Just before we take take the 20-minute walk to the nomination centre.
We must thank PKR for sending their national and local leaders to walk our candidate to the nomination centre. Some 1,000 DAP members and supporters took the 20-minute walk unfrayed by the distance and heat. The procession was led by DAP SG Lim Guan Eng and Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang. Other CEC members include Tan Seng Giaw, M.Kula, Chong Eng, Fong Kui Lun, Ahmad Ton, P Guna, Tan Kok Wai, Chow Kuan Yew, Teresa Kok, Vincent Wu, Anthony Loke, Boo Cheng Haw, Fong Po Kuan, Seah Leong Peng, Nge Koo Ham, Sivanesan, Leong Ngag Ngah, Apalasamy and me. Chairman Karpal Singh arrived in his car despite of his inconvenience. He received several rounds of applause from our members and supporters.
Lady power from PKR and DAP
We were delighted by the good mix of members and supporters. We have old and young, men and women, Chinese, Indian, MalayPortuguese showed up from all over the country punctually (before 9am)in high mood and good fighting spirit.
Another “satu hati” shot . Terima kasih ahli wanita PKR atas semangat setiakawan dan siladurahim.
The nomination process today was marred by an ugly fracas initiated by MIC members. DAP members Kannis and Vijayan from Seremban Jaya were badly beaten up by some 30 MIC members with bricks and sticks when they were on their way back to the DAP operation centre after the nomination. Malini, a female journalists from the Nanban (Tamil press) was verbally abused by some unruly MIC members with vulgar language and P Malayanadi, another photographer from Malakal Osai, was pushed violently by the MIC Youth Chief Vigneswaran ( a Parliamentary Secretary) when he was trying to take photos of the MIC attackers.
Sdr Karpal was in good mood and good fighting spirit. Everyone was delighted to see him there.
All of them have lodged police reports and so far only one of the attackers was detained for investigation. The police have promised to go after another two MIC members whom were indentified through videos and photos taken by the DAP members.
We want MIC President Datuk S Samy Vellu to apologise immediately to the DAP over the assault of our members. Meanwhile, when the MCA candidate was asked to comment on the ugly fracs, he has described those who attacked the DAP members as hooligans. He said that Machap is a peaceful village and those who used violence were not welcome. We hope Samy Vellu and his party leaders could heed the call made by the MCA candidate.
I have personally thanked Sdr Shamsul Iskandar, the PKR Youth Chief cum Jasin division chief and other PKR leaders. I was told some of the Pas members were there to observe the nomination process and have given their moral support.
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From China Press
|MCA leaders won’t dare show up for debate|
|The MCA started off as a political tool of the British colonial power. The party was given a licence to run the only lottery in Malaya then. The lottery in 1952, offered a RM400,000 first prize. As a condition however, all prize winners would have to join MCA after receiving their prize money.The British allowed the MCA to make easy money but in exchange, the party had to contribute part of their windfall to the Chinese living in the new villages, with an objective to ‘soften’ these Chinese and at the same time turn the Chinese away from the Malayan Communist Party.
A friend of mine jokingly said to me that MCA has changed from a party that brings happiness to the Chinese (only when they strike lottery) to a party that makes the Chinese angry.
The recent public exchange between Tan Siok Choo and Ooi Kee Beng arises from the fact that Siok Choo, a granddaughter of the late Tan Cheng Lock, actually believed that her grandfather was the sole founder of MCA, while Ooi believes that there were other co-founders like HS Lee and Leong Yew Koh.
Ironically, apart from Tan Cheng Lock, the other founders of MCA like HS Lee and Leong Yew Koh were regarded as traitors to the Chinese community in the eyes of our older generations. They sold our rights for their own interest and benefits. They did not defend our rights to mother-tongue education and our equal rights as Malaysian citizens.
MCA leaders in general have done more harm than good to the Chinese community in this country. I have done research and compiled a factual account into a little book in March 2004 entitled Culprits, Accomplices, Cowards: The role of MCA in the Chinese community. No one in the MCA dares to make a rebuttal until today.
It’s therefor a big joke for MCA’s young leaders like Liow Tiong Lai to insinuate that the DAP is ‘a party that has done nothing for Malaysians’. Before he opens his mouth the next time, he should first read the little book mentioned above.
The record of MCA is tainted with scandals, crimes and sins. There is no way for any MCA leader, no matter how eloquent he or she was or is, to beat DAP on political records or contributions to the nation.
For this reason, those who are keenly waiting for a public debate between Liow Tiong Lai and Nga Kor Meng (or Ong Ka Ting vs Lim Guan Eng) will be greatly disappointed. There is no way these two political cowards from MCA could face DAP speakers publicly.
In a most recent debate between MCA and DAP, both Ong Tee Kiat and Wee Ka Siong were thrashed by Nga and Teng. For damage control and to save faces, the organiser, who promised to record and distribute the debate in VCD form – was forced to scrap the project after much pressure from the MCA.
I did not bother to ask for a refund of the RM10 collected for this VCD.
The writer is a member of DAP’s central executive committee.