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Sakmongkol and Aspan Alias to join DAP

Mon 2012-Jan-2 @ +08 15:15:07 pm
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Sakmongkol: If you want to know, yes that is what we are doing...

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Blogger Sakmongkol AK47, the former Umno assemblyman Mohd Ariff Sabri, is to join the DAP together with fellow blogger Aspan Alias, journalist, writer and an Umno veteran in Negeri Sembilan.

“If you want to know, yes, that is what we are doing (joining DAP). I am impressed by DAP. They are principled, I like their professionalism,” he told Free Malaysia Today, ending two weeks of speculation since he attended a bloggers’ forum in Penang in mid-December, at which Aspan was master of ceremonies.

In a blog posting late last night » Malays should not fear the DAP, Sakmongkol made a backhanded hinted that he and Aspan were about to join the DAP. He wrote: “I am not going to respond to the xenophobic responses around news that Aspan Alias and Sakmongkol are about to join DAP. No explanation will be able to change preconceived biases. So why bother? So we are about to join or have joined DAP.”

On Sunday, Aspan had also tackled criticism in a blog posting » Siapa yang pengkhianat? Introspeksi betul-betul that dealt with Umno’s favourite theme, labelling all those who did not see eye-to-eye with Umno as so-called traitors to the Malays. (Ariff was an assemblyman for Pulau Manis, Pahang, and until 2004 was information chief in the Pekan division, the home town, base and constituency of Umno president Najib Tun Razak. He was not fielded in the 2008 elections. Aspan is a veteran of Umno Negeri Sembilan.)

Sakmongkol explained in his blog posting he found common ground with the DAP (though the party suffers from a public image of a Chinese chauvinist party, an image relentlessly promoted by Umno over the past four decades). “The DAP is a democratic party committed to the rule of law, good governance and good government,” he wrote. “It abhors corruption and abuse of political office. To me those are attractive propositions.

“UMNO on the other hand has turned its back on these. It harps only on one primal worry of Malays — when UMNO is threatened it shares the threat with Malays at large. So a threat to UMNO is translated mindlessly into a threat to Malays as a whole. Nothing can be farther from the truth.”

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Addressing Umno bloggers and Malay rights nationalists, Sakmongkol said: “Don’t read our move as blasphemous or treasonable. I believe the DAP is more relevant and functional in achieving a more democratic and abuse-free society than Umno. As a Muslim, we are changing wadah not aqidah…that is what Umno fears. It fears that its monopoly over Malays is broken. Umno has turned its back on corruption and abuse of political office. DAP abhors these traits.”

A typical reaction among Umno bloggers was a posting DAP merekrut Melayu Bankrap Politik antaranya Aspan Alias, to which Sakmongkol wrote: “Why the paranoia? If we are not good, failed Adun (assemblymen), bankrupt politicians, it will be cinch for any winnable Umno candidates to beat us. So, it’s no cause of concern or a sleep depriver.” Free Malaysia Today speculated that Dato Ariff may be fielded by the DAP as an election candidate in Raub, against MCA vice-president Ng Yen Yen.

Besides Ariff and Aspan, the DAP’s most prominent current Malay members are Transparency International Malaysia founder Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim, now DAP vice chairman, Zairil Khir Johari, stepson of former Umno education minister Khir Johari.

Ahmad Nor's memoirsOther promiment Malay members of the DAP in the past have been unionists and activists such as Ahmad Nor, president of Cuepacs, the civil service union federation, Zainal Rampak (now a senator), Daing Ibrahim Othman, a former party secretary-general; Haji Hassan Ahmad, Mohd Salleh Nakhoda Itam, Fadzlan Yahya, and Zaharah Ibrahim.

Ibrahim Singgeh was the party’s first Malay MP, winning in Tapah Road in 1969. Ahmad Nor was also MP for Bayan Baru, Penang, for one term.

