By Koon Yew Yin
I am not afraid to tell the truth. I speak my mind and I don’t care what you think of me. But I care that I move people, hopefully for the best. Truth must be spoken loud and clear if we want to make a difference.
PKR has 49 MPs, with eight MPs appointed as ministers.
DAP has 42 MPs, with six MPs appointed as ministers.
Amanah has 11 MPs, with five MPs appointed as ministers.
Parti Warisan Sabah had two MPs appointed as ministers
PPBM has 13 MPs with six MPs appointed as ministers, including the prime minister.
If you look at the above figures carefully, you can see that the award of ministerial posts for each coalition party is utterly out of proportion and unfair.
Nga Kor Ming’s track record
Nga Kor Ming, being the Perak DAP leader, won all 18 allotted state seats in the last few general elections, more seats than any of the coalition parties.
This is his fifth term as state assemblyman since 1999 and his third term as MP since 2008.
He is the deputy secretary-general of DAP.
In 2008, he defeated PPP president M Kayveas in Taiping.
I know Nga very well. In the last general election, I went to nine places in Perak to campaign for Pakatan Harapan, especially its DAP candidates. In fact, I went to Teluk Intan to campaign for Nga in his fight against millionaire Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong, the former Barisan Nasional (BN) primary industries and plantations minister. Nga won by 12,000 votes.
I was told that DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng had promised Nga he would strongly recommend him as a full minister if he could kick out Mah, who had won his seat several times in the previous general elections.
In short, he has defeated the presidents of two BN component parties who were ministers. That is why I say he deserves to be a minister.
What has happened to Lim’s promise?
Dr Mahathir Mohamad requested each of the four coalition parties to submit their recommendations. DAP’s top leadership had recommended Nga as a minister. But obviously, Mahathir did not select ministers based on the consensus opinion of all four coalition parties.
Based on Nga’s amazing track record, especially his ability to kick out two of BN’s ministers, he deserves to be a minister.
I trust Mahathir will consider appointing Nga as a full minister in the Prime Minister’s Department or another new ministry.
Koon Yew Yin is a retired chartered civil engineer and one of the founders of IJM Corporation Bhd and Gamuda Bhd.
The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of FMT.