There’s a online petition going around asking the DAP, specifically Secretary General Lim Guan Eng to allow four women to participate in elections. They are Fong Po Kuan (for Batu Gajah), Elizabeth Wong (Batu Lanjan), Chritine Liew (Kota Kinabalu) and Gan Pei Nai (Rawang).
From previous and personal experiences, I know how difficult the seats negotiations are with DAP. They are often the taikos here but I hope that in time, they would soon realise that the Opposition will not have the time of day – whether to deny BN 2/3rd or simply add more seats – if they were to continue with their taiko-ness.
This is not to say that PKR is completely “innocent”. They just have to be more firm during seat negotiations and improve their negotiating skills!!!
See the online petition here and sign it if you will:
Dear Saudara Guan Eng,
We, the undersigned Malaysians, appeal to you and the leadership of DAP to ensure the candidacy of Fong Po Kuan in Batu Gajah parliamentary seat, and to give way to Parti Keadilan Rakyat to allow Christina Liew, Elizabeth Wong and Gan Pei Nei to contest for the parliamentary seat of Kota Kinabalu, and state seats of Batu Lanjan and Rawang, respectively.
We believe that Malaysia needs more capable, dedicated and aspiring women lawmakers. Appreciating DAP’s commitment to fielding 30% of women candidates in the elections, we appeal to your wisdom and love for Malaysia’s democracy to ensure the candidacy of Po Kuan, Christina, Elizabeth and Pei Nei.
Po Kuan had made a mark for the good of the party and all Opposition, with her spectacular win in 1999 and 2004, and is a symbol of young women power in the politics of the Opposition. Given the sexist remarks made by male-chauvinist parliamentarians in the old parliament, the re-election of Po Kuan is even of greater significance.
We are therefore extremely sorry that apparently some leaders within DAP fail to appreciate this, leading to Po Kuan’s painful decision to quit the contest. As she is well-loved by her constituents, there should not be any suggestion for Po Kuan to move to other constituencies either in Perak or Johor.
We are confident that Po Kuan will change her mind should there be undivided and genuine support at the top leadership for her candidacy.
We believe that DAP, as a magnanimous party which can put the nation’s interest before its own, should also ensure the candidacy of other good women candidates, even from other parties, to run. In particular, we support the candidacy of Christina Liew for Kota Kinabalu parliamentary seat, Elizabeth Wong (civil rights activist) for Batu Lanjan state seat and Gan Pei Nei for Rawang state seat.
To deny BN’s two third at both the federal and state levels as Saudara Kit Siang has called for, having serious candidates fighting serious battles is fundamental. In 2004, the nomination of DAP candidates for both Batu Lanjan and Rawang were struck off because one candidate did not have the deposit with him while the other did not complete the nomination form, resulting in BN’ walkover in Rawang.
Unlike BN, DAP is a party that pay attentions to and respects the people’s aspiration. We are therefore confident that, if the people show strong support for Po Kuan, Christine, Elizabeth and Pei Nei, DAP under your leadership will ensure and support their candidacy so that the opposition will win four more seats.