Monday, 28 May 2012

Tan Sri P.G. Lim is wrong about DPM posts for Chinese and Indian and about Lee Kuan Yew subsequently becoming PM of Malaysia


Tan Sri is a very much respected lawyer, diplomat and also in the field of arbitration which I am specializing in. Her views and opinions always carry a significant weight. So when I came to know that her memoir, titled Kaleidoscope – The memoirs of P.G. Lim is available, I am one of the first few who obtained a copy.
As I have this habit of finishing a book before starting a new one, I’ve only started to read her memoir on Wednesday and finished reading it couple of days ago. To my disappointment, the book not really a full memoir but it is more of a republishing of what the public already knew. However, what she wrote at the end of chapter 12, The Election of 1964, pages 206 and 207 catches my attention.
In the last paragraph of that chapter, she wrote that Lee Kuan Yew spoiled the chances of UMNO creating two posts of Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia for someone from the Chinese and Indian communities and that the choice of a Chinese Deputy Prime Minister could go to Lee Kuan Yew. In this way each community would in turn have the chances, one day, becoming the Prime Minister of Malaysia. She also added that such was the breadth of vision and openness current among Malay leadership at that time. Finally, she asked whether Lee Kuan Yew could have profited from this initial goodwill had he played his cards other in the way he did.
Tan Sri is wrong about this. There is no way; even at that time that the leadership of UMNO would allow someone that is not Malay to be the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Judging from history and their personalities, even if Tunku would like to have the post of Deputy Prime Minister for non-Malay, would Tun Razak and UMNO leaderships like Tun Dr Ismail, Syed Ja’afar Albar and even Dr Mahathir agreed to it ?  Or if they ever thinking of creating one, the post will go to Tun Tan Siew Sin rather than Lee Kuan Yew. Tan Sri, it is much of a wishful thinking for Chinese or Indians to be Prime Minister of Malaysia even though it is allowed in the constitution.
Lee Kuan Yew is a very smart chap. Never undermine the ability of Lee Kuan Yew. He had played his cards well. He achieved what he wanted and looking back, he is the one having the last laugh today, and laughed the loudest. 
Unless UMNO and the Malays are really prepared for non-Malay to be Prime Minister of Malaysia, such a thing would not happen, maybe never even in my lifetime. Perhaps a mini step would be, in the spirit of 1 Malaysia, we create a second post of Deputy Prime Minister for non-Malay. For BN and also for PR, they all should emulate Penang when it comes to having two Deputy Chief Minister’s posts so that all three major races are well represented or the state of Sabah with three Deputy Chief Minister’s posts for other races, including one for the Kadazan.
I would hope to see that manifesto of BN and PR in the next election will state that we will have the post of Deputy Prime Minister for non-Malays and also Deputy Chief Minister posts for other races in all states in Malaysia, not only Penang and Sabah.

8 comments:

  1. Dr. Mahathir was a nobody at the time. Politics was not so racial then but was more between the old conservative interests represented by the Alliance and the left. LKY was ambitious and ruthless and I am sure would have liked to be PM of Malaysia. He used the socialist/communist left to gain power and got them arrested as they posed the greatest threat to his power. I think people do not give enough credit to the team that created Singapore today.

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    1. Dear Colin,

      Allow me to set a few things straight, just in case you are not too familiar with politics during the early independence days of Malaya/Malaysia. First thing first, you are wrong to say Dr Mahathir was a nobody at that time. He was infact a young ambitious Member of Parliament and a loud critic of Tunku’s policies that he felt gave away too much Malay rights to the Chinese.

      Second, politics was racial even before independence. If not, why would we have special rights for Malays? If not, why would we have the thing call “Bumiputra”. Then what about Chinese education rights? What happened to the hero of Chinese education, the late Lim Lean Geok and also those who champion Chinese education? How many of them have either gone to jail, ISA or have their citizenship revoked.

      You are also wrong to state that “politics was not so racial then but was more between the old conservative interests represented by the Alliance and the left”. For your information, there was never any conflict in between Alliance that was about communism or capitalism. All the conflict they have in between them is more about nationalism, religion and educational rights. The communist never penetrate Alliance to create a truce like what happened with PAP in Singapore.

      Finally, if you think people do not give enough credit to the team that created Singapore today, you can refer to a lot of books that gave a lot of due credit to the left wings in PAP that later spilt to form Barisan Sosialis. There are books for Lim Chin Siong, Fong Swee Siong, Dr. Lee Siew Choh and many more. Another book, Men in White: The Untold Story of Singapore's Ruling Political Party by Sonny Yap, Richard Lim and Leong Weng Kam gave all the due credits to the founders of PAP.

