Happy Merdeka Day! – though some of you may not exactly be in a celebratory mood.
Anyway, if you are feeling a little bored on what is a sunny day here in Penang, why not hop over to your local news-stand and pick up a copy of Off the Edge magazine for some ‘fun’. (The magazine does not come with The Edge weekly tabloid; you have to buy the magazine separately.) This week’s cover story is a remarkably frank and hard-hitting interview with Gerakan adviser Dr Lim Keng Yaik, who even accepts partial blame for the 8 March BN setback.
He is not a happy man though and, horrors, utters an expletive during the interview.
I just hope interviewers Ho Kay Tat and Jason Tan were sitting a safe distance away, if you know what I mean. 🙂
He says he has spoken out before – to Dr M and within BN circles, about the prevalence of money politics. (“It’s all money, money, money, money, money.”)
Just to give you a flavour of the interview:
Where did the BN and Umno go wrong especially in their response to Anwar’s ‘branding’ of Ketuanan Rakyat?
The more they hammer Anwar, the more they popularise him. I was also part of it, hammering Anwar, telling all the stories about Anwar.
Didn’t work. [The people responded by saying], ‘Lu kong si ha mi ah? Lu boh aneh cham ah, lu boh eong eh lang, sway lang, chau lang lai.’ (In Hokkien: ‘what are you all in BN talking about? Aren’t you so bad yourself? BN is useless, a pox on the people, and a bunch of rogues.’)
I blame this purely on the arrogance, abuse of power and non-transparency of Umno, the interference of the ‘Fourth Floor’ boys who think they know best, and the inability to keep the civil servants at bay….
About problems involving an uncooperative and “racially biased” civil service:
We have a damn bloody serious problem, you are right!
And about Umno leaders saying they want a multi-racial government:
They don’t mean what they say (laughs). We realise that we’ve been bloody led up the garden path!
What about the dubious land deals in Penang?
(Koh Tsu Koon) was not strong enough to stop the Umno fellas. Let’s see the land cases coming up; you’ll find an Umno arm all over the place. Yes, and Guan Eng is saying, “You did not stop it.”
All the same, Keng Yaik thinks that Anwar is not the right leader and says he will never be PM because of his “impatience”.
Meanwhile, there’s already a debate within Gerakan on whether they should stay on in the BN. If a vote was to be taken today among party leaders and members, what would it be?
“Out,” responds KY, but then adds that no vote has been taken because “they are not ready”.
Ai-yah, still not ready, ah? (From the poll on this blog, 36 per cent of you feel Gerakan should join Pakatan.)
Go get a copy of Off the Edge and read the full interview. It’s worth a few laughs – good value for RM6!