‘CON­STITUENTS DIS­AP­POINTED IN KIT SIANG’ Yet to be reg­is­tered par­ties, NGOs plan to top­ple govt, says JMM

MP’s 4-year ab­sence from Ge­lang Patah un­be­com­ing, says MCA deputy pres­i­dent

New Straits Times - - News -

CHUAH BEE KIM

AND AH­MAD FAIRUZ OTH­MAN JO­HOR BARU news@nst.com.my

THE con­stant ab­sence of Ge­lang Patah’s DAP mem­ber of par­lia­ment Lim Kit Siang in his con­stituency is un­be­com­ing of a leader of his stature, said an MCA leader and con­stituents.

MCA deputy pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the fact that Lim was never around in the al­most four years he was an elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Jo­hor proved that the DAP ad­viser was a “touch-and-go” leader.

“If con­stituents want an MP of cal­i­bre who can serve them, they would be dis­ap­pointed in Lim. You will not find him in his con­stituency. He is like a frog who hops from one seat to an­other.

“The long­est he has ever stayed in one seat was prob­a­bly in Ipoh Timur, but in other times, he had been hop­ping from one seat to an­other. I do not think he will want to con­test in Ge­lang Patah af­ter this,” Wee told the New Straits Times yes­ter­day.

Wee, who is also Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment, said from the way Lim treated his con­stituents, it was ob­vi­ous that his move to con­test in Ge­lang Patah was merely for him to ob­tain power.

“He just wanted to get power and a seat. Vot­ers in the con­stituency had high ex­pec­ta­tions from him to serve as an MP, but he has not ful­filled his re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

A poser on Lim’s ser­vices to Ge­lang Patah con­stituents was hotly de­bated fol­low­ing a pho­to­graph cir­cu­lated via What­sApp that showed a ban­ner with his photo and writ­ten with: “Where is Un­cle Kit Siang? Ge­lang Patah Misses You”.

Mean­while, Ge­lang Patah Umno di­vi­sion chief Mo­ham­mad Khairi A. Ma­lik said there were many is­sues such as dam­aged road and in­fras­truc­ture, and flash floods in Ge­lang Patah, which were never ad­dressed by Lim.

“It is not just him, but a ma­jor­ity of DAP elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Jo­hor are seat warm­ers just like Lim. These DAP wakil rakyat are not lo­cal and they do not serve their vot­ers.

“While other MPs visit their con­stituency ev­ery week or fort­night, Lim will only be seen dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son.”

How­ever, Khairi urged the DAP stal­wart to con­tinue to con­test in Ge­lang Patah so that he could bear wit­ness to the end of his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer

“As an Umno di­vi­sion chief here, I wel­come it if he de­cides to seek re-elec­tion. Vot­ers will pun­ish him in Ge­lang Patah for not serv­ing them all this while,” said Khairi.

Ge­lang Patah res­i­dent Siti Noor Sepee, 34, said she was dis­ap­pointed that her MP of­ten dis­crim­i­nated the places he vis­ited.

“He goes to the new vil­lages and cer­tain ar­eas when he comes back to the con­stituency. I’ve never seen him visit the Malay com­mu­nity.”

An­other res­i­dent, Datin Norhay­ati Yu­sof, said Lim’s ser­vice cen­tre was of­ten closed and there were no peo­ple man­ning it. PU­TRA­JAYA: Jaringan Me­layu Malaysia (JMM) has al­leged that two par­ties and four non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions (NGOs) cur­rently in the process of be­ing granted ap­proval by the Reg­istry of So­ci­eties (RoS), have re­ceived for­eign fund­ing to top­ple the gov­ern­ment.

Its pres­i­dent, Datuk Azwand­din Hamzah, urged RoS to carry out de­tailed in­ves­ti­ga­tion on the in­di­vid­u­als and par­ties which were in the midst of reg­is­ter­ing.

“We have ev­i­dence in the form of pho­to­graphs of meet­ings be­tween these in­di­vid­u­als and their for­eign fun­ders, in­clud­ing Amer­i­can bil­lion­aire Ge­orge Soros,” he said af­ter sub­mit­ting a mem­o­ran­dum to RoS here yes­ter­day.

“We have ev­i­dence to prove the fund­ing was for them to carry out mea­sures to bring down the gov­ern­ment.”

Other than Soros, Azwand­din said the par­ties and NGOs were re­ceiv­ing fund­ing from The In­ter­na­tional Les­bian, Gay, Bi­sex­ual, Trans and In­ter­sex As­so­ci­a­tion (ILGA) and other or­gan­i­sa­tions based in the United States. When asked to re­veal the names of the in­di­vid­u­als in­volved, he said it would be done in due course.

“I am close to one of the three in­di­vid­u­als in­volved.

“It is a shame that this per­son is en­gag­ing with for­eign­ers for money.”

Azwand­din said he hoped R o S w o u l d r e v i e w i t s p r o c edures to ap­prove the es­tab­lish­ment of a party af­ter con­sid­er­ing its af­fil­i­a­tion, in­clud­ing its fun­ders.

“We don’t want any other par­ties such as Suaram and Ber­sih, which had re­ceived for­eign fund­ing and used it to cre­ate chaos in the coun­try.

“Ap­prov­ing these par­ties will only make Malaysia vul­ner­a­ble to for­eign pow­ers.”

Azwand­din, who hoped for a pos­i­tive re­sponse from RoS, said he would re­veal the names of those in­volved in re­ceiv­ing the for­eign fund­ing if RoS did not re­spond to JMM’s com­plaint.

PIC BY FARIZ ISWADI IS­MAIL

Jaringan Me­layu Malaysia pres­i­dent Datuk Azwand­din Hamzah (fourth from left) and JMM mem­bers show­ing copies of the mem­o­ran­dum, which were handed to the Reg­istry of So­ci­eties in Pu­tra­jaya yes­ter­day.

Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong

Lim Kit Siang

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