The MCA (Malaysian Chinese Association)

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Free Malaysia Today

S#*t! There are rats on Tee Keat’s turf

Stanley Koh | March 21, 2013

The Pandan MP’s supporters trace the stink to MCA headquarters.

Many people in Pandan smelled rats earlier this month when a previously unknown group held a demonstration to pressure MCA to exclude their MP, Ong Tee Keat, from its list of candidates for the coming election.

They said the stupid rats defecated all over the place and their stinking trail led to the office of the MCA president, Dr Chua Soi Lek.

To Ong’s supporters, nothing could be more stupid than the demand by the so-called Gabungan Persatuan Penduduk Parlimen Pandan (Coalition of Pandan Residents’ Associations) for the five-term MP to give up his seat.

A resident in Cahaya Maju asked: “Why would a newly registered coalition demand a change of MPs for Pandan when Ong has been working hard non-stop in taking care of our needs?”

The chairman of the newly sprung coalition, David Kow, had blamed Ong for the lack of a Klinik 1Malaysia and Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia in Pandan.

“This Kow is talking rubbish,” said a businessman who operates a restaurant close to Ong’s service centre.

“We all know the services provided by our MP, including mobile health clinics. We know he helped set up health checks in markets and shopping centres. We know he helped to set up a haemodialysis centre in Majujaya and also other places.”

S#*t! There are rats on Tee Keat’s turf

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Malaysiakini

Tee Keat says he’s a different whistleblower from Rafizi

INTERVIEW While incumbent Pandan MP Ong Tee Keat and his rival Rafizi Ramli share one thing in common – whistleblowing – the two cannot be compared.

According to Ong, who was instrumental in exposing the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal, this was because his exposés implicated his own party members, whereas Rafizi’s exposés targeted his political opponents.

“His (Rafizi) strategy might not be the same as mine because in my case, the issue that I expose is from within.

“It is not that I was there to pinpoint others’ fault, others’ shortcomings, or others’ scandals, but rather, I was doing my own house cleaning when serving as a minister,” he said.

He said this when was asked during an exclusive interview with Malaysiakini whether he would be competing against Rafizi on their respective track records of exposing corruption.

Tee Keat says he’s a different whistleblower from Rafizi

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NST

28 February 2013| last updated at 12:39AM

Ong Tee Keat’s name not in MCA candidates list for 13 GE – Chua

PETALING JAYA: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek confirmed that Pandan MP Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat was not listed in the party’s candidates list that was sent Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.Therefore, he said he could not provide any information on Ong who will defend his seat as a direct Barisan Nasional  (BN) candidate, as reported by a news portal, recently.”I have not heard of any information on that appointment  and as far as I know, our list of candidates does not carry  Ong’s name.Read more: Ong Tee Keat’s name not in MCA candidates list for 13 GE – Chua – Latest –

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The Malaysian Insider was informed earlier this afternoon that Ong was selected to be a direct candidate under BN to contest in Pandan, a seat the senior politician has held for five terms now.

The decision was made during an “elections war room” meeting chaired by BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak today, a source with knowledge of the meeting told this news portal.

Malaysian Insider

Surprised, Tee Keat calls Pandan candidacy a ‘pleasant surprise’

By Clara Chooi
Assistant News Editor
February 26, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 – Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat described it a “pleasant surprise” today to hear he had been selected as Barisan Nasional’s (BN) candidate in Pandan, saying he had not expected the decision from the pact’s leadership.

But the former MCA president (picture), who was initially excluded from a list of proposed candidates presented to his arch nemesis and successor Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, said he would not jump the gun and assume the information as true before receiving a formal notification.

Surprised, Tee Keat calls Pandan candidacy a ‘pleasant surprise’

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Malaysian Insider

Direct candidates under BN possible in GE13, Najib hints

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid
February 23, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 – Barisan Nasional (BN) has not ruled out fielding candidates directly under the coalition’s banner, a move that could see personalities like Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat selected for the Election 2013 contest despite his spat with MCA’s leadership.

English daily The Star reported today that BN chairman and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had hinted at the possibility when asked if the coalition would field candidates deemed “winnable” for the polls but are unpopular in their respective parties.

“Wait and see. When the time comes (it’ll be revealed). I don’t want to jump the gun,” the tabloid quoted him as saying.

Direct candidates under BN possible in GE13, Najib hints

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Free Malaysia Today

Will MCA’s face-game work?

Selena Tay | February 23, 2013

It wants Chinese voters to look at the candidate’s face and not at the party the person represents.

COMMENT

MCA has started a subtle strategy to woo Chinese voters via the Chinese papers. And the ploy is to advice the Chinese voters to look at the candidate’s face and not at the party he represents. Therefore if MCA puts a credible candidate who is a well-known corporate figure, the candidate might defeat the DAP candidate who is less well-known.

If this is the scenario, MCA can increase its seat count in Parliament from the present 15. By encouraging Chinese voters to look at the candidate instead of the party, MCA’s strategists hope that the Chinese will overlook the party’s less than credible name.

This is in direct contrast to Umno’s strategy of asking the Malay voters to look at the party instead of the candidate because the name of Umno is still marketable among the Malays whereas the name of MCA is not marketable anymore among the Chinese.

Displaying and highlighting the candidate’s credentials is MCA’s subtle strategy of deception to make Chinese voters forget the MCA name. The Chinese have to realise the fact that even if the MCA candidate is credible, he is still part of the corrupt BN system and in the end he will be forced to support the corrupt system as well.
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Chinese voters must not fall for MCA’s presentation of faces-ploy. A vote for MCA is a vote for Umno’s dominance and also a vote for the continuation of cronyism and other crooked practices by BN.

Selena Tay is a DAP member and a FMT columnist.

Will MCA’s face-game work?

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Malay Mail

Trouble brewing in MCA?

Friday, February 22, 2013 – 13:10
Location:
KUALA LUMPUR
MCA PandanSIGN OF SOLIDARITY: Ong and members of the MCA Pandan division hold posters promoting its Chap Goh Mei celebration on Sunday, which will be attended by the prime minister — Malaysiakinipix

IT appears as if trouble is brewing in MCA Pandan when five of its senior division officials showed up at Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat’s press conference yesterday, as a sign of solidarity with the Pandan MP who has been dropped as a candidate for the coming general election.

Five Pandan MCA division office bearers — deputy chief Tan Chuan Yong, Wanita chief Leong Siew Kam, organising secretary Chung Mun Hing, deputy organising secretary Lee Fook Seng and committee member Lee Cheing Fong — said they were not informed of the decision not to endorse Tee Keat as the area’s BN candidate.

