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I  am copying this from KTemoc Konsiders, affectionately known as Kaytee. His knowledge is superb and it is a pleasure reading his blog. I felt sorry for incumbent MP Loh Seng Kok, who has been dropped after a single term. There a lots of taboos in this country, but what is annoying is these taboos relate to one community whereas others can be bashed without any thought of their feelings and sentiments. Election time all are brothers. Ironic is it not!

 

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Political Snippets (4)

Based on news report from Malaysiakini and Star Online.
Case I
Today I read the Star Online (no 😉 I didn’t boycott it hehehe) and saw the headline

Loh respects MCA’s decision, where the news article said:
Incumbent Kelana Jaya MP Loh Seng Kok respects MCA’s decision to field Datuk Lee Hwa Beng in the parliamentary seat. In a statement issued yesterday, Loh, 46, a first-term MP, said he would abide by the party’s decision for the sake of party unity. He issued the statement after meeting party president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.
“I am still offering myself to serve the people. I would also like to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to all parties and the people in the Kelana Jaya parliamentary constituency for their support and co-operation throughout my tenure as the MP.”

His name rang a bell so I search my archives and manage to pull out MCA MP warned by UMNO and PAS! I had then blogged:
MCA’s Loh Seng Kok, MP for Kelana Jaya went on a verbal rampage in parliament, raising issues that hitherto had been considered taboo, especially more so for a BN bloke.
He criticized our ‘imbalanced’ history textbooks, new prayer recital guidelines and the problems faced by non-Muslims with regards to places of worship.
… Loh was damn mad that the approved syllabus and history textbooks were grossly deficient and negligent in that they ignored (1) the contribution of non-bumiputeras in Malaysia. and (2) focused only on Islamic civilization. In these limitations he reckoned the books would restrict exposure for the students and hamper their critical thinking.
He gave examples: “For instance, the fight against the Japanese Occupation during World War II is portrayed as only the effort of the Malays but ignored the role of Chinese and Indian Malaysians.”
[…] … he said “Five out of the 10 chapters in the Form Four history textbook only focused on the Islamic civilization.” In this he lamented that the syllabus has failed to provide a deeper understanding of other civilizations.
After Loh finished his coverage of the other two issues, he was warned by both an UMNO and a PAS MP. He was told not to thread on ‘dangerous grounds’.

I commented that I was surprised he was even allowed to finish his speech. Six days later I blogged 50 UMNO Youths Threatened MCA MP!
Guess who was the MCA MP those UMNO thugs threatened?
I posted: … a mob of 50 UMNO Youth members, led by Kelana Jaya division chief Abdul Halim Samad, paid him a surprise visit. Abdul Halim handed him a letter and told him ominously, “We don’t want to hear any explanation now; this is our letter, you read and answer it!” Loh was warned that UMNO Youth would ‘take action’ if he failed to respond to the letter within a number of days.

Also read another post For & Against MCA MP Loh Seng Kok where wannabe poet Ishak Abd Rahman threatened the Chinese Malaysians with a sickening chant.
Reader KY Wong commenting as mwt in 50 UMNO Youths Threatened MCA MP! prophesied correctly that “Habis lah… by opening his big mouth he can be a one term MP only …”.

Well, Ong Ka Ting, you had to remove him because UMNO told you to, didn’t they?
MCA = Must Cowt’au Abang
Case II
We learn from Malaysiakini that Raja Bodek will be standing in Batu Kawan instead of Bukit Bendera as we had initially suspected.
Bukit Bendera is a Gerakan stronghold but only for Chia Kwang Chye – wait, let me rephrase that, Bukit Bendera is a ‘Chia Kwang Chye’ stronghold.
As I have often commented in the past, Penangites can teach Chinese politicians dearly – Wong Pow Nee, even Lim Chong Eu and would you believe it, Lim Kit Siang and Karpal Singh (who is an honorary Chinese anyway) were all victims.
While BB is 74% Chinese-majority, Raja Bodek has opted for Batu Kawan where the Chinese are only about 50% and the Malays and Indians make up about 25% each. Raja Bodek obviously feels safer in a place with less Chinese.
But we need to remember that the Gerakan has never been nice to its Indian members. Sad to say, only the DAP and BN (through MIC) have field Indian candidates successfully. I hope the 25% Indians in Batu Kawan remember this, and not be fooled by Humpty Dumpty (with wig) again and again.
Case III
Malaysiakini just released its breaking news that DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng will stand in Penang, though he didn’t reveal where he will be contesting, but pundits claim it will be the Gelugor parliamentary seat and the Seri Delima State seat.
The latter means he aspires to be Penang’s 2nd opposition CM, after Dr Lim Chong Eu.
… that is, assuming he isn’t played out by Anwar Ibrahim, who I suspect will defect to the BN if 2 conditions are obtained to enable him to pry his way back into UMNO:
(i) BN gets less than 2/3 majority
(ii) The ‘chosen ones’ in PKR (meaning those ex UMNO people in PKR who will gladly follow the de facto leader back into UMNO and power) hold the balance of power.
UMNO will then be hard pressed to play tarik harga (hard to get).

KTemoc Konsiders ……..: Political Snippets (4)

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