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    2. Dear Ms.Jade Loo,
      Greetings as I read your Review on P G Lim's book I am constantly reminded of how very sad and depressed we were when PM Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore was booted out of Malaysia by the Ultras of the Ketuanaan Melayu Gang that subsequently took over from the good gentle Tengku Abdul Rahman who was a close friend of the LIMS and even lived in retirement in Georgetown,Penang. There is absolutely no question that the baba MCA Tan Siew Sin and Company and those of his Malay Ultra Sponsors like Tun Razak and Syed Jaafar Albar would never eventually tolerate a LKY Premiership in Malaysia because of race and differing philosophies on Country Development, UMNO wants a Malay Nationalism Malaysia regardless of economic progress whereas LKY and his team from Singapore wanted a Malaysia for Malaysians with good economic development underpinings a view wholly endorsed by my Old Friend Chief Minister of Penang Lim Chong Eu MD. So Ketuanaan Melayu of mamak Dr. Mahathir is just a fraud on the Malaysians of the Constitution handed down from Whitehall in London, UK. And the Pretence or Fraud of running a country thus succeeded because UMNO has a lock on the Malay Votes !And the MCA have been losing their own Chinese Voters that their candidates were given UMNO Malay Seats in malay rural constituencies !Very Sad indeed !

      Tan Sri Phaik Gan Lim's benign comments about Chinese and Indians getting into DPM positions is prabably a concession to Tun Razak's appointment of her to the Malaysia UN Representative post !

      The Malay People must at least realise that in this day and age the descendants of the Chinese and Indian Diaspora Settlors of old aren't really from anywhere else as attacked by some UMNO lunatics. They are as Malaysian as the bumi-putra soil of Malaysia so called !How can anybody respect a Mamak Half Indian Dr. Mahathir parading himself as a pure Malay yelling Ketuanaan Melayu Sahaja !His Era is already done and should be buried we should Bapak once did ! If they don't stop yelling pendatangs to the Chinese and Indians here in your malaysia,a Court Order should be obtained to remove Dr. mahatir back to Kerala India that's where his father came from !!!!

      Tan Sri Phair Gan Lim's tragedy is that she hasn't got the Tory Conservative Following of the late PM Lady Margaret Hilda Roberts Thatcher of Great Britain the First Femme Premier of Great Britain, God save the Queen !

      Gerald Heng-Tuah Sr.
      Metrowest Boston,MA. USA.
      PS : I visited Tan Sri P G Lim's brother Lim Lean Chye in Gerogetown, Penang last December 1st week 2012. HE is in good health at age 93 and a Piano Playing Virtuoso !

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    3. Dear Gerald Sr,

      Greetings from Malaysia.

      Thank you so much for your interesting insights about Tan Sri PG Lim. Sorry that I take a while to reply. I am all against racial politics and in this coming election, the voters must reject racist politicians.

      I do think she have axes to grind with LKY because if PAP does not send its candidate to contest in Sentul during Tan Sri's first political debut and spilt the votes in that three corner fight, Tan Sri would have became a Member of Parliament and perhaps the history of Malaysia would have been written differently.

      I hope I can have to honour to pay you a visit when I am in US this coming July.



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    4. Thank You Toh Puan Jade Loo, you are welcome,tell me when you like to come !Dates etc what you like to see ? etc. LKY is not someone enamoured by the Lim Family especially I think Lim Kean-Chye of the Malayan Democratic Union and Anti-British League with John Eber, Devan Nair, and others. As you know Devan Nair as President of Singapore didn't get on too well with LKY and his team.They got his Alchoholic and Women 's problems on the Record and he resigned, retired to Toronto Canada and died there !I think Lim Kean Chye thought LKY was just an Opportunist Politician with no firm ideological Ideals !I leave that Opinion to History having regard to History being almost always written favorably by Victors !

      Gerald Heng Sr.
      Metrowest Boston,MA.USA.
      ghengsrs@gmail.com available on Line 7/24

      Gerald Heng Sr.

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    5. Is Boston Massachusetts you only destination ? we are just one hour + flying time to Washington DC USA the second most liveable City in North America its the Nation's Capitol,its also where my daughter Attorney at Laws Sharmaine Heng Robins work at Covington et Burling LLP a 100 years old US based International Law Firm of 900 to 1000 Lawyers globally.

      Gerald Heng Sr.
      Metrowest Boston,MA. USA.

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    6. I just noted as a matter of interest Lim Kit Siang sonny boy Lim Guan-Eng succeeded the Dream of Chief Minister Penang the position once held by my old friend Dr.Lim Chong Eu MD and father-in-law to Ong Keng Poh a Chartered Artchitect of the NUS School Singapore.I just saw him last December 2012 in Georgetown.
      Are you in the DAP/Parti Pakataan Raayat of Anwar Ibrahim quite a politician with anti-Mahathir Ketuanaan Melayu Racist Orientation !

      Gerald Heng Sr.
      Metrowest Boston, MA. USA

      Gerald Heng Sr.

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  2. We Can't Go Home Again! We are marooned at Boston Harbour !

    Minta Maaf Saya Tak Boleh Balek Kampong Seronok Di-Pulau Ada Pinang, Saya Sudah Hilang Lah Di-Dunia Masa Ini !
    Kata Kata ini Dato Onn Jaafar Pengulu Agong Negeri Johore .

    ghengsrs@gmail.com

    Gerald Heng-Tuah Sr.
    Metrowest Boston,MA. USA.

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