Tan and Leong expressed shock over the latest development, saying the division did not meet to decide on the division’s nominee as the Pandan candidate — allegations that Tee Keat’s successor Gary Lim denies.

Trouble brewing in MCA?

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Malay Mail

Showdown in Pandan

MP unlikely to budge as MCA boss reveals different candidate
Friday, February 22, 2013 – 13:02
Location:
KUALA LUMPUR


MACHINATIONS
within MCA have led to the stunning announcement by party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek on Wednesday night that incumbent Pandan MP Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat was not included in the party’s candidates list.

Ong, the five-term Pandan strongman, is unlikely to budge even as Dr Chua names 39-year-old lawyer Gary Lim, an unknown, as the party’s candidate for the constituency.

Dr Chua justified dropping Ong — the MCA president he ousted in 2010 — saying Ong did not have the support of the Pandan MCA division.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference yesterday, Ong shrugged off suggestions that he would accept the order.

“I had been expecting this since two or three years ago. However, it is the BN chairman’s prerogative to decide on the candidate list,” Ong said, referring to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Showdown in Pandan

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Malay Mail

So who is the winnable candidate?

Friday, February 22, 2013 – 13:21
Location:
KUALA LUMPUR
13th GE

Incumbent Ong Tee Keat — It’s for PM to decide on candidates list

SO who is a winnable candidate for the BN in Pandan? Five-term MP Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat or newbie Gary Lim?

While the announcement by MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek on Wednesday night that Ong would be dropped was not surprising, it still came as a shock.

Was the MCA chief putting his personal feelings against his nemesis and predecessor, over BN’s own interests in retaining one of the few seats MCA is strongest in? Sources say dropping Ong seemed to contradict the prime minister’s endorsement of Ong as a winnable candidate.

It is understood that Datuk Seri Najib Razak had on at least two occasions insisted that Ong’s name be included. “There is still hope for Ong as Najib could use his discretion as BN chairman and insist on fielding Ong,” said a party insider.

“The decision to drop Tee Keat is debatable due to the bad blood between him and Dr Chua, hence Najib could exercise his prerogative to decide in the larger interests of BN.”

13th GENewbie Gary Lim — Surprised he is called ‘winnable candidate’
……….However, it seems Ong is still within Najib’s sights. The prime minister will attend the Pandan Chap Goh Meh do on Sunday — an indication of his regard for Ong.Lim, meanwhile, is undoubtedly daunted by the task ahead, saying he was “surprised” to be named a winnable candidate by Dr Chua.So who is the winnable candidate?

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Malay Mail

Dare to stand as Independent?

Friday, February 22, 2013 – 18:02
Being Frank

EVERY political party has a certain amount of innovative oxygen to sustain its vitality. The MCA’s Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat is one of them whose rise had been shaped by his study of power, beginning with his days as a community organiser.

He was possibly one of the few MCA candidates with a strong chance of winning in GE13. So, would his ouster from the Pandan parliamentary constituency now trigger a cardiac arrest of the party?

Ong Tee Keat 1ONG: One of few MCA candidates with strong chance of winning in GE13

Clearly, the damage to 56-year-old Ong has been done. And although a day may come when he decides he wants to stand under the MCA banner again, I suspect he’ll never be able to trust the party again.

Dare to stand as Independent?

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HAS CHUA SOI LEK BITTEN OFF MORE THAN HE CAN CHEW? ONG TEE KEAT MAY BE TOUGHER AND BIGGER THAN CHUA IMAGINES…

Free Malaysia Today

Pandan MCA denies endorsing Gary Lim

Leven Woon | February 22, 2013

Exco members of the division say Dr Chua Soi Lek might have been misinformed.

CHERAS: MCA’s Pandan division today denied that it had endorsed Gary Lim as the BN election candidate for the constituency, contradicting party president Dr Chua Soi Lek’s announcement and heightening the feud between him and former president Ong Tee Keat.

At a press conference following an emergency meeting, Pandan MCA youth chief Chong Sin Won said the division had not met to decide whom to endorse.

“We are not against or for any candidate,” he said. “But to say we have approved Lim as our candidate—that we need to clarify.”

On Wednesday, Chua announced that Lim would contest in Pandan because Ong, the current MP for the constituency, had failed to garner enough support from division members.

Pandan MCA denies endorsing Gary Lim

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Malaysiakini

Pandan MCA ‘never discussed candidate for GE13’

The Pandan MCA division has never discussed its choice of candidate for the coming 13th general election (13th GE), Youth leader Chong Sin Woon said today.

However, he said, the division would support anyone chosen by the Barisan Nasional (BN) leadership to ensure victory for the candidate.

“Anyone who claims that they have the support and nominated by Pandan MCA, the claim is baseless,” he told reporters after the division’s emergency meeting which was chaired by its deputy chairperson, Tan Chuan Yong.

The meeting was called to clarify on a media report about an announcement by MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek that the Pandan MCA had nominated a new face, Gary Lim, a 39-year-old lawyer, to be fielded as a candidate in the coming general election, instead of incumbent Ong Tee Kiat.

Chong said the Pandan MCA was taking an open stand and willing to discuss with Dr Chua on the candidate for Pandan.

Pandan MCA ‘never discussed candidate for GE13’

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The announcement comes as no surprise, following the bitter rivalry and open warfare between both Ong and his successor in the party Dr Chua.

It is an open secret that there is no love lost between the duo and in the run-up to the polls, both have been taking turns at accusing one another of sabotage and faction-fighting in the party.

What will Ong Tee Keat do?

Malaysian Insider

Tee Keat insists still in the running as BN’s Pandan candidate

By Clara Chooi
Assistant News Editor
February 21, 2013

 

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21 — Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat today brushed off reports that he has been dropped as MCA’s candidate for the coming polls, insisting that the final decision lies in the hands of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and not party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.

He told a press conference here that he was not the slightest bit perturbed by Dr Chua’s surprise announcement on his candidacy last night, even saying he had already predicted it two years ago.

But the five-term MP for Pandan also laced his purportedly nonchalant remarks with a clear warning to Dr Chua, telling the latter that he would have to face the consequences for his actions.

“He should know that each time he makes a statement like this, what is the ground feedback?” Ong said.

“He has to bear with it, whether good or bad. He has to make his own decisions. He is older than me, I cannot be teaching him lessons.”

