Machap: Thank you PKR for the support and solidarity

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.

 

Pls enjoy reading the reports presented by various Internet portals and newspapers…

Four lodge police reports over Machap fracas
Beh Lih Yi
Apr 3, 07 5:41pm
Malaysiakini:
Two police reports have been lodged against MIC Youth chief S Vigneswaran and the wing’s members for allegedly assaulting an opposition party’s supporters and a photographer, while a third report alleged the use of abusive language against a journalist outside the Machap nomination centre today.A man has been detained for investigation in connection with complaint of assault.All three reports, lodged at the Machap Umboo police station, were related to a scuffle that broke out this morning between MIC and DAP supporters about 100 metres from the nomination centre, following a verbal spat that turned ugly.DAP Negri Sembilan members K Kannis, 42, and S Vijayan, 24, sustained injuries on their head and face in the incident and were taken to a hospital for a medical examination.In the first police report lodged by Kannis, the complainant said he and Vijayan was beaten up by MIC brigade members wielding bricks and the MIC party flag-stick at about 11.45am, after the nomination process ended.It is understood that the duo had earlier been part of a crowd of opposition supporters chanting slogans such as Samy Vellu penakut (MIC president S Samy Vellu “is a coward”), Undur lah, Samy Vellu as supporters from both camps traded verbal barbs outside the nomination centre.According to Kannis, a group of five to six men, wearing the MIC brigade t-shirt, approached him while he and some friends were walking to their vehicles.”One of them asked ‘why did you scold my president like that?’, and then I heard people shouting his name and telling him to beat me up,” Kannis told reporters at the police station.He identified three individuals – two of whom were named together with their respective MIC branches in the report – as being involved in the incident. Photographic evidence was also submitted to the police.In the second police report, Malaysian Nanban journalist R Malini, 30, complained that vulgar words were hurled at her allegedly by an MIC brigade member when she was attempting to take photographs of a group of MIC brigade members after the incident.She said an individual had said to her in Tamil: ‘Why don’t you strip your mother naked and take her photo?’

An upset Malini stressed she was only doing her job and that she had received several phone calls from MIC leaders, persuading her not to lodge a police report.

Claim denied

Tamil daily Makkal Osai photographer P Malayanadi, 49, in a separate police report complained he had been pushed by the MIC Youth chief with force while trying to take photographs of a man detained by the police.

Malacca chief police officer Ayub Yaakob, who arrived at the police station later, confirmed that a man aged 28 was picked up by the police at the scene of the incident and is being investigated for alleged assaut under Section 323 of the Penal Code.

“We are also tracking down two others who have been identified in the photographs,” he said.

In an immediate response, Vigneswaran – also parliamentary secretary of the youth and sports ministry – denied he had used force against anyone.

“The police were doing their work at the time and not allowing anyone to take photographs. There was already a commotion and this man came (along, trying to take photographs). I couldn’t allow another commotion to occur. I did not push him, I was just escorting him off,” he told malaysiakini when contacted.

On the two reports lodged against his men, Vigneswaran said the party would get to the bottom of the matter and the inviduals involved would face action if a case is established against them. He said MIC does not condone violence.

Asked whether the DAP is likely to capitalise on the incident in its campaign, he replied: “Let the police investigate. DAP can harp on anything and we can’t be bothered.”

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said Vigneswaran should be removed from his government position immediately, while party leader and lawyer A Sivanesan urged the Indian community in Machap to consider their options carefully before voting for the BN, of which MIC is a component party.

 

马接州补选提名两党对决
赖明忠一对一对垒廖政光
郭史光庆- Malaysiakini
07年4月3日 早上10:46
不出所料,在今早举行的马接州议席补选提名当中,并没有出现任何独立候选人插上一脚,导致国阵候选人赖明忠将以一对一的方式直接对垒民主行动党候选人廖政光。选举官哈欣依斯迈(Hasim Ismail)在上午11时的反对时间结束后,宣布马接州议席补选只有两名候选人参选,铁定由赖明忠和廖政光直接对垒。刚在昨日获得副首相纳吉宣布为国阵候选人的赖明忠及民主行动党候选人廖政光,今早分别在支持者的拥护之下,浩浩荡荡地前往提名中心,呈交提名表格。

