Of course I am disappointed with YB Wee Choo Keong for resigning as a Pakatan Rakyat Member of Parliament. Others may see his resignation as timely planned to coincide with the Sibu by election, I see it as an opportunity for the people of Sibu to say: "So What. We in Sibu will put Wong in Parliament.”
Over many rounds at the National Press Club prior to March 8, 2008 I amongst others have dissuaded him to enter the fray forcing a three-cornered fight in Bukit Bintang. Good sense prevailed and he agreed to contest under PKR in Wangsa Maju. I went to his first and other ceremahs in Wangsa Maju and even encouraged him to speak the Kelantan dialect at the second ceremah. The mainly Malay residents poured out of their houses.
Of course I was elated even when he won by a small majority. I was present when he opened his service centre. I was there when he organized his first protest against City Hall over a demolition in his constituency. He soon established himself as a credible MP, prompt with his prepared questions in Parliament. No, I was never an influence, just a friend. Signs began to appear that he could journey on his own and we met only occasionally.
It became apparent over the last few months, and we can’t blame people for believing so that he would invariably cross over the line. I believe him to be a person of caliber, giving and taking as politics go. I never expected him to throw tantrums by going public on party issues. If his aim was to reform from within he should stay and fight it out, We don’t abandon our family over internal feuds unless…..
The quality of a leader is being assertive, not aggressive nor abrasive and NEVER vindictive.I have lost a comrade in this crusade for change, but hopefully not a friend.