Media Conference Statement (3) by Lim Kit Siang at Penang DAP Hqrs on
Tuesday, 12th February 2008 at 12 noon:
Chia Kwang Chye
will be Khairy’s favourite choice to be the next Gerakan Penang Chief
Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak has said that with the announcement by
the Acting Gerakan President, Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon to move to the
federal level in the upcoming general election, the post of Penang Chief
Minister will continue to be reserved for the Gerakan.
Yes, the post of Penang Chief Minister will continue to be reserved for
the Gerakan, but for the first time for four decades, it will be UMNO
and not Gerakan which will decide who will be the Penang Gerakan Chief
This is because Tsu Koon has submitted three names as his successor to
the Prime Minister and it is up to Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to
decide who should be the next Penang Gerakan Chief Minister!
The confession by the Gerakan Secretary-General Datuk Seri Chia Kwang
Chye that he knew nothing about the three names submitted by Koh to
Abdullah is most shocking.
Shouldn’t this be a decision or at least the consensus of the top
Gerakan leadership instead of by one person who is the Acting Gerakan
Furthermore, did the Gerakan leadership take an earlier decision that
Gerakan surrender to Abdullah its power and right to decide as to whom
should be the next Gerakan Penang Chief Minister or did Koh act
unilaterally and unconstitutionally in violation of Gerakan party
Once Gerakan surrenders the right and power to decide who should be the
next Gerakan Penang Chief Minister, this right and power is lost forever
and never is regained – and the Gerakan Penang Chief Minister will just
be an UMNO appointee!
It is an open secret that once Koh surrenders the Gerakan power and
right to decide who should be the next Penang Gerakan Chief Minister to
Abdullah, it is in fact surrendering to UMNO and Khairy Jamaluddin -
Abdullah's son-in-law and the real "power-behind-the-throne".
Khairy Jamaluddin, the master of the powerful Putrajaya Fourth Storey,
is already a very powerful man if not the most powerful man in UMNO and
For instance, everybody knows that Khairy is the de facto Mentri Besar
of Terengganu and that Datuk Idris Jusoh is just a puppet and a `Mentri
Besar in name only. It is Khairy who dispenses with the billions of
ringgit of "wang ehsan" from the five per cent oil royalty for the state
from Petronas, which completely bypassed the Mentri Besar's Office!
Now Khairy is accumulating even greater power as he will finally be
deciding who is to be the next Gerakan Penang Chief Minister – as it is
again public knowledge that Khairy virtually makes all the important
decisions which are announced by the Prime Minister, from top civil
service and judicial appointments, approval of mega contracts without
tender, dispensing billions of ringgit of funds in Terengganu which
completely overshadow the state government's budget to the latest
decision as to who should be the next Penang Gerakan Chief Minister from
the three names submitted by Koh!
In the guessing-game as to which one of the three names submitted by Koh
will be the next Gerakan Penang Chief Minister, there is no doubt that
it is Chia Kwang Chye who is the “hot favourite” as the choice of Khairy.
The other two contenders Datuk Dr. Teng Hock Nan and Datuk Lee Kah Choon
just don’t stand a chance at all!
As Deputy Information Minister, Chia has fully served UMNO interests
instead of Malaysian interests in turning the RTM and the Information
Department into shameless appendages of UMNO to spread UMNO propaganda
instead of being non-partisan in disseminating news and information as
they are government departments funded by taxpayers irrespective of
political beliefs and voter preference.
If UMNO wants to use radio and television to spread its propaganda, it
should set up a Radio and Television UMNO but it should never misuse
government resources and facilities like the RTM for party propaganda.
Chia had been a loyal subordinate to the Information Minister, Datuk
Zainuddin Maidin in the misuse and abuse of RTM not only for narrow UMNO
and Barisan Nasional political interests, but also to promote divisive
and polarizing viewpoints and policies.
Two recent examples are:
• For the past two
weeks, the nightly insertion into television news of the tendentious,
unethical and distorted presentation of the 40,000-people peaceful
gathering for the submission of the BERSIH petition for free, fair and
clean election to the Yang di Pertuan Agong on Nov. 10 to vilify
Opposition leaders; and
• The misrepresentation of the culture of the Malaysian Chinese on RTM
Panorama programme on the second day of the Chinese New Year purporting
to depict a typical Malaysian Chinese family preparing for Chinese New
Year when it showed a Muslim Chinese family’s preparation for the
Why had Chia been
so thunderously silent on these two episodes?
Bernama’s reporter had been very perceptive with the Sunday report that
Tsu Koon's announcement that he has decided to move to the federal level
came "a few hours after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
mentioned that he (Abdullah) would decide for the Penang Chief Minister
if the latter was unable to make up his mind whether to contest a state
seat or go for a parliament seat".
Koh has proved that he is even more indecisive than Datuk Seri Abdullah
Ahmad Badawi, which must have pleased the Prime Minister very much.
I regret that in his comments on Koh’s decision, Gerakan adviser Datuk
Seri Dr. Lim Keng Yaik, like Chia Kwang Chye previously, continued his
attack on the “Lim Kit Siang-Lim Guan Eng father-and-son” political
dynasty in Penang.
A final decision has yet to be taken as to whether Guan Eng would be
leading the DAP campaign in Penang in the next general election and I
had said last week that it is my intention to defend the Ipoh Timur
However, since Keng Yaik and Chia Kwang Chye have been so perverse and
persistent in wanting to make “Lim Kit Siang-Lim Guan Eng
father-and-son” political dynasty in Penang into an issue, may be the
best way to join issue with this political onslaught is in the Penang
political arena itself. This warrants consideration.
Kit Siang, Parliamentary
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman