Lim Kit Siang – Lost and found but not anywhere near Gelang Patah

 |Mar 23, 2017

Lim Kit Siang has boasted that he had spoken and written 10 million words in his nearly 50-year political career from 1966 when he joined the DAP, until now.

But the septuagenarian forgot a fundamental basis to be a people-centric parliamentarian – to visit his constituency and constituents, at least once a year.

After all the constituents were the ones who voted him into the Parliament, giving him an elected democratic space to propagate his political ideals and ideas, if any, besides earning perks and enjoying the privileges of a ‘Yang Berhormat’.

It is the responsibility of an elected representative to visit his constituency, hear out the grouses and issues raised by his voters, and try his best to solve them.

DAP supremo, Kit Siang, who has time to write millions of words and thousands of press statements, and attend thousands of meetings, both official and secret ones, all these years, did not have the time to visit his current parliamentary constituency Gelang Patah in Johor.

The much-travelled politician has all the time in the world to hold press conferences to spin and spout political tales, plot the downfall of Prime Minister Najib Razak and Barisan Nasional, and wheel and deal with nonagenarian Mahathir Mohamad on political scheming.

Unfortunately, he has no time to fulfil the most basic obligation of an elected representative – paying a visit on the very voters who elected him to the Parliament.

Perhaps affection, or fed-up, or felt neglected, the sons and daughters of Gelang Patah have put up posters and banners presumably looking for their “lost in the woods” MP, Kit Siang.

The posters and banners were found put up in several strategic places in Gelang Patah, including near the DAP service centre in Taman Nusa Perintis.

A banner read: “Where is Uncle Lim Kit Siang? Gelang Patah misses you” while a poster pointed out that Lim Kit Siang was “lost in Gelang Patah and found in Bentong.”

Bentong is where Kit Siang and his DAP stooges held a public rally recently, in which DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke hinted that he would contest in Bentong against incumbent MP and MCA president Liow Tiong Lai in GE14.

Another poster stated: “Missing. Have you seen Uncle Kit Siang?”

The poster had a photo of the 76-year-old DAP veteran leader captioned with his personal details.

It added: “Last seen in Gelang Patah during 505 promising heaven and earth. Last known hobby was hanging out with people aged 90 and above.”

It went to say that Kit Siang had been “missing for months if not years already. Please help to locate. We miss him a lot.”

A mobile phone number was also provided at the bottom of the poster, but it could not be reached.

The term ‘505’ obviously refers to balloting day of the last general election held on May 5, 2013.

“Hanging out with people aged 90 and above” could be referring to former Premier Mahathir, who is 91.

Both the political veterans have defied their age to plot and scheme political strategies and formulas to knock Barisan off its perch in Putrajaya in the coming GE14.

Whether one likes him or not, Mahathir, when he was the prime minister, would visit his Kubang Pasu parliamentary constituency at least two weeks once.

But Lim Kit Siang!

Since been elected for the first time in the 1969 general election until now, he has travelled all over the country, mostly to contest in elections and speaking at rallies, but hardly to serve his constituents.

But Kit Siang missing from his constituency is actually not a news.

He was not even found in his Bandar Melaka parliamentary constituency on May 13, 1969, just three days after been elected as a member of Parliament for the first time in his political career.

He said he was in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah then

He is the most inexhaustible electoral wanderer in the country, having contested from north to south along the west coast of Peninsula in Bandar Melaka, Kota Melaka, Petaling, Tanjung, Bukit Bendera, Ipoh Timur and Gelang Patah constituencies.

The posters and banner on him serve as a reminder for all elected representatives to always go back to their roots, the voters who had made them the ‘Yang Berhormat’.

Anyhow it may not have any effect on Kit Siang.

Speculations rife that he could move back north to contest in Penang once again.

If the ‘Second Coming of Kit Siang’ to Penang does happen, it will not only reaffirm widespread belief that the Lim Dynasty had turned DAP into a family political firm.

It will also confirm public fear that the Lim Dynasty would eventually transform Penang as the family realm – since Kit Siang’s son and Penang Chief Guan Eng, daughter and daughter-in-law are all already there now.

Athi Shankar has been a journalist for past 30 years. He believes that democratic rights come with responsibility.