Tee Keat insists still in the running as BN’s Pandan candidate

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Malaysian Insider

Tee Keat left out of MCA’s GE13 list

By Clara Chooi
Assistant News Editor
February 20, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 20 – Embattled incumbent Pandan MP Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat has been excluded from MCA’s list of possible candidates for the coming 13th general election, party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said tonight.

Dr Chua was reported as saying in The Star Online that the five-term parliamentarian Ong, who has been at odds with the party’s present leadership, does not have the support from all the Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties in his constituency.

“Ong doesn’t have the support of his own division. Ong’s name is not in the list prepared by the division, and I am dependant on the list prepared by the division,” the former Health Minister reportedly said at a Chinese New Year open house organised by Pandan MCA.

Dr Chua also introduced 39-year-old lawyer Gary Lim to reporters as MCA’s new candidate for the seat, The Star Online reported.

Tee Keat left out of MCA’s GE13 list

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THE DOOMSAYERS HAVE A FIELD DAY: MCA MAY BE FINISHED (‘KAPUT’) AFTER GE 13!

However, SEZ WHO? is a very important question to ask.

IS IT REALLY GOING TO BE THAT BAD FOR MCA?

Malaysian Insider

Johor may spell end for MCA, says Singapore paper

February 17, 2013

MCA president and Johor MCA chief Datuk Chua Soi Lek — File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 — Johor will be the battleground that decides MCA’s survival in Malaysian politics, Singapore’s Sunday Times said today in an analysis ahead of national polls here.

The article by Teo Cheng Wee, the paper’s regional correspondent based here, is part of an election series providing a snapshot of key states and issues where the race for control of Putrajaya is forecast to be fiercest.

The southern state which is Malaysia’s entryway to the republic has long been a bastion for the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, including founding member MCA, which has strong roots there securing more than half of the Chinese party’s 15 parliamentary seats, he noted.

However, he said the party will be facing an uphill battle in the 13th general elections as the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) opposition pact will be concentrating its effort to sway the Chinese voters to its side, citing political analyst Ibrahim Suffian.

“The BN should continue to do well in Johor, particularly among the Malay voters, but there might be declines in urban seats and Chinese votes,” Ibrahim, the director of independent research house Merdeka Center, told the paper.

“Therefore, the Johor election may well became a battle for the survival of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), part of the BN coalition,” Teo surmised.

He noted further MCA’s political death could be sealed should its foe, the largely Chinese-based DAP, strengthen its presence in Johor.

“Major inroads by the opposition Chinese-based Democratic Action Party could spell the MCA’s demise,” Teo said.

Read on….

Johor may spell end for MCA, says Singapore paper

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The answer? An ex-UMNO man and a philanthropist with ‘history’ with the MCA.

1 Here is what the ex-UMNO man, UMNO’s former state assemblyman for Pulau Manis, Mohd Ariff Sabri Aziz, says.

MCA faces wipe-out at coming GE, says ex-UMNO rep

Harakahdaily, 08 February 2013

Feb 8: If 30% of Malay voters vote against MCA in the remaining constituencies it currently holds, the Chinese-only BN party may face a wipe-out.

This is the conclusion by UMNO’s former state assemblyman for Pulau Manis, Mohd Ariff Sabri Aziz.

“The prospects of eliminating MCA as such is good. Some 80% to 85% of non-Malays are supporting Pakatan and 50% of the Malays will vote for Pakatan.

“We have many instances where voters in areas with Malay majority gave substantial support to Pakatan,” said Ariff, writing in his column on news portal Free Malaysia Today.

Ariff, who was information chief of the Pekan UMNO division under prime minister Najib Razak, said MCA had “lost its credibility and relevance”, especially in its current campaign against PAS to complement UMNO’s anti-DAP propaganda among the Malay electorate.
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2 Here is what the philanthropist with ‘history’ with the MCA, Koon Yew Yin, says.

Saying MCA faces ‘wipeout’, veteran industrialist urges members to shift loyalty now

Harakahdaily, 11 February 2013

Feb 11: The spate of political gimmicks being unleashed by Chinese-only party MCA to woo back its lost support would not work, said a veteran industrialist.

In an article published by a news portal, Koon Yew Yin (pic), who co-founded public-listed construction giant IJM Corporation among other companies, said the Chinese electorate being targeted by MCA was sophisticated and discerning and would not fall prey to the BN party’s campaign.

“What will the Chinese (and other Malaysian) voters be influenced by? Chinese voters want change. They want a party that can stand up to Umno and its almost 60 years of self-serving politics of racism, cronyism and opportunism that have damaged our economy, ruined our educational system and made the future darker for all Malaysians, especially for non-Malays,” wrote Koon Yew Yin on Malaysiakini.

WILL THEIR PREDICTIONS COME TRUE?

In Perak, one of the factors to consider is HOW MUCH WE TRUST DAP, with the charges of corruption, cronism and in-fighting levelled against its leadership. These charges have not been answered except with threats to sue and letters of demand. Do voters believe in the integrity of Perak DAP?

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Malaysiakini

MCA rides on ‘People’s Stability Bus’ for votes

BN’s Chinese dominated component party MCA unveiled its new “People’s Stability Bus” mobile ceramah vehicle cum stage platform at its annual Chinese New Year open house in Bandar Tun Razak near Cheras today.

As if to showcase its stability, when arriving to grace the event, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and wife Rosmah Mansor, along with a retinue of BN leaders, went onboard the bus all the way to the stage on the second floor of the double-decker vehicle.

mca chinese new year open door 100213 38 stability busThe BN leaders and PM’s spouse then crowded atop the vehicle waving at the assembled crowd which greeted them.

After PKR’s campaign bus and DAP’s ‘Ubah’ trucks, MCA is the third party to go mobile as far as campaign platforms go.

MCA rides on ‘People’s Stability Bus’ for votes

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Sundaily

More young women expected in MCA’s line-up

Posted on 6 February 2013 – 09:51pm
Last updated on 6 February 2013 – 10:10pm

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 6, 2013): MCA is expected to field more young women candidates in the 13th general election (GE13).

China Press, quoting party insiders, reported today that half of the 30-odd women nominees recommended by MCA divisions and branches are newbies.
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Among the nominees given better exposure in the media are Beliawanis chief Tee Hooi Leng of Klang, Selangor; Beliawanis deputy chief Wong Siaw Ting, who is special officer to the Seputeh BN chief; Beliawanis member Sung Yi Wen, who has been active in Bahau, Negri Sembilan; and living liver donor Chew Hoong Ling.

