As for myself, I submitted my candidate form, but, due to some technical reasons, my name did not appear in the candidate list. I also knew that it would not be easy to get into the CEC and even if I got into the CEC, there would be a lot of adjustments in my political and legal work. I put my name up because I just wanted to test the practicability of the system and my prediction was correct after I found myself not in the candidate list. I was confronted by some party members of my exclusion from the candidate list, but, I had to explain that the flaw had nothing to do with me. In respect of the flaw or weakness of the system, I had privately voiced my concern to some CEC leaders with the hope that the matter could be rectified so as not to affect the moral of party members.
The recent concluded CEC Election, seemed to suggest that the delegates were more inclined to put comrades from West Malaysia into the CEC and in the process had forgot the roles played by DAP Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysian politics. I hope CEC, being the central governing body, will take note more seriously the role played by Sabah and Sarawak. This is because both states contributed to about one-third of the MP seats in Parliament, with Sabah 25 seats and Sarawak 31 seats. We need to understand that in each Election, it was Sabah and Sarawak that used to help BN formed the government with two-thirds majority.
In shaky times, the Prime Minister used to visit Sabah and Sarawak just to make sure that everything was alright in both states. The Prime Minister sometimes came here as often as twice a week and this year alone, and although I didn’t count, the Prime Minister could have already came here for about ten times or maybe more. This was especially so, after Datuk Seri Anwar was making headlines with possible cross-over from BN MPs to Pakatan Rakyat.
Probably there is a need to amend the rules for inclusion into CEC by giving automatic right to State Chairmen of Sabah and Sarawak. At the same time, the Party may also need to look into giving to at least two and three CEC seats to Sabah and Sarawak respectively in the CEC so that this could reflect a more balance representation in the CEC from both states. There is also a need to accommodate the dayaks and other indigenous races also with more malay and Indian representation in the CEC in the event that their representation in the CEC drop.
The problem now is what will happen if Sdr. Chong Chieng Jen may not be able to attend the CEC meeting? Moreover, the northern part of the state also needs representation so as to keep the confidence of members in the north intact. I hope members should not only select comrades whom they knew, but, look at the broader scope when selecting CEC members. It seems that comrades were still in the "high" caused by the 8 March success and could have drifted away from in their thoughts about Sabah and Sarawak. With State Election looming over the heads of Sarawakians, it is hoped that DAP at the HQ. level could be able to help plan capture Sarawak.