赖明忠今早率先在副首相纳吉及多位国阵大头,如马华公会总会长黄家定、署理总会长陈广才、副总会长翁诗杰及马青总团长廖中莱、国大党主席三美威鲁、民政党署理主席许子根及马六甲州首席部长阿里鲁斯旦的陪同下,早在9点15分,就率先进入提名中心提呈表格。投票站外,则有约4000名国阵支持者摇旗呐喊。

至于廖政光则在15分钟后,即9点30分提呈本身的提名表格。他是在获得行动党秘书长林冠英、国会反对党领袖林吉祥、马六甲州委会主席吴良山、吉隆坡士布爹区国会议员郭素沁等多名行动党国会议员还有约500名在野党支持者的陪同下,抵达提名中心。

至于一度与行动党发生上阵争执后让步的人民公正党,并未派出任何高层全国领袖出席提名,只由公正党青年团代总团长山苏依斯干达(Shamsul Iskandar)、全国宣传局媒体协调主任林秀凌以及该党马六甲基层领袖到场支持。

国阵支持者遭阻发生小冲撞

提名中心附近警力戒备森严,警方人员及镇暴部队人员皆严正以待,维持秩序。

惟当国阵重量级领袖及支持者试图进入提名中心时,却遭警方以栏杆阻止,而引发一些肢体小冲撞。

警方原本只允许三名人士即候选人、提名人及复议人进入提名中心,惟后来却妥协,允许一众国阵领袖陪同赖明忠进入提名中心。

补选提名是在今早8点开始,并在两个小时内结束。过后,则有一个小时的抗议时间,允许针对候选人的提名事项作出抗议。

廖中莱及林冠英成揶揄布条主角

在等待提名的过程, 朝野两党分别拉起特制布条讽刺对手,而日前爆发辩论及挑战口水战的廖中莱及林冠英更是成为双方相互揶揄和嘲笑的对象,这两位马青团长及行动党秘书长风头一时无双,简直盖过了两位真正的补选候选人赖明忠和廖政光。

马青所带来的布条特别写上“火箭太子爷,别再当逃兵”,“火箭飞不动,冠英输不起”,还有“中莱敢讲,敢做又敢当,冠英只讲,不做,不敢当”的字眼。此外,马华党员更以马来文高呼“林冠英是胆小鬼”的口号。

至于行动党党员也不甘示弱,以“廖中莱不敢来”的口号反击对手,以及合唱在野党人士所喜欢的著名福建歌曲“爱拼才会赢”,以鼓舞士气。

此外,到场为行动党打气的两名白小保校委员会成员更在现场拉开带“告诉马华重开白小,才来拉票”的布条。白小保校工委会委员陈国光,更宣传将会到马接区来宣传白小课题。

在补选提名朝野对立的激昂局面中,惟一比较温馨情景是行动党妇女组成员手持象征民主社会主义的玫瑰到场,相对男性政治人物的阳刚,突现出女性参政的柔情一面。

大选前哨战,多数票很关键

马接补选普遍被视为来届全国大选前的最后一场补选,可被视为评估阿都拉政府表现的中期选举,选举结果举足轻重。而这个华裔选民占多数的选区,更被马华及行动党视为测量华裔选民来届大选投票倾向的前哨战。

由于这个华裔选民占多数的混合选区,长期以来皆被视为马华的堡垒区,因此马华守土成功已是毫无悬念,惟补选的关键在于国阵所能够获取的多数票。

副首相纳吉宣称国阵惟一的补选目标就是赢取比上届大选更高的多数票数,至于行动党的目标却是拉低国阵的多数票。反对党领袖林吉祥已经放话,若行动党能把国阵的多数票拉低至2500或2000票以下,那么国阵及马华在来届大选将会感受到很大的压力,因为这显示人民有许多不满,并期待重大的改变。