It is worth noting that Chew, who joined MCA after her deed to donate 60% of her liver to a Singaporean teenager in 2008 was given wide publicity, was not nominated by the women’s wing, but given the high-profile appearances she made together with party president in Petaling Jaya Utara recently, it is an open secret that she is the party’s choice for the parliamentary constituency

More young women expected in MCA’s line-up

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ChewHoongLing

Things just happen, the rest is up to ME to make it GREAT!

Achievements

  • Organ donation activist, living liver donor and Member of the Public Awareness Action Committee for Organ and Tissue Donation under the Ministry of Health
  • Member of the National Consultative Youth Council, Ministry of Youth and Sports
  • Founding President of Voice of Women
  • Author of “I Don’t Know You but Let Me Save You”

Awards

  • Selangor Youth Award (Volunteerism) 2006
  • Great Women of Our Time award by the Malaysian Women’s Weekly (Education and Public Service) 2008
  • Lions Clubs International District 308-B1 District Governor’s Distinguished Service Award 2011
  • National Premier Youth Award 2011

Chew Hoong Ling
www.myicon.com.my/main/chewhoongling.html –

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Beliawanis chief Tee Hooi Leng of Klang, Selangor.

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Beliawanis deputy chief Wong Siaw Ting, who is special officer to the Seputeh BN chief.

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MCA’s ‘luscious babes’ hit out at critics, demand apology
Posted on October 9, 2011

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MTUC stressed that the policy on minimum wage implementation and the quantum were under intense debate for over three years before the decision was made in March 2012.

Malaysiakini

MTUC blasts MCA as ‘the spokesperson of the wealthy’
12:15PM Jan 24, 2013

The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has urged the government not to backtrack on the minimum wage policy, despite the ultimatum issued by MCA president Chua Soi Lek to Human Resources Minister S Subramaniam.

NONECalling MCA “the spokesman of the wealthy”, MTUC secretary-general Abdul Halim Mansor (right) said the party “has little choice, but to vocally advocate the demands of industry bosses”.

“Understandably, Chua does not care for the needs of workers who slog daily for wages as low as RM500 a month,” he said in a statement issued yesterday.

Chua has issued an ultimatum to Subramaniam on Tuesday, for the government to resolve issues arising out of the minimum wage policy before Chinese New Year next month.

Should Subramaniam fail to do so, Chua said, the MCA would support small- and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) in holding a demonstration.

MTUC blasts MCA as ‘the spokesperson of the wealthy’

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Malaysiakini

MCA issues ultimatum on minimum wage issues

MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek has issued an ultimatum to Human Resources Minister Dr S Subramaniam, to resolve issues arising out of the minimum wage policy before Chinese New Year next month.

NONEShould Subramaniam fail to do so, Chua said, the MCA would support small- and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) in holding a demonstration.

“The human resources minister should decide as soon as possible, before Chinese New Year,” he told a press conference after the party’s presidential council meeting today.

Chua said the ministry should adopt MCA’s proposal that the levy, hostel and meal expenses be paid by foreign workers, or many SMEs could go bankrupt under the financial burden.

Chinese New Year this year falls on Feb 10 and 11.

 ultimatum 

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Free Malaysia Today

Can MCA deliver for Najib?

Mohd Ariff Sabri Aziz | November 27, 2012

Is Najib lashing out at DAP because he’s frustrated with MCA’s inability to sustain Chinese support?

COMMENT

Why should any self-respecting Malay support Umno which stands idly by and endorses a party like the MCA?

MCA can no longer sustain Chinese support and Umno is absolutely disabled to help.

So it has come to this because all this while Umno has turned MCA into a party of honorary Malays. Now Umno reaps what it has sown.

The prospect of DAP supplanting and eliminating MCA altogether is the main reason why Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is attempting meek scare-mongering tactic.

But people are not buying whatever you say now, Mr PM.
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MCA knows it can only deliver at best three parliamentary seats in the coming general election. The party has been reduced to the status of a neutered Chihuahua.
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The writer is a former Umno state assemblyman who has now joined DAP. He is a FMT columnist.

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Kota Kecil MCA chairman Tai Foo Him said the MCA leaders did not dare to speak out against the blueprint because they were afraid to lose their government positions.

Free Malaysia Today

MCA member slams leadership over education policies

Leven Woon | November 25, 2012

The grassroots leader vows to pull out from the party if MCA fails to change the outcome of National Education Blueprint.

PETALING JAYA: The 6,000-strong Dong Zong rally against the National Education Blueprint 2013-2025 today saw the surprise attendance of a grassroots MCA member from Kota Tinggi, Johor.

Breaking ranks with the party leaders who had openly snubbed the rally, the Kota Kecil MCA chairman Tai Foo Him led three busloads of people to support the rally which was held in Padang Timur here.

He told reporters that majority of 110 people who came with him were MCA members.

He drew a mixture of cheers and boos when asked to speak at the rally where some of the protesters had carried banners reading: “Shameless MCA president betrays Chinese education” and “BN MCA, Corrupt and Abuse of Power”.

“I feel ashamed when I saw your placards condemning our party. I think our leaders must change,” he said.

“If they don’t, then maybe it’s about the time for us to change,” he added, without elaborating.

MCA member slams leadership over education policies

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By abandoning and isolating the party’s dutiful role, the leadership had chosen to be in a self-denial mode, underestimating the impact it can cause in the upcoming general election.

Free Malaysia Today

Green Walk a death knell for MCA?

Stanley Koh | November 26, 2012

MCA veterans are of the view that things could only get worse for the party in Pahang as long as the party continues to worship Umno feudalism while paying lip-service to the people.

COMMENT

The anti-Lynas one-man 300-kilometre journey initiated by Himpunan Hijau chairman Wong Tack from Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur had attracted thousands of ordinary Malaysians, mostly Chinese, to join in his cause to protect the environment.

The overwhelming support at stop-overs along the way in towns and new villages in Pahang had generated numerous “touching” human stories on the rapport and silent support towards the protection of the environment, which had been abused and grossly neglected by the Barisan Nasional government.

It is therefore not surprising that worrying murmurs of deep concerns are haunting the MCA’s rank and file in Pahang, which is also the home state of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

MCA has distanced itself from the opposition against the Lynas rare earth operations located at Gebeng, Kuantan, and quietly banned all party rank and file leaders from actively supporting the protest walk.
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Party factionalism in Pahang

MCA’s biggest liability in Pahang is the lack of credible leaders, according to public perception. There is a commonly accepted notion that MCA leaders are lacking in respect and trust.
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Environmental concerns and disconnected chords between local party leaders and the ordinary rakyat will backfire on the party’s performance in the state.
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The Green March may well be the last straw that broke the camel’s back – denying Pahang MCA any chance of a better performance in the next general election.

