Press Statement from Y.B. Sim Tze Tzin, Penang Parti Keadilan Rakyat Vice Youth Chief and State Assemblyman of Pantai Jerejak.
21 June 2009
Penang Parti Keadilan Rakyat Youth Wing strongly oppose Party Gerakan’s Vice President Huan Cheng Guan from joining the party. There are numerous rumour that Mr Huan might join Keadilan recently and the Penang Youth Wing feels the need to take a stand.
We observe a trend among Barisan Nasional leaders that often utilize Parti Keadilan as a jumping platform in order to further negotiate with their respective parties. The first incident was Datuk Arif Shah, the Seberang Jaya State Assembly, threatening UMNO to cross over to Keadilan in his fight with his Division Chairman. Second high profile incident was Dr. Chua Soi Lek in his spat with his President Ong Tee Keat, also threatened to cross over to Parti Keadilan. Now, Parti Gerakan’s Huan Cheng Guan is again taking this opportunistic approach to threaten his party.
Mr Huan has never indicated his intention to join Keadilan to fight for justice, human rights and democracy. All the while he threatened to leave just because he lost his position and influence in his party. Furthermore, his track record fell short of any substantial effort in improving democracy, rule of law and idealism to fight for social justice for the rakyat. Thus, very different from the idealism that exists in Parti Keadilan.
The grassroots among Parti Keadilan Rakyat despise these opportunistic Barisan Nasional Leaders and strongly urge the leadership to reject Mr. Huan. They have voiced up in various meetings and sent sms-es to urge the leaders to take a strong stand to prevent him from joining the party. The grassroots worried that these opportunistic BN leaders will bring in bad practises such as corruption, nepotism, money politics, and factionalism into the party. Penang Keadilan Youth Wing decided to stand up to this call to oppose Mr. Huan from joining the party.
We believe that he has no moral high ground to join the party and would gravely affect PKR’s standing and image as a progressive reformed party.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat welcomes any Malaysian who has the idealism and conviction to fight for democracy, social justice, rule of law for a better Malaysia. We especially welcome the youth to join because of their idealism and energy to bring in changes. We still have a long way and a lot of work to do, we need more young and idealistic youths to bring about changes. The last thing we need is opportunists to derail our effort to bring new dawn to Malaysia.
Sim Tze Tzin State Assemblyman of Pantai Jerejak
Penang Parti Keadilan Rakyat Youth Vice Chairman
-- Sim Tze TzinADUN Pantai JerejakState Assemblyman of Penang
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