Wee: Do not contest in election if you expect to win all the time
KUALA LUMPUR: Independent MP Wee Choo Keong said the opposition's current endless blame on the Election Commission (EC) and electoral process is puzzling as they had no problem contesting under the very same system in the 12th General Election in 2008.
Wee who had then contested as a Parti Keadilan Rakyat candidate and won the Wangsa Maju seat told The Mole that there was no discussion among the Pakatan Rakyat leaders regarding the commission’s credibility then.
Thus, he found it puzzling when they started to pledge support for electoral reforms as recommended in Bersih 2.0 as well as in the proposed Bersih 3.0.
“When we contested back then, there was no talk among us about the EC at all. Whatever result we get, we accept it as voters’ choice,” Wee said.
“After all, that is what an election is all about. If you want to contest in the election. If you expect to win all the time, you should not be contesting,” he added.
Wee concurred with Barisan Nasional's MP for Johor Baru Datuk Seri Shahrir Samad that opposition leaders should not blame the EC and the electoral process as it is the voters who determines the election result.
“They (opposition leaders) have to be consistent. Why didn’t they blame EC when they win?” he asked.
Wee further said the EC and electoral system were only disputed last year, which led to Bersih 2.0 rally and it continues until now.
“I think they will intensify this campaign of doubt against EC even more during the election,” Wee said.
The independent MP for Wangsa Maju also criticised opposition leaders who questioned the credibility of EC by saying: “Why didn’t they reject and boycott the election back then?”
Wee who is also a committee member of Parliamentary Select Committee on electoral reforms said leaders who criticised EC and the system should not accept the election’s result in 2008.
Blogger Apanama wrote in his blog post that Shahrir’s message was clear - politicians and political parties should stop blaming the whole world if they are rejected by the electorate.
On Malaysia's electoral system, Wee said: “There is no perfect electoral system so to speak, but of course we will strive to work on having the best system as humanly possible.”
Wee quit PKR in 2010 due to dissatisfaction with the PKR-led Selangor government, especially in sand-mining scandal.