Why do people join political parties?
Posted on September 2nd, 2008 by Lilian • Filed under: politics
Many years ago, when I was working, I have some Wanita MCA women asking me to join MCA. At that time, I see them as ladies of pleasures, women with nothing better to do. I also know the dealings going on in Gerakan, like how they sold Hotel Metropole and do not care if it is demolished. (you need to come from the era of the pek moh kau who was the former MPPP head before the boh nui KTK gave the post away to other political party. Pek moh kau was a very good leader, strict and firm and hence, Penang was clearner and better then.)
Then, I have an ex-colleague who always boasted about his friend in Prai MIC. That bugger really annoyed the hell out of me eventually (with his 15 years of kavadi curse on me). One day, I asked him, “Why do people join political party? If they are sincere in helping the poor and needy, why can’t they just join Lions Club or something? It is all about money and influence and power, isn’t it?”
He couldn’t answer me. And until today, I still haven’t find the answer. However, lately, political parties do interest me because I have seen the likes of Tian Chua (you know…he is only one year older than me?), Lim Guan Eng (yayaya, this one no need introduction) and Ng Yen Yen, Kee Phaik Cheen (bwahahaha, these last two are jokes, ok? I no tuacibai, so I cannot fit their profiles.)
The thing about political parties is when you are in there, you have to love dirty politics. Of course, those are not daunting to me. Let’s say I sign up a membership with one of the political parties, I am either the nobodies or I will make my presence felt. I am not used to be a nobody. So, you know my purpose.
This morning, I feel like spitting on Chia Kwang Chye of Gerakan. He was formerly the MP or ADun (I don’t even know) of my area and my area covers the Penang Hill. That lame loser, after losing his Bukit Bendera seat in the last election, has the nerve to go up to Penang Hill to create batu api. That place was his constituency for many years. The hill was his baby. The rail was under him. But what has he done for Penang Hill? Nothing except trying to sell off the hill to make money. Spoiling the natural habitat. But now, this bugger no longer in charge, he has the nerve to go up there to wave flags with children and take photo. PHHTTOOOOI!!! How fake can he get?
Former Bukit Bendera MP Datuk Seri Chia Kwang Chye appealed to the state government to quickly solve the problem for the sake of the hilltop residents and hawkers.
So, when I saw him waving flags and batu-api-ing the people there, I pun scold lah. “Where the hell were you when you were the MP/ADun there? You did nothing for them, now you want to use them to gain a trump card against DAP (now Bukit Bendera is under the CM as ADun and MP is DAP political strategist Liew Chin Tong). They have been there for less than half a year, the funicular train was like ages ago. Kanasai, you think we Penang people stupid kah? You are the culprit, never bother with maintenance and etc and now, acting angel.”
My husband gave me a ‘you are stupid, woman’ look. He said, “If you see any news about MCA or Gerakan, don’t read lah!”
I am still wondering how this little girl who stays up in Penang Hill and goes to kindy at the foothill manage.
Talking about little kids, let me tell you another story. This morning, while I was hanging around, waiting to stalk the CM (LOL), there was a large crowd around to bodek him. You know lah, everyone wants to shake hand with him like shake hands liao, can strike lucky number.
So, after he got down from the car and went up with all the kaki bodeks (LOL), the place was cleared. And I saw these two kids sitting on the floor. They were there earlier but due to the crowds, no one noticed them.
My heart skipped a beat because those crowd of people could have stepped on them. They were just innocent kids, not aware of the danger. I suppose the parents are traders at the market.
But what pissed me off is when the people said, “Nasib baik CM tak nampak budak ni duduk kat sini. Kalau nampak, Yee Cheu (the ADun for Tanjung Bungah) mesti kena marah dengan CM.” I was like, “WTF, you think CM is god with 12 pairs of eyes and 12 pairs of hands kah? You all expect him to do everything. Why you people never notice these kids sitting there in the middle of the path earlier when you were all standing there, waiting to bodek?”
At the end of it, I still do not know why people join political party? I see them as people who join for the sake of being famous, influential, powerful and etc. Are there sincere political party members? Come on, convince me. Then, I go sign up as PAS first non-Muslim member, PKR and DAP as well.