Stanley Koh is a FMT columnist. He was a former head of MCA’s think tank.

Green Walk a death knell for MCA?

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An endorsement by Perkasa?

The praise of this ultra-racist group, surely, can’t be taken seriously! Perkasa praises MCA for wagging its tail whenever UMNO commands it to….

Ibrahim Ali, “In fact, MCA has for a long time accepted Umno’s leadership but DAP does not accept PAS’ leadership and intention to form an Islamic nation. This is how DAP differs from MCA.”

Malaysiakini

MCA is better than DAP, says Perkasa
1:27PM Oct 22, 2012

Voting for the BN, including MCA candidates, is better than supporting the DAP, said Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali.

Ibrahim said that even the Malay rights NGO’s rebuke of MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek over his hudud remarks was not “fundamental” enough a reason to oppose the BN party.

“We have to choose between BN or Pakatan Rakyat. After weighing everything, we conclude that MCA is better than DAP in many aspects.

“(Our statement on Chua’s remark) is more of a reminder. MCA leaders can state their opinion, and when we disagree we issue a reminder but that does not mean we are enemies,” Malay-language daily Sinar Harian quoted him as saying.

Speaking at the Selangor Perkasa extraordinary general meeting in Shah Alam yesterday, Ibrahim added that MCA began airing critical opinions on hudud as DAP kept raising the matter.

“Maybe MCA had to speak against hudud to maintain its Chinese support, but no MCA leader has said ‘over my dead body’ about this, while DAP leaders have said so.

“In fact, MCA has for a long time accepted Umno’s leadership but DAP does not accept PAS’ leadership and intention to form an Islamic nation. This is how DAP differs from MCA,” he said.

MCA is better than DAP, says Perkasa

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We know who holds all the cards in the BN coalition when:

BIG BROTHER UMNO SAYS, “GIVE US YOUR SEATS.”
LITTLE BROTHER MCA SAYS, “HOW MANY?”

Malaysiakini

Rep explains why MCA must support Umno
  • Koh Jun Lin
  • 10:26PM Oct 21, 2012

MCA should stand with Umno because it does not advocate for hudud law despite being a party for Muslims, said an MCA delegate at the party’s national-level annual general meeting (AGM) today.

“PAS attacked our Umno allies relentlessly in the Malay villages (about the hudud issue), but Umno bravely took the blows in order to defend the rights of non-Muslims in Malaysia’s multiracial and multi-religious country.

“How can we not stand with Umno?” said delegate Dr Leong Yong Kong, during the debates session.

He was explaining the reasons why the party should support Umno, saying that MCA members who are not prepared to explain this are not ready to meet the people.

Rep explains why MCA must support Umno

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MCA’s soul-searching days appear to be over; it now has a firm, if familiar, game plan.

Malaysiakini

Has MCA’s soul searching taken it full circle?
  • Nigel Aw & Lu Wei Hoong
  • 10:41PM Oct 21, 2012

Over four years after MCA suffered its worst electoral debacle since the formation of BN, the party at its annual general assembly meeting today appeared to have confidently settled on its agenda ahead of the national polls that must be called by early next year.

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Following the charged anti-Pakatan and particularly anti-DAP rhetoric of its Youth and Women wings’ AGMs yesterday, the main AGM today was carefully crafted from beginning to end as a rallying cry before a general election described as the party’s “life and death” battle.

From breaking its decade-long tradition of white uniforms in favour of BN’s blue tees, to political banners decorating the MCA headquarters, the message in the words of MCA president Chua Soi Lek was simple: “We are ready for war.”

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‘New politics’ forgotten

Prior to last year, MCA chiefs Chua and his predecessor Ong Tee Keat had contemplated going beyond the parochial concerns of advocating for Chinese temples and schools, or hammering at its Chinese-majority arch rival DAP and the perceived Islamic threat from PAS.

They had called it the “new politics”.

However, unwittingly or otherwise, the party in its haste to pull its act together has returned to the same platform it used when it entered the 2008 general election that saw the party’s parliamentary seat halved from 31 to 15.

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Malaysiakini

MCA in ‘war mode’, T-shirts are new weapons
  • Lu Wei Hoong
  • 4:48PM Oct 21, 2012

MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek said that the blue T-shirts bearing anti-Pakatan Rakyat slogans for delegates at the party’s annual general meeting (AGM) symbolised MCA’s preparedness for “war” and the general election.

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“All political parties must transform and change to suit (election) time. This is war time and everybody has their role to play,” Chua (centre, in photo) said during a press conference at the sidelines of the event.

On the anti-Pakatan messages on the back of the T-shirts and posters pasted all over the MCA headquarters, Chua said that they were meant to remind the public of the consequences of voting for the opposition.

MCA in ‘war mode’, T-shirts are new weapons

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We know who holds all the cards in the BN coalition when:

BIG BROTHER UMNO SAYS, “GIVE US YOUR SEATS.”
LITTLE BROTHER MCA SAYS, “HOW MANY?”

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Malaysian Insider

MCA says will yield seats if told to by Najib

August 25, 2012

IPOH, Aug 25 — MCA is willing to give up seats it has contested all along to its Barisan Nasional (BN) partners on the condition they are confident of winning and get the nod of BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak, party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said today.

He said MCA had total confidence in Najib’s leadership and that the party was willing to forego seats it stood no chance of winning.

“As for me, there is no need to discuss seat distribution, we have confidence in the wisdom of the BN leadership under Najib.

“I am stating openly that MCA will not demand seats that we will not win or are not confident of winning. We are not a component that likes to ‘syok sendiri’ (flatter themselves),” he told reporters after meeting hawkers at the Gunung Rapat market here.

He said this when asked to comment on reports that MCA’s BN partner Gerakan stood a better chance of winning the Gopeng parliamentary and Malim Nawar state seats, which are traditionally MCA seats, in the next general election.

MCA says will yield seats if told to by Najib

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Chua Soi Lek hops onto the Lee Chong Wei and Pandelela jetplanes. 

Malaysiakini

Chua slams Mano in front of Chong Wei
  • Nigel Aw
  • 1:21PM Aug 23, 2012

MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek said DAP’s M Manoharan was “politically retarded” for the latter’s criticism of national shuttler Lee Chong Wei’s Olympic performance.