赖明忠马接道地人有优势

赖明忠(左图)一直以来都被视为是呼声最高的候选人。他除了是第一高票中选的亚罗牙也副主席之外,也是道地马接峇鲁人,在马接峇鲁华社拥有广阔的人脉。

赖明忠在1974年参政,即被选为马青马接峇鲁支团秘书,并在2年后升任支部团长。

冯镇安在1990出任副教育部长时,赖明忠担任其机要秘书。他在冯镇安于1999年升任人力资源部长时,也随着被擢升为政治秘书。

赖明忠除了是马接峇鲁组屋支会主席之外,也是马接峇鲁华小董事长兼家教协会主席。赖明忠也活跃于宗教与社团,包括马接峇鲁佛教会主席、马接峇鲁圣约翰救伤队、马接峇鲁睦邻计划及赖氏宗亲和马接峇鲁合作社。

纳吉表示,赖明忠被选为候选是基于广受当地人欢迎及熟悉地方民情而出线。

媒体报道,甫逝世的马接州议员傅润添心目中属意的接班人也是赖明忠。傅润添曾在年初的生日会中,亲口表达由赖明忠接棒的意愿。

现年56岁的赖明忠,早在1990年代即活跃于甲州政坛,并且一直跟随也是亚罗牙也国会议员的冯镇安。他曾在傅润添于1995年有意引退时,受推荐披甲上阵,不过随著傅润添接受挽留,赖明忠最终只能与州议员职擦肩而过。

廖正光重披火箭战袍

另一方面,代表行动党的廖政光(右图)现年33岁,拥有高中学历,育有一子一女,目前从事冷藏食品业,籍贯为海南万宁人。他加入行动党已有10年,担任州委长达6年,目前也是社青团全国理事。

廖政光在2004年的大选中,对垒病逝的前马华甲州联委会主席傅润添行政议员,并以4562张多数票落败。当时,傅润添的得票是5847张,廖政光则获得1285票。

行动党也决定采用“民主大马,从马接开始”作为马接补选的竞选议题主轴。

位于马六甲亚罗亚也国会选区底下的马接州议席,是因马华行政议员傅润添在3月15日不幸病逝而悬空,而在今日正式进行提名,并将在12日进行投票。

根据2004年大选时的选民资料,马接州选区共有9887个选民,其中华裔选民占了45.7%,马来选民占39.5%、、印度选民占14.5%、其他族群则占了0.3%。

From China Press

馬接補選
提名日鬧哄哄

報導:陳水源
攝影:楊智聰、陳春漢

全國注目的馬接州選區補選提名于周二(3日)順利進行,這也表示選戰已正式掀開戰幔!

馬接補選極可能是來屆全國大選前最后一場的補選,國陣領袖在提名日踴躍到場為候選人打氣,力求在馬接補選中再打一齛}亮的勝仗,為來屆大選舖路。

此次補選是由國陣候選人賴明忠與民主行動黨候選人廖政光對壘,雙方甫完成提名后,便馬不停蹄展開競選活動。

在接下來的9天競選期內,雙方陣營候選人必定使出渾身解數,力求爭取選民的支持。

馬接補選在下周四(12日)投票。

上下一心

賴明忠(左5)在副首相拿督斯里納吉(右3)的陪同下進入提名站,支持者一同高舉雙手,高喊國陣萬歲的口號以示支持,左3起為三美威魯、黃家定、莫哈末阿里及陳廣才。

諷刺火箭

馬華與行動黨在補選前,便因為邀請馬青總團長辯論事件而結下樑子,甲州馬青更趁著提名日訂製了大型宣傳布條,諷刺行動黨秘書長林冠英輸不起,為總團長報一箭之仇。

心手相連

國陣領袖在賴明忠(中)進入提名站前,一起做出手疊手的動作,象征國陣領袖心手相連,併肩作戰,左起為黃燕燕、蔡細歷、馮鎮安及莫哈末阿里,右起為黃家泉、陳廣才、黃家定及莎麗扎。

高喊口號

人民進步黨黨員在提名站外,高喊國陣口號及展示黨旗與支持國陣布條,充份展現國陣精神。

大喝倒彩

行動黨支持者出發到提名中心前,向路經該黨集合地點的國陣支持者車輛喝倒彩。

流動演說

行動黨秘書長林冠英(右)在提名隊伍出發前往提名中心前,通過喇叭向黨員發表演說,以激勵黨員士氣。

高舉黨旗

民主行動黨支持者高舉候選人廖政光的宣傳海報及火箭黨旗,聲勢絲毫不比國陣遜色!

