesterday, and frankly speaking I’m confused.

First she quits in a bad way, citing internal squabbling instead of picking a more diplomatic route of ‘wanting to settle down and start a family’.

Lim Guan Eng shames her by saying, ‘we might lose Batu Gajah’. Though since I read that DAP want to sue the press for misreporting, maybe Guan Eng didn’t say this *shrugs*.

Then her close friend Chong Eng announces that Fong wanted to quit in 2004 and life is very difficult for them as minority party women MPs.

Then Fong tells the press she is avoiding phone calls from DAP. Whatever happened to telling the press, ‘no comment’? You know how bad it must be if she’s not even picking up the phone when Kit Siang calls? Really bad.

In any case, this is in the past, time to move on. At least now DAP is pretty much guaranteed a safe seat, and Po Kuan … 4 more years of intense stress? Hopefully things improve internally in DAP post-election.

Drama Pros

  1. Stole a lot of column inches in the papers that could have been used for promoting BN?
  2. Brings to light the dedication that Po Kuan has to the people of Batu Gajah

Drama Cons

  1. Makes DAP look disorganised and disunited
  2. Makes Po Kuan look like she was pressed into service, both in 2004 and now

Related articles
Malaysiakini (link)
NST (link)

Elections #7

Written by ak57

February 23, 2008 at 5:41 pm

Fong Po Kuan, Incumbent No More

Related articles:


  1. Fong to be squeezed out of Batu Gajah? (link)
  2. Fong Quits Batu Gajah (link)

The Star

  1. Po Kuan sticking to her guns (link)
  2. DAP’s Iron Lady melts (link)


  1. Fong had wanted to quit in 2004, says Chong Eng (link)


  1. Batu Gajah MP declines nomination (link)
  2. Fong best person for Batu Gajah, says DAP (link)
  3. DAP desperately seeking Po Kuan (link)

I was surprised and saddened by this news, as she is a prominent DAP member and from what I have read Batu Gajah would have been a ‘sure win’ for her due to her tireless work for the people. To be forced out due to the political infighting of the Perak DAP and perhaps the party leaders … well it is unfortunate she did not contend in another state instead. Maybe it is just burnout? Po Kuan’s endorsement of her Batu Gajah replacement only if it is Thomas Su Keong Siong didn’t sound good either. State run media of course were happy to put her unhappy face on the front page, making DAP look bad and full of squabbles. What about the infighting going on almost daily in BN…apparently not worthy of more than a few paragraphs?

The next day Lim Guan Eng even went so far as to say, “We may lose Batu Gajah if she doesn’t run there”. Chong Eng (MP – Bukit Mertajam) wept and spoke at great length of the hardship endured by women, particularly in the Opposition, something which I agree with. Apparently Po Kuan wanted to quit in 2004 itself but decided to stay on, so she has sacrificed enough for the people already. Lets hope one day she decides to return to politics.

My salute:

Elections #6

Written by ak57

February 20, 2008 at 9:32 pm