In his speech today at an event to honour Lee and fellow Olympic medallist Pandelela Rinong Pamg, Chua said Manoharan was undoing attempts to unite Malaysia.

“If politicians fail to unite all Malaysians, at least both of you have helped to unite all Malaysians in the spirit of 1Malaysia,” he said of Lee and Pandelela, who bagged a silver for badminton and bronze for diving respectively.

Chua slams Mano in front of Chong Wei

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Malaysian Insider

Soi Lek calls DAP leader ‘politically retarded’ over Chong Wei remarks

By Hafidz Baharom
August 23, 2012

PETALING JAYA, Aug 23 — MCA president Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek today called DAP assemblyman M. Manoharan politically retarded for criticising national badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei’s performance at the Olympics.

Dr Chuasaid this in his speech at The Star’s presentation of cheques for RM100,000 each to Olympic medallists Lee and diver Pandelela Rinong Pamg at The Star head office here.

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“There are certain political leaders who are ‘politically retarded’, who rubbished the achievements of Datuk Lee and sang praises for his opponent.

“He apologised later, but such an apology is meaningless,” Dr Chua said.

He was referring to Manoharan, the DAP’s Kota Alam Shah state assemblyman, who had appeared to criticise Lee and linked his defeat to Barisan Nasional rule in a series of tweets following the match that attracted widespread condemnation.

Soi Lek calls DAP leader ‘politically retarded’ over Chong Wei remarks

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Both Chua Soi Lek and Ng Yen Yen are still fumbling!

Chua knows, but prefers not to say, that the discriminatory policies in education and other fields, started in the 1970s. If Chua were to consult the history books, the person appointed Education Minister in 1974 till 1978 was none other than Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He shaped many of the education policies which are carried through to this day, with even more intensity and ferocity.

Mahathir introduced the racial quota system for public university entry. His ministry had the power and authority to discipline students and academics who were politically active. English, as the medium of instruction in schools, was abolished.

Free Malaysia Today

Yen Yen ‘proud’ but credibility dented

Mariam Mokhtar | July 13, 2012

Her ‘pride’ at her PR status did not go down well with Malaysians.

COMMENT

Sometimes, politicians should keep their mouths firmly shut. Several senior politicians who have spoken somewhat prematurely have received the displeasure of the rakyat, for their foolishness. The MCA hierarchy should appreciate the axiom – that less is more.

Ng Yen Yen, the MCA vice-president, tried to justify her status as a Permanent Resident (PR) of Australia. Instead, she succeeded in making Malaysians and possibly Australians, more outraged.

The MCA chief Dr Chua Soi Lek failed to realise that people are more interested in policies, rather than people’s affairs. He thought he would be praised for “daring” to admit to his affair when he tried to discredit Lim Guan Eng, the DAP secretary-general. Instead he (Chua) was portrayed as a rabbit caught in the headlights of a car; perhaps a more apt description would have been, caught with his pants down.

Last week, Ng, who is also Tourism Minister, tried to clear her name after Lim had alluded to her, in the debate, dubbed “Debate 2.0”, with Chua.

Lim had made a pointed reference, without mentioning names, that not every Malaysian could get PR status in Australia. He had clearly alluded to Ng, who two decades earlier had sought and successfully obtained PR in Australia.

Stung by Lim’s remarks, Ng decided to give her version of events in a press conference, so that she would not be “misunderstood”. According to her, the PR was secured in the 1990s and that in 1995, on completion of her son’s education, she had renounced her right to abode.

Ng tried to appear altruistic: “I went to Australia for my son’s education. I am very proud of it [as] my son is a very successful lawyer. I have no regrets.”

Unfortunately, her explanation backfired. In trying to justify her action, the rakyat was disgusted by her behaviour. Her “pride” at her PR status did not go down well with Malaysians.

Chua is wrong

Sensing a growing discontent in the public, Chua thought he would smooth things over but instead caused further opprobrium for both him and Ng, when he tried to justify her actions by blaming Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim whose policies, he said, were responsible for many non-Malays being rejected from local universities.

He said, “She did this because when Anwar was education minister during this time, it was very restrictive to the non-Bumiputera.”

Records indicate that Chua is wrong. Sulaiman Daud, a former vice-president of Sarawak’s Parti Pesaka Bumiputera (PBB), served as the Education Minister from 1981 to 1984 and again from 1991 to 1995.

Chua reiterated Ng’s decision to apply for PR status: “She has said it very clearly – in this country, many people applied for PR status for the sake of education.”

Naturally, Chua failed to see the incongruity of Ng, a member of the Dewan Negara, holding Australian PR; the analogy of which could be of a married woman having a bit on the side.

Malaysians are appalled that Ng should apply for PR just so her son could benefit from free tuition in Australia. The act is dishonest and is akin to cheating.

Many Malaysians studied in Australia but they did not get PR simply to avoid paying the full fees.

For reasons known only to themselves, MCA prefers to keep mum on several discriminatory policies of BN. Instead of fighting for the rights of the Chinese, MCA Chinese just kowtow to their Umno masters.

For more, click on the link

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Malaysiakini

Liow finally gives up WWW15 number plate
3:39PM Jun 11, 2012

Facing continuous criticism over the bidding for the WWW 15 number-plate, Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai today announced his decision to give up the glamour number.

The MCA deputy president reiterated in a one-paragraph statement that he did not bid for the number plate, but merely requested to acquire the number for his official car.

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The WWW15 LIOWGATE saga may not be over yet

Malaysiakini

WWW15 row: Transport minister speaks up
12:03PM Jun 10, 2012

Transport Minister Kong Cho Har appeared to have landed a subtle jab on his MCA colleague Liow Tiong Lai, by implying that someone had lied over the latter’s vanity number plate.

“What is important is that everyone speaks the truth. If everyone does so, there would be no such problems,” he was quoted as saying by the daily.

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Meanwhile, MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek publicly defended his now infamous ‘left hand to right hand’ remark, claiming that he was misunderstood.

He said that it doesn’t matter whether the WWW15 number plate was paid for by the health ministry, which Liow leads, because the funds will end up in a government consolidated account.

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Behold how the mighty have fallen!

Once upon a time, the MCA lorded over us!

They TOLD us that unless we Chinese voted for them, they would not represent our interests in the BN, and then we would suffer. We NEEDED them.