我最好!

“我才是最好的!”廖政光(左起)與賴明忠在提名后,不約而同的豎起拇指,仿佛在告訴選民自己才是最好的候選人。

旗海一片

行動黨提名隊伍聲勢浩大,路經之處頓時呈獻出火箭黨旗飄揚的旗海,許多路經車輛也放慢車速觀看。

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■日期/Apr 03, 2007   ■时间/08:13:07 pm
■新闻/家国风云   ■作者/本刊林宏祥
           

【本刊林宏祥撰述】马六甲马接区(Machap)州议席补选提名后,民主选举的竞选活动尚未开始,暴力已在街头上演!

一群印度国大党党员因不满民主行动党党员在提名中心前造势时高呼三美(Samy Vellu,国大党主席)下台!(Undur Samy旗杆砖头殴打民主行动党的两名印裔党员,导致他们头破血流。

与此同时,淡米尔文报章《NanbanMakalosoi》的记者和摄影记者见状,欲向前探究,却遭国大党党员辱骂。国大党一名年轻党员阻止《Nanban》记者玛丽尼(R.Malini)拍照时,更口出恶言侮辱其母亲;而《Makalosoi》的摄影记者(P.Malayahadi遭国大党青年团团长兼青年及体育部政务次长维内瓦兰(S. Vigneswaran)动粗,用手压住他的脖子往下方压。

玛丽尼到马接翁布(Machap Umboo)警局投报,并向记者叙述事情过程:当我看到殴打的情况,便趋前去拍照,一名年轻的国大党党员辱骂我说,不要拍我们,拍你脱光衣服后的妈妈,不要拍我们!’”

头部及脸部因砖头击伤的民主行动党党员阿比加洋(Abijayan)与卡尼斯(Kannish,左图),事发后持着攻击者的武器――国大党党旗旗杆,到马接翁布警局报案。

他们说,此暴力事件发生在今早马接州议席补选提名过后。选举委员会在1110分宣布候选人后,双方支持者便散去就在人群散去时,他们在离开途中,遭一群为数约二、三十名年轻党员围攻,武器有党旗旗杆及砖头等。

他们认出其中三人,一名袭击者当场遭警方逮捕。民主行动党全国中委西华纳申(A.Sivanesan,右图)举着旗杆向媒体说:从今天开始,我们将带着这旗杆,在投票日前,确保每一个印裔选民看过这面沾着血迹的旗帜!国大党声称捍卫印裔社会的利益,但是今天却殴打印度人!

当后来两名记者前来报案,指自己在执行任务过程中受粗暴对待,其中动粗的竟是国大党青年团团长维内瓦兰,西华纳申大胆表示:国大党青年团团长是流氓!(媒体)你尽管引述我,他可以起诉我!

该党槟城柑仔园(Dato Kramat)支部主席郭庭源是现场目击者,他说当一群国大党围向阿比加洋与卡尼斯的时候,他大感事情不妙,于是向前阻挡,更在混乱中挨了数重拳。另一名党员黄南山则向记者说,动粗者看见他上前时,还警告说:你们不要插手,这是印度人的事情!

也是律师的西华纳申不满警方只是援引刑事法典第323条文,即蓄意伤人调查其中一名攻击者,反之认为应该援引第326条文,即以武器造成伤害。他举证,只要有一滴血迹、只要有武器(旗杆),警方就应该援用此条文调查此案件。马接州议席是因原任议员、马华公会马六甲州联委会主席及马六甲行政议员傅润添于3月15日傍晚六时许因淋巴癌病逝而悬空。补选今天提名,本月12日投票,国阵委派马华公会的赖明忠竞选,而在野的民主行动党则派出廖政光竞选。【点击:马接补选今早提名开打 华裔选民动向备受瞩目】

林冠英:国阵不良的暴力文化

民主行动党秘书长林冠英(右图)谴责上述的暴力事件,并非议国大党以没有教养、流氓与野蛮的手段对待记者。他举例,巫统青年团团长希山慕丁(Hishammuddin Hussein)去年在巫统大会上耍剑,今日却发生国大党用暴力伤人的事件,证明国阵日益趋向暴力,以暴力恐吓人民来赢取选票。

