Sunday, March 14, 2010

Gerakan Makes Some Noise

It’s good to know that Gerakan was perturbed over a statement by Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin that UMNO's door “was always open to anyone wanting to become its members”, including Zulkifli.

Their president as well as Minister in the PM’s Department, Koh Tsu Koon told The Malay Mail last Thursday: “In my opinion, the BN should not accept any of these party quitters; otherwise, people will begin accusing our party of engineering the resignations” (Webpage, posted March 11, 2010).

Prior to that, Penang Gerakan chairman Dr Teng Hock Nan, had urged UMNO and the BN leadership not to accept controversial Kulim-Bandar Baru Member of Parliament Zulkifli Noordin, who was sacked from PKR last Saturday, as a member. Teng had earlier said Zulkifli was sacked by PKR for his unwillingness to subscribe to multiracialism, and accepting him into UMNO and BN would not augur well for BN as a moderate and multiracial coalition serving the interests of all Malaysians.

I guess it is comforting to know that even not-so-intelligent politicians could at least demonstrate that sometimes they do talk sense! Now if they could only summon what little courage they have and make that easy decision to pull Gerakan out of BN. But then, probably not! Koh got a ministerial position through Najib’s goodwill – therefore, he is unlikely to want to give it up any time soon.

Worse for Koh is the fact that his mentor, Lim Keng Yaik (who headed Gerakan for 27 long years), in a recent interview, had expressed his belief that the party has lost Penang for good. Yes, sometimes the truth hurts. Yet, Koh was in self-denial – he had said: ““I don’t think Penang is lost to us. Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik’s statement is a worst case scenario. We still have a chance to prove him wrong” (Webpage, posted February 23, 2010). Dream on, Koh!

Robbie Keane had a great game when his second-half hat-trick kept Celtic's silverware quest alive as Tony Mowbray's side swept into the Active Nation Scottish Cup semi-finals.

Brave Kilmarnock kept the visitors at bay until the second half when Keane latched onto Edson Braafheid's long pass to roll home (64). Then substitute Marc-Antoine Fortune set up the unmarked Keane for a second with a cross to the back post for a tap-in (81), and thereafter, the former again supplied the latter for his third after a swift counter attack (82).

In the Arsenal-Hull match, the Gunners struck first with a typically incisive move that ended with Andrey Arshavin firing in from close range (14). A Sol Campbell's foul on Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink allowed Jimmy Bullard to fire Hull level from the penalty spot (28) and Arsenal wrapped the game when Niklas Bendtner fired home in injury time (90+3).

This was not a vintage performance from the Gunners but that will be of no concern to Arsene Wenger, whose side are now second in the EPL table and only behind Chelsea on goal difference. Man U is, of course, in third place.

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