They also THREATENED us. Vote for them or UMNO-BN won’t listen to the Chinese! Think of how we would suffer!!

My father never trusted the MCA. He supported the Opposition. At first, he supported the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) but when it turned corrupt and betrayed the trust of the people of Ipoh, he voted for the DAP. Father was never a member of a political party. He was an ordinary citizen.

 Now, we have MCA’s Chew Mei Fun, who once THREATENED,  BEGGING! “Vote some of us (good apples) in, please, oh please!

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Malaysian Insider

“Chew was once a prominent figure in MCA politics and was appointed deputy women, family and community development minister.
 
She, however, later honoured her promise to quit all her party and ministerial posts after Dr Chua Soi Lek was elected as the new party president two years ago.
 
She had earlier said that if Chua were elected as president, she would quit all her posts.”

Malaysiakini

Spare MCA’s good apples, Mei Fun urges voters
  • Kow Gah Chie
  • 4:56PM Jun 8, 2012

Voters are urged to vote with sense and spare some of MCA’s good apples during the coming general election, said former MCA Wanita chief Chew Mei Fun.

This is because these good apples can act as a check and balance with its BN allies and Pakatan Rakyat, Chew told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.

Chew (right) also opined that rejecting MCA candidates, regardless of their qualities, was a ‘dangerous’ move.

Spare MCA’s good apples, Mei Fun urges voters – Malaysiakini
www.malaysiakini.com/news/200326 – Cached

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IN WHAT SENSE IS REJECTING MCA CANDIDATES A DANGEROUS MOVE?

Does she mean what she meant back in January 2008, a threat against the Chinese if we didn’t vote for MCA?

Chew Mei Fun: Another May 13 if Chinese representation in BN is insufficient

One of the most popular MCA parliamentarians, Ms Chew Mei Fun of Petaling Jaya Utara has made a implicit warning to her Chinese voters on Sunday: ” if there is no sufficient Chinese representation in the Barisan Nasional, it is not a good thing, the Chinese community cannot afford another May 13 incident.“

CMF’s May 13 statement

Is she threatening the voters to vote BN with political violence? Has she breached the Election Offences Act 1954 which criminalizes “undue influence”? You judge.

… of the most popular MCA parliamentarians, Ms Chew Mei Fun … in the Barisan Nasional, it is not a good thing … begins with ABDUL RAHMAN PUTRA just like the little

chinhuatw.wordpress.com/2008/01/22/chewmeifun-another… – Cached

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It looks like the WWW15 plate will haunt MCA to its GE 13 demise!

THE LIOWGATE SCANDAL WIDENS!

NOW, LIOW SAYS THAT HE NEVER MADE A BID!
BLAMES JPJ FOR PUTTING UP HIS NAME!!
CLAIMS HE WAS PUZZLED TO SEE HIS NAME ON THE JPJ LIST!!!

Malaysiakini

Liow insists he never bid, blames RTD for mess
5:57PM Jun 8, 2012

Embattled Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai has put the blame on the Road Transport Department (JPJ) over the mess involving the WWW 15 vehicle registration number.

In an interview with the Malay Mail, the MCA leader said he was only exercising his option as a cabinet minister to obtain one preferred number without charge and did not make the RM24,200 winning bid.

“It’s uncalled for, for the JPJ to put my name up like that as it has raised a lot of questions and put me in a bad light,” he said, adding that he was “puzzled” to find his name on the list.

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Malaysian Insider

Transport minister must explain WWW 15 fiasco, says DAP

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
June 08, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, June 8 — Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha must explain why his MCA colleague Datuk Seri Dr Liow Tiong Lai received the WWW 15 vehicle registration number for free, the DAP has said.

“There are no free numbers unless there is an exemption by the transport minister,” DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said today, referring to Kong.

Transport minister must explain WWW 15 fiasco, says DAP
www
.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/transport… – Cached

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Malaysian Insider

RTD confirms about-turn, will award Liow ‘WWW 15’ for free

June 08, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, June 8 — Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had applied to use the WWW 15 vehicle registration number on his official car, the Road Transport Department (RTD) said today, adding that it had decided earlier to offer it to the minister for RM24,200.

But the RTD said today that it has now decided to award the health minister the WWW 15 number for free, based on his eligibility as a Cabinet member.

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RTD director general Datuk Solah Mat Hassan said in a statement today that the department had received an application from Liow to obtain the number for his official car in a letter dated May 14.

“The WWW series registration number booking evaluation committee then decided to offer Liow the WWW15 at the highest bidding price of RM24,200,” he said, adding that Liow had three options in the matter.

“He could get it for free, pay at the highest offered bidding price, or he could also reject the offer,” said Solah.

Main – Malaysia – Five new senators sworn in @ Fri Jun 08 2012www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/five-new… – Cached

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Harakah Daily

Jun 7: Questions over MCA deputy president Liow Tiong Lai’s RM24,200 bid for the car registration number ‘WWW15’ continued to dominate online social media with a claim that he has been exempted from settling the amount.

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Liow claimed that the number plate was free according to an ‘official notification’ from Road Transport Department (JPJ).

But Liow’s latest remark set off another round of strong reactions from netizens.

“Even the Sultan needs to pay, since when a MCA minister has more privilege than a Sultan?” ran one comment, referring to the Sultans of Johor and Kedah who would be paying RM520,000 and RM220,000 respectively for their numbers of choice.

“Of course it’s free, it’s the people’s money. Tender also can be free, do you still want to tender?” quipped another.

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Is another MCA Minister involved in trying to save the skin of Liow Tiong Lai? Dato’ Seri Kong Cho Ha, the secretary general of MCA, is the current Minister of Transport. Did he interfere?

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Malaysia Chronicle

Thursday, 07 June 2012 11:51

Did Kong Cho Ha step in to ‘help’ MCA colleague, can Liow not know when he has to sign JPJ form

Written by  Wong Chen

Decision to forego came from JPJ or Transport Ministry?

The public demands to know why JPJ would forego the revenue of RM24,200? How will JPJ explain to the other successful bidders of the WWW open tender, including the Sultan of Johor who had to pay in full? This latest development will make the public lose faith in the JPJ open tender system.

We note that JPJ is under the Ministry of Transport. Act 333 or the Road Transport Act empowers the Transport Minister with wide discretionary powers but does not give such powers to the Director General of JPJ.

As such JPJ needs to explain to the public whether the instructions to forego the revenue came from within JPJ or came directly from the Ministry of Transport.

A case of one MCA minister helping out another?

