Monday, May 25, 2009

2 Menteri Besars, 2 Party Presidents

T Murugiah - PPP President...

M Kayveas - PPP President...

15 months after the 12th. General Election, Malaysia's politics is still as hot as ever.

Most Malaysians thought the dust will settle down, after the March 2008 general election, but they were all proven wrong.

First, the shocking result of that general election itself - or better known as the political Tsunami of 2008 where the opposition defeated the mighty and powerful ruling party, the Barisan Nasional, BN in 4 states - Selangor, Perak, Kedah and Pulau Pinang.

The opposition also retained the state of Kelantan.

For the record, Selangor was once the strongest bastion of the BN, while Pulau Pinang is the home state of the then Prime Minister of Malaysia cum BN Chairman - Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

The stunning results gained by the opposition which comprises of a 3 parties pact, the Islamic party - PAS, the Democratic Action Party DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat, PKR, has shocked the world.

The BN also suffered further setback when 3 component party presidents lost - MIC President and long serving Works Minister - Datuk Seri S Sammy Vellu, People Progressive Party President - Datuk M Kayveas and Gerakan President - Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.

For the first time ever, the BN also lost the two third majority in Parliament but still remains in power, thanks to the solid performance of the party in 2 east Malaysia states - Sabah and Sarawak who altogether delivered 54 Parliamentary Seats.

Had the BN fared poorly in Sabah and Sarawak, there will be a historic change in the history of Malaysia as for the first time ever, the country will be governed by the opposition.

Now, after the general election, the state of Perak has caught the attention of many, right up to now, for there are 2 sets of Menteri Besars (Chief Ministers), State Legislative Assembly Speakers, Excos (State Ministers) as well as other political appointed posts.

On May 22 2009, the Malaysian Court of Appeal declared Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir of the BN as the rightful Menteri Besar of Perak.

Previously after the March 2008 general election, the post was held by Datuk Nizar Jamaluddin of PAS.

Perak has gone into crisis after 3 opposition assemblymen, 2 from PKR and 1 from DAP, jumped ship and declared their support to the BN.

Now, a BN component party - the PPP or People Progressive Party is making the news in the local political arena.

There are now 2 Presidents of PPP.

One is the current President - Datuk M Kayveas and the other is Senator Datuk T Murugiah who was earlier sacked as PPP Supreme Council member, but on Sunday 24 th May declared himself as the rightful President of PPP.

PPP might be a small party but this certainly is another colourful chapter in the history of Malaysia's politics...

The one party - 2 Presidents scenario is not new in Malaysia.

In Sarawak and Sabah, 2 BN component parties - Parti Rakyat Sarawak, PRS and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah, PBRS had suffered the same fate.

The final result in both cases always favoured the original or incumbent President.

Today the president of PRS is still the incumbent and original President - Datuk Seri Dr James Jemut Masing while Tan Sri Joseph Kurup remains as PBRS President ever since he founded the party in 1994.

And in the case of PPP, i think M Kayveas is still the rightful president after all.

This is the current scenario of the PPP saga as reported in today's online edition of the News Straits Times :

The People's Progressive Party (PPP) will issue a show cause letter to members who attended the “extraordinary general meeting” in Putrajaya on Sunday.

PPP president, Datuk M. Kayveas, said the party had recorded proceedings at the EGM and knew who had attended the ”illegal” meeting.

"I had around 100 agents who monitored the EGM and reported to me like James Bond," he said after attending the opening of the Pahang PPP annual general meeting by State Information committee chairman Datuk Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin.

Also present was Pahang PPP chairman Datuk M. Elayppen.

Kayveas claimed that more than 90 per cent of those who attended the EGM were not PPP members.

At the EGM, sacked PPP supreme council member Senator Datuk T. Murugiah was "elected" party president while delegates also adopted a resolution of no confidence against Kayveas.

The EGM also reinstated six supreme council members who had been sacked by Kayveas but dismissed 43 others allied with Kayveas.

Kayveas accused Murugiah of being a "publicity-crazy maniac" who had used a lawless platform to gain power.

"He should check in at Tanjung Rambutan (mental hospital). You cannot simply hold a meeting and elect a new president. This is not a Miss World pageant where the winner wears a sash and a crown," he said.

Kayveas said Murugiah had set a bad example to the younger generation by organising a programme that was not in accordance with the country's laws and party constitution.

He said the party was still united and regarded the latest development as just a "storm in a teacup”.

"I've gone through more difficult times before and this will not hamper my efforts to strengthen the party," he said.

He explained that the PPP had no problems with the Registrar of Societies (ROS) as all its documents and reports were in order.

"There are some technical problems but they can be rectified," he said refuting claims that the party would be de-registered after failing to follow regulations set by the ROS.

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