Wednesday May 9, 2012
Cheah says ‘comedy of errors’ can undermine party ideals
By A. LETCHUMANAN
KUALA LUMPUR: A DAP state assemblyman has written a stinging letter to his party leaders to describe the four years of Pakatan Rakyat rule in Selangor as a comedy of errors.
Damansara Utama assemblyman Dr Cheah Wing Yin said party-appointed local councillors could not take their oath of office because they could not read or speak Bahasa Malay-sia.
“Party whips even called for a walkout to boycott council meetings when they are in the ruling coalition.
“Also, a 23-year-old fresh graduate has been appointed a councillor,” Dr Cheah said in his 12-page letter addressed to DAP advisers Dr Chen Man Hin and Lim Kit Siang, national chairman Karpal Singh and secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
The letter, made available to The Star, said a party that preached competency, accountability and transparency should not merely use it as an election slogan to fish for votes but should put it in practice all the time.
Dr Cheah also had a string of complaints against the Petaling Jaya City Council and a certain “powerful MP” who apparently had “the final say”.
He claimed that city councillors from the DAP had failed to respond to complaints and had also not attended council meetings to address problems of his or her constituents.
He also cited incidents of favouritism, such as in the allocation of Chinese New Year hawker stalls and the handling of the city council's debt collection.
Dr Cheah alleged that the city council had approved the debt collection to a legal firm recommended by a PKR representative for a RM15,000 fee but a DAP councillor diverted it to her associate's firm for RM55,000.
He said there was a need to stay united but warned that there was no place for “little warlords” who could subvert and undermine the DAP's ideals.
Selangor DAP chairman Teresa Kok, contacted by SMS, declined to comment.