Dr. Boo Cheng Hau's Trilingual Blog: SAY WHAT YOU LIKE

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Dr. Boo Cheng Hau's Trilingual Blog: SAY WHAT YOU LIKE

Tunku Aziz Should Stay

Posted: 17 May 2012 05:51 AM PDT

Speech by Dr Boo Cheng Hau, DAP Johor Chairman at Bersih 3.0 Sharing Session organised by DAPSY Johor at Cathay 88 Restaurant, Taman Molek, Johor Bahru on 16 May 2012.
Unlike its opponent BN leaders who used to call for "zero opposition"in Johor, as a mature political entity, PR Johor would not want a "zero opposition" if it ever comes into forming  government in Johor. 

In any normal democracy, we need a sustainable opposition to check and balance Government of the day to avoid abuses of power.

Bersih 3.0 is not only a mass social movement to urge the government of the day Barisan Nasional to respect people's right for peaceful assembly and fair elections, but aslo to remind PR that PR would respect human rights and implement a fair election process when we come to power.

It is a dream shared by Malaysians of all walks of life across racial and partisan divides. Notably Malaccan MCA Wanita Chief was threatened with sacking after having participated in Bersih 3.0. Therefore, Bersih inspires all Malaysians.

Even though I disagree with Tunku Aziz Tunku Ibrahim"s view on Bersih 3.0 for causing violence and being illegal, Tunku Aziz is a soft spoken gentleman who always holds honestly to what he believes in. 

Rights to peaceful assembly, freedom of speech and freedom of movement should NOT be defined totally by the Government of the day only as provided by our present Federal Constitution.

Our present Federal Constitution gives Government too much power to define what freedom of peaceful assembly and other human rights mean. We need a new constitutional reform to protect human rights regardless of whichever political parties are in power.

The Barisan Nasional, which has been in power since the Independence, should be whole responsbile for all the corruption and abuses caused so far.

Tunku Aziz should have stayed on in the DAP and PR to ensure that PR would uphold the spirit of Bersih to protect human rights and implement good governance when PR comes to power. 

With my brief interaction with Tunku Aziz as the DAP's Central Executive Committee members, we always have fond discussions and debates on various matters. His well articulated views are always appreciated.

I wish he would have stayed on in the DAP and Pakatan to give his views on various matters. He is also a man who respects others' opinion and is also humble enough to rectify his views if proven wrong. 

I am actually sad to see his departure from the fold of the DAP but still wish to discuss and debate with him on various matters if opportunities arise.

We differed on the view of Bersih 3.0  as peaceful civil disobedience beyond legality defined by powers-that-be. Usage of tear gas and chemical laced water canons showed that the Barisan Nasional has no will to change following abolishing the notorious Internal Security Act.

I personally did not  see any violence instigated by the Bersih participants but there was a carnival like mood where participants expressed their views in the form of creative songs, musics and slogans.  The police should have rallied together with the crowds and ensure uninterrupted peaceful assembly than the other way around.

I agree that Tunku Aziz is a man of principle and integrity. His departure and criticism should also make Pakatan Rakyat look more  seriously into our weaknesses. PR  also needs checks and balances within ourselves in regards to our leaders and members integrity. We cannot have double standards as far as integrity and transparency  is concerned.

I was surprised when DAP Johor was attacked to have ill intent to "embarrass top leadership" when its State Convention passed a resolution to require all future candidates to declare their assets. Our members and leaders must live up to the expectation of the public to realize a good and transparent governance. And good and transparent governance must begin from individual leaders' integrity first.

The main purpose of DAP Johor to observe the resolution that future candidates and elected members should declare their assets from time to time is to  deter ourselves from corruption and walk the talk of being transparent in managing our  finances. I hope our collective decision will be respected by everyone who strives for a future good governance. 







我们虽然对BERSIH 3.0 和合法性以及道德上,对恶法必须持有不合作态度的`看法不一样,但我对他离开行动党感到悲伤,但希望有机会在不同的场合,和他辩论探讨不同课题。




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