The firebrand politician Teresa Kok has been the forefront of making claims and accusations against the Government, yet on many issues she herself faces tough questions.
Kok is a second-generation Malaysian of Chinese descent, and speaks Malay, English and Chinese fluently.
Despite claiming to represent the common man, her background is anything but common. She has benefited from the leading educational institutions in Malaysia, first at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), where she graduated in the School of Communication, and later at University Malaya where she earned a master of philosophy. This shows that, contrary to her party's allegations, there is no discrimination against Chinese students at Malaysian institutions.
For those of you who are interested to know, Kok's thesis was titled "Factionalism in Umno During Dr Mahathir's Era (1981–2001)". No doubt she avoided mentioning the factionalism that has dogged Pakatan Rakyat.
It comes as no surprise that a member of parliament (MP) of the DAP wrote about Umno in her thesis. The Chinese-dominated party has always been fixated with Umno, and yet has so far avoided coming up with original policies of its own.
Kok was political secretary to Parliamentary Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang from 1990 to 1995. No doubt she learnt from the master the fine art of playing an obstructionist opposition leader.
In 1995, she contested the Ipoh Barat Parliamentary seat on a DAP ticket, but was defeated by the MCA candidate. Kok resigned as political secretary after that defeat to further her studies in USM and UM. It is worth noting that even an opposition leader like Kok was accepted into a government-funded university. This shows that the Government doesn't harbour ill intentions towards its political opponents.
Kok nevertheless decided to return to politics, and in the 1999 general election, she won the parliamentary seat of Seputeh in Kl with a majority of 5,200. She was re-elected in 2004 with a majority of 12,895, the largest winning margin among the DAP's 13 MPs.
In the 2008 General Elections, Kok retained her Parliamentary seat of Seputeh in Kuala Lumpur with a majority of 36,492, the largest majority in any constituency. But if Bersih is to be believed, the 2008 election was full of fraud, so no doubt Kok cheated somehow to win by so many votes!
It must be exhausting for her to continuously claim that elections are not clean, and if she wins an election, to suddenly change her tune and accept the result. True democratic leaders accept the will of the people, irrespective of whether the result is in their favour or not.
By accepting results in their favour and protesting verdicts against, Kok and her friends at Bersih are not democratic after all.
In the new Selangor executive council, she was named senior executive councillor and put in charge of investment, trade and industry to ensure all funds are directed to the PKR-led government.
No wonder Selangor has suffered under Pakatan. The MB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, is a former corporate leader now taking care of Islamic Affairs, while Kok, a graduate with a major in communication, is trying her hand as an investment, trade and industry exco.
Not one to be cowed down by such trivial questions over her qualifications for holding such a position, Kok describes herself as "Sassy MP" on her website, where she eloquently (and humbly) claims she is "is working effectively for Seputeh and Kinrara".
Nevertheless, Kok is clearly a rising star in the DAP. She was re-elected to the party's Central Executive Committee in 2008, and is currently the DAP National Organising Secretary.
She is also the National Secretary of DAP Wanita (the women's wing of the DAP) and a member of the DAP Disciplinary Committee. In Parliament, she was a member of the Select Committee on Review of Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code. Whew! There is such a shortage of talent in the DAP that a leader of Kok's stature is immediately weighed down by titles.
Kok is clearly adept at saying "No" when it comes to government policy, especially when it relates to big ticket investments such as the Lynas refinery. This seems strange given her Selangor position as investment, trade and industry exco. One day she's protesting against foreign investment, the next day she's trying to attract it.
One wonders what Kok actually stands for. We know what she rails against, but what policies is she ready to implement herself? There is absolute silence from her on that, showing her lack of interest in such mundane matters as coming up with a manifesto for Malaysia.
Will the real Teresa Kok please stand up?