Was there a real swing of Chinese votes in Ijok?
MCA President Ong Kata Nothing quickly said no. His brother Ong Ka Chuan and his “machai” Chiew Mei Fun and Tan Chai Ho have also openly denied about it.But Ong quickly changed his tune when the Prime Minister confirmed that there was a swing and he wanted the MCA and Gerakan to explain. Ong puts the blame sqaurely on K Sivalingam and certain government leaders (Umno). He said Sivalingam did not serve the Ijok people well, and the Chinese were upset with the negative (racist ) remarks from these leaders.
So, was K Sivalingam really that ‘bad”? The Selangor Exco members certainly do not think so. Selangor MB Khir Toyo and a host of other Selangor Exco members like Mokhtar Dahlan, Raja Ideris, Ch’ng Toh Eng and Lim Thuan Seng praised Sivalingam “sky high” in the special 8-page Maju Selangor propaganda published on 12 April 2007. They used words like ” effective, friendly, hardworking…” to describe Sivalingam, saying that the demise of Sivalingam is a big loss to the people of Selangor! Now that Sivalingam was being attacked and blamed for losing Chinese votes in Ijok, would these good buddies of Sivalingam come out to defend the poor fellow now?
Opposition Leader believes the Chinese swing was due largely to the fact that they were being marginalised for too long. In other words, the Chinese feel that there is no equal rights for them. DAP SG Lim Guan Eng has outlined 10 reasons why the Chinese in Ijok has swung for the Opposition. He also challenged Ong Kata Nothing to tell AAB the truth.
Anyway, DPM Najib Tun Razak thinks that BN should not panic because he believes the majority of Chinese voters would still vote for BN in the coming general elections. He even said that the so-called racist remarks made by various political leaders (including he himself) have no impact with the Chinese. So, Najib disagrees with Ong Kata Nothing on this point. Would Ong now dares to dispute with Najib on this point? No way, brother!
Umno Youth chief Hishamuddin Hussein also think that there was nothing wrong for him to brandish the Malay keris and he would certainly do it again. He also has no regrets for uttering those racist remarks and upholding racially biased policies. Both Najib and Hisham were well known for showing off with their swords to drum up Malay support.
Would the Chinese voters prove Najib wrong in the coming general elections? What do you think?