Free Malaysia Today said DAP leaders have been meeting Malay opinion-makers in closed-door discussions on issues such as Islamic state, hudud and Bumiputera affirmative action, with Zairil, party strategist Liew Chin Tong, and DAP Youth chairman Anthony Loke working to woo selected Malays.


  1. charlie chan permalink
    Mon 2012-Jan-2 @ +08 17:56:26 pm 17:56

    welcome to DAP n fight for true justice n freedom from billion dollae corruption, the journey in DAP is long n tough. joined the good fight all malaysians n embraced CHANGE in 2012 . technology is changing – i pad n i phones. travelling is changing with low cost airlines- all can fly>> can malaysians afford not to change??

  2. Mon 2012-Jan-2 @ +08 18:16:35 pm 18:16

    This is definitely excellent news for Pakatan, DAP in particular. I am a fan of Sakmongkol’s objective articles which I came across from time to time, and wondered how Umno could have someone who could write so freely. It is one thing to be objective, willing to write why ‘Malays should not fear the DAP’, but definitely bold to be able to join the party. DAP sure need many more outstanding and credible Malays to project a more multi-racial image. The few Malay leaders in DAP will definitely be coveted and given chance to stand for elections and be given appropriate positions in state or even federal government!

  3. Sam01 permalink
    Mon 2012-Jan-2 @ +08 20:36:37 pm 20:36

    The DAP must give every opportunity for its Malays members to rise in the party hierarchy and contest as MPs and SA’s.
    The DAP will soar like an eagle.

  4. Tue 2012-Jan-3 @ +08 01:17:06 am 01:17

    Fully understand Dato’ Sak and Aspan’s frustration and respect their decision…

    Enough is Enough…

    Power of the People vs People in Power…
    The reverberations of the aam aadmi’s awakening are being felt all over the world – from the right bank of the Nile to the left cheek of Sharad Pawar…

    We must accept finite disappointment, but must never lose infinite hope…
    True peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice…
    We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, It must be demanded by the oppressed – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    What is the purpose of our call for ABU ? To reduce Ketuanan UMNO/BN’s majority!

    This should be our focus and objective and not be lured into these Diversions by the Ketuanan UMNO/BN Leaders, Mini Napoleons, Cronies, Machais, etc

    Let us all pass on the message of ABU to make it reverberate into the citizen’s and nation’s battlecry for Rule of Law, Justice, Freedom & Human Rights

    Shalom & God Bless.

  5. Lok1 permalink
    Tue 2012-Jan-3 @ +08 03:20:44 am 03:20

    DAP here I come,well done in bringing in more Malays,it’s your principle really that counts,
    every political party has it’s up’s n down’s,but when it comes to principle,that’s where DAP wins hands down,Well done again,how I wish more matured thinking Malays join DAP,for after all is said n done,we need DAP to championed the people’s caused regardless of Race,Religion or Class.We are all equal in God’s eyes,whatever religion you profess or not,
    thanks DAP

  6. Asri permalink
    Thu 2012-Jan-5 @ +08 16:04:57 pm 16:04

    firstly, Zairil is Chinese Muslim. He is not Malay. He is not the bilogical son of Khir Johari.

    Secondly, ex-YB Ariff Sabri is already living the good life thanks to timber concessions procured due to services as UMNO ADUN. No harm to him to burn bridges with UMNO, however noble or otherwise his intentions.

    Thirdly, if UMNO is as pictured by most commentators, then DAP is not far behind. DAP as a beacon of democracy? Laughable. It is a truism that whenever a country has “Democratic’ in its official name, then that country is communist or a dictatorship. DAP is not far from that…..

    • uppercaise permalink*
      Thu 2012-Jan-5 @ +08 16:50:38 pm 16:50

      Re Zairil, I think the DAP regard him as a constitutionally-defined Malay. Though the DAP’s internal affairs have caused much concern, the same is also true of almost every other party, exacerbated by prospect of new elections and dreams of political power. Sakmongkol and Aspan won’t be insulated from that should they join the DAP. They seem more concerned, from their public statements, of the DAP’s intentions towards upholding democracy in the country.

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