Jumaat, 11 April 2014

Fong hesitates over PKR’s conditional acceptance

KUCHING: Sacked Pujut state assemblyman Fong Pau Teck is expected to join PKR once the party has resolved “issues” with DAP.
“I have not submitted my application. I want to wait and see. I know the state DAP is trying to block my way by asserting pressure on PKR,” said Fong.
He said he was eager to jump back into politics after waiting on he wayside following his sacking from the party.
Fong, who joined DAP in 2002, was expelled from the party in November last year, for insubordination and refusing to pay the mandatory monthly contribution to the party. The decision, by the party’s disciplinary committee, to sack him was reportedly unanimous.
He submitted an appeal within two weeks of the date of his expulsion letter but it  was turned down in Feburary.
On Tuesday Fong said he finally received the confirmation of his sacking in a registered letter date March 24.
He said he was now free to get back to ‘work’.
“I joined politics not for power, money or status. My stand remains the same until today. I will make my stand clear if I were to join PKR one day,” he said.
Fong’s active participation in PKR’s recent Balingian by-election campaign has fueled talk that he will be joining PKR.
PKR has expressed their willingness to accept Fong into the party on condition that he adhered to their party principles and accepted the understanding among component parties within Pakatan.
Said a party insider: “It will be a conditional acceptance. Fong will not be allowed to criticise DAP.
“And he has to leave behind the Pujut seat as it belongs to DAP,” he said adding that Fong  may not be able to defend his incumbency in the next state election.
Herein lies the problem.  Indications are that Fong may not comply.
In a recent interview he said: ‘(Whether or not I contest again) is a hypothetical question.
“I joined DAP in 2002 during the dark years of DA when winning a seat was extremely difficult.
“I joined DAP then not to fulfill my own interest or to become an elected representative as it was only a dream then. ”
Fong, 44, said the situation now was different as there was greater political and social awareness.

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