The following is a text conversation between my mother and me just now.
Mother : May (my Chinese name), can u tell me why Liew Cheng Tong get least votes in the committee election but ended up DAP state chief?
Me : Because in DAP, those elected into the committee decide who should be their boss. For instance, Guan Eng is no 3 in the CEC yet he became the powerful sec-gen, Same thing with State level. Boo may be 10th and Liew 14th but if Liew got more people in the committee and backing from KL, then he becomes the boss.
Mother : That's not very democratic....So Boo was supported by grassroots but not those at the top even his fellow committee members?
Me : You look at the 15 people in the committee and you can tell that most of them are not from Boo's camp.
Mother : Sigh....poor Boo.
Me: It's DEMOCRATIC Action Party la Ma.... But it doesn't matter. DAP supporters don't care about such things.
Mother: It shows that I'm not a DAP supporter...
Me: Aiya Ma, next election you will vote for them again la.
Mother: See lah how....
Note: My mother donated to a fund supporting Dr Boo Cheng Hau when he first contested in Skudai during the 2004 general election.