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PPP Fading Away

Khairy: It’s a matter of party’s strength

REMBAU: “You should not run before you learn how to crawl.”

This was the message from Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) to understand Barisan Nasional’s politics of strength, influence and understanding.

“It is not a question of Barisan Nasional forgetting history or not respecting PPP, but a matter of showcasing each party’s strength. PPP is still in the process of rebuilding.

“PPP should also be grateful that BN chairman and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi allocated a seat to PPP president Datuk M. Kayveas in the last general election.

“That was an acknowledgement that the party was making progress. They can’t expect to go back to the 1960s and 1970s when they won a lot of state and parliamentary seats.”

He added that the allocation of seats was based on a mutual decision by the BN chairman and component party leaders.

Each party’s strength and influence among the people would have a direct effect on the allocation of seats, he said at the Rembau Umno Youth Hari Raya open house yesterday.

Khairy was commenting on PPP Youth chief T. Murugiah’s remarks that BN had forgotten its promises to the party when it joined the coalition in 1972 — to retain PPP’s four parliamentary and 12 state seats won in the 1969 general election.

“I totally disagree with any parties making demands like what PPP is doing. If there are any demands, they should have used the appropriate channels. It is easy for leaders to make demands during a general assembly as they will always get support from the grassroots. However, as mature and responsible leaders, we should not play with sentiments.”

– quoted from an article published in NST on 22nd October 2007 (link)

I personally don’t like Khairy and his message to ‘not run before learning how to crawl’ was quite a slap to the face for PPP.

But he’s right – why is PPP suddenly making a big show of their demand for 1 seat for each state, referring to a 1972 promise? Shouldn’t they have made this demand before the last election? In any case, a party with few members cannot expect to be allocated as many seats. I felt this demand was rather silly when I first read it, 1972 is just too far back.

I am reminded of a quote, forgot exactly where its from – “Commit nothing to paper”. If BN had promised these seats in writing to PPP then PPP probably would have gotten their way.

I support the existence of multi-racial parties, it is a shame that PPP is sinking further and further into obscurity. Who’s next, Gerakan? 😦

Warning Signs #1

Written by ak57

October 25, 2007 at 8:54 pm

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