林冠英认为,党旗是捍卫人民的利益,不是来当武器打人。他表示该党会追究到底,并把此课题传达给选民,期望选民做和平的选择,拒绝使用暴力的政党。

他认为马华公会有必要在此事件上表态,重申此立场,但是他并不看好马华公会会这样做。他解释:我不认为他们会这样做,这是整个国阵的腐败。当他们认为自己权力太大的时候,就会为所欲为,想做什么就做什么,包括在提名中心讲输人,就用暴力秋后算帐。

赖明忠:国阵谴责暴力行为

另外,国阵马接州议席补选候选人赖明忠针对提名日的冲突事件,深表震惊和遗憾。赖明忠(左图)表示,提名日当天气氛激烈、人潮汹涌,因口角导致朝野双方产生肢体冲突,是一件令人遗憾的不幸行为。

他说,暴徒的行为挑战了我国民主政治及法治社会的健全运作,是全体马来西亚子民所不能容忍的。

他表示,国阵州政府强烈谴责此类的暴力行为,他也不希望此类事件再度发生。他希望警方尽快处理,严惩涉案的暴徒,安定民心,以避免影响补选的进程。

他强调,马接巴鲁(Machap Baru)的居民是热爱和平及稳定的,他们也不希望这类的暴力事件发生在这一块民俗纯朴、和平安详的土地。赖明忠希望睿智的马接选民运用他们手中的神圣一票,投选出真正为民服务的人民代议士。

BN vs DAP: Straight fight in Machap
Apr 3, 07 10:26am Malaysiakini
As expected the Machap by-election will see a straight fight between the ruling Barisan Nasional candidate and the same DAP candidate from the last general election.Barisan Nasional’s Lai Meng Chong (right) will take on DAP’s Liou Chen Kuang (left) in the April 12 state seat contest.These two candidates were the only ones to have filed their nominations today despite earlier reports that PAS may sponsor an independent candidate.Lai was first to submit his name when he entered the nomination centre at the Machap Japerun Complex in Bukit Bulat at 9.15am, flanked by a large crowd of supporters.

Some 4,000 BN supporters and several senior party leaders were at hand to throw their weight behind their candidate.

Among those present included Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, Malacca Chief Minister Mohd Ali Rustam, MCA president Ong Ka Ting, MIC president S Samy Vellu, Gerakan deputy president and Penang Chief Minister Dr Koh Tsu Koon, Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin, Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Mohamad Hasan and Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal.

Lai is the political secretary to Human Resources Minister and MCA vice-president Dr Fong Chan Onn. He is also the MCA Alor Gajah division vice-chairperson.

Liou meanwhile filed his nomination paper at 9.30am. He was accompanied by about 500 party loyalists and opposition supporters, led by DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

Nomination period started at 9am and ended an hour later. There were no protests lodged in the following hour during the protest period.

Returning officer Hasim Ismail announced the straight fight at 11.15am.

Physical altercation

On a bright sunny morning, the large crowd which gathered outside the nomination centre jostled for place and chanted their support for their respective candidates.

Some were keen to catch a glimpse of the many national leaders who had convened to this place.

Police personnel and members of the Federal Reserve Unit were on hand to keep things under control while a police helicopter hovered above the Japerun complex.

However the verbal tussle between the two groups of supporters turned ugly when a physical scuffle broke out among some MIC and DAP supporters outside the nomination centre.

In the fisticuffs that followed, two DAP supporters were hurt. The opposition party had lodged a police report and one man has been detained for questioning.

Chinese-majority seat

The Machap seat fell vacant following the death of BN assemblyperson Poh Ah Tiam, 55, on March 15.

DAP candidate Liou, a businessman, lost to Poh in the Chinese-majority seat in the 2004 general election. The popular Poh retained the seat with a 4,562-vote majority.

BN’s Lai, 56, is a local, born in Machap Baru.

The Machap state constituency has 9,623 registered voters including 108 postal voters. The Chinese account for 45 percent of the voters, Malays 38 percent, Indians 15 percent and others two percent.

MCA leaders won’t dare show up for debate
Ronnie Liu
Apr 6, 07 3:02pm
Letter to the Editor Malaysiakini 
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.

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