We also note that Dato’ Seri Kong Cho Ha, the secretary general of MCA is the current Minister of Transport. We sincerely hope that this is not a case of one MCA Minister helping another.

Did Kong Cho Ha step in to ‘help’ MCA colleague, can Liow not know when he has to sign JPJ form
Keadilan is astonished by the most recent tweet of the Minister of Health Dato Seri Liow Tiong Lai that states the JPJ h. >

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Free Malaysia Today

Pundits still not betting on MCA

Stanley Koh | June 7, 2012

Despite its money, machinery and media, the party is still seen as having a poor chance of making a comeback in the 13th GE.

COMMENT

The general belief among observers of Malaysian politics is that the MCA will go into the next polls with a practically zero chance of scoring a respectable win in the parliamentary contests within the Klang Valley.

Even seasoned pundits are saying that the die is cast and Barisan Nasional’s second largest party will suffer another electoral blow. One observer expressed his sentiment in the words of an old Chinese saying: “Mu yi cheng zhou.” (The wood is already made into a boat; what is done cannot be undone.)

Party president Dr Chua Soi Lek is not the kind of man who would hope for a divine wind to turn MCA’s ebb into a rising tide. He would rather put his faith in the power of the three Ms: money, machinery and media. His party certainly has plenty of those.

But what good are the three Ms to MCA if it does not have electoral support? That is like being wealthy but dead.

Chua has been heard to boast that he could make the impossible possible—in a tacit reference, perhaps, to his victory in the last MCA presidential election despite the taint of a sex scandal.

Pundits still not betting on MCA | Free Malaysia Todaywww.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2012/06/07

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Sundaily

Guan Eng questions Liow’s free car registration number

Posted on 7 June 2012 – 05:10pm

SEBERANG PERAI (June 7, 2012): DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng is questioning the Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Liow Tiong Lai’s free car registration number while the Sultan of Johor had to pay for his.

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Lim said it was abuse of power if it was true that RTD had given the MCA deputy president an exception.

“(This is) double standard because he (Liow) can get but others can’t” he said and also urged Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha to explain the matter.

Guan Eng questions Liow’s free car registration number

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Malaysiakini

Liow’s free WWW15 may crash JPJ bid system: PKR
  • Hazlan Zakaria
  • 11:47AM Jun 7, 2012

Health Minister’s Liow Tiong Lai’s free ride to the coveted WWW15 plate number bid may lead to the collapse of the Road Transport Department’s (JPJ) so called ‘open tender’ plate number bid system says PKR.

“This latest development will make the public to lose faith in the JPJ open tender system,” claimed the party’s investment and trade committee chairperson Wong Chen (left) today.

He also pointed out that the “free” bid allegedly accorded to Liow saw JPJ losing RM24,200 in revenue to the public coffers which the agency will have account for.

“How will JPJ explain to the other successful bidders of the WWW open tender, including the Sultan of Johor who had to pay in full?” he asked.

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LIOW: I GOT IT FREE! I GOT IT FREE!

WWW15: FREE!!!

Malasyiakini

Liow: I got my number plate free of charge
7:14PM Jun 6, 2012

A day after fumbling over reporters’ queries on the WWW 15 number plate which he had bid for, Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai now says that he did not pay a sen for the prized number.

In a tweet late today, Liow said that he had received word from the Road Transport Department (RTD) that he need not pay the RM24,200 bidding price he had offered, as the number is “free”.

“I have received official notification from RTD that the number plate is free. There is no payment involved. Any further questions, please refer to RTD. Thank you,” he tweeted.

This, however, contradicted a report by China Press today, which quoted the Federal Territory RTD spokesperson as saying that everyone who bids for the plate numbers needs to pay for them.

He said that ministers can request for number plates for free from the Transport Ministry, but this does not apply for ‘hot numbers’ like the one for which Liow had made a bid.

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Malaysia Chronicle

Thursday, 07 June 2012 00:08

FROM BAD TO WORSE: RTD gave me WWW15 for free, says Liow – another BN cover-up?

Written by  Maria Begum, Malaysia Chronicle

In what is widely perceived to be the latest BN cover-up, MCA deputy president Liow Tiong Lai now says the Road Transport Department has notified him that the WWW 15 number plate he successfully bid for would be issued free.

“I have received official notification from the department that the number plate is free. There is no payment involved. Any further questions, please refer to RTD. TQ,” Liow said on his Twitter..

Maria Begum, Malaysia Chronicle | 07 Jun 2012

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Malaysian Insider

Liow must pay for ‘WWW 15’ bid, says RTD

By Ida Lim
June 06, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, June 6 — Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai must pay for the WWW 15 car registration number as the bid was in his name, the Road Transportation Department (RTD) was reported saying today in Sin Chew Daily.

“Although this car plate is used on an official car, but we look at who the bidder is, if the bidder is a ministry, it will be paid by the ministry; if it’s under a personal name, it will be paid by the individual,” an unnamed public relations officer from a Kuala Lumpur RTD branch was quoted as saying by Sin Chew.

Liow must pay for ‘WWW 15’ bid, says RTD

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BACK TO THE WWW15 NUMBER PLATE

The Minister who claims that he doesn’t know who paid for WWW15 is the same Minister who said, NO TEAR GAS. He is No 2 in the MCA hierarchy

“MCA number two Liow Tiong Lai denied that tear gas was fired by the police into the compound of the Tung Shin hospital. Although he was not a witness, the Health minister defied video evidences in defending his claim, even blaming the wind for blowing smoke into the hospital’s direction.”

Malaysia Chronicle

Wednesday, 06 June 2012 07:09

Who paid for Liow’s ‘number 15’? Could it be the same wind which Liow had once blamed for enveloping Tung Shin hospital with tear gas?

-Harakahdaily

Liow ‘not sure’ who paid for his own bidding

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Liow Tiong Lai, the MCA No 2 had  spoken of  Penang’s purchase of PG1 for Lim GUan Eng.

Sundaily

No Penang govt bids for number plates since 2008

Posted on 5 June 2012 – 08:47pm
Last updated on 5 June 2012 – 09:20pm

Bernard Cheah
newsdesk@thesundaily.com

BUTTERWORTH (June 5, 2012): The Pakatan Rakyat-led state government has not bid for any vehicle number plates for their official vehicles since 2008.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the registration number of the state cars, including the PG1 number on his Mercedes were inherited from the previous administration.

“The PG1 car has been used since September 1995, and we are still using the vehicles,” he said in response to comments made by Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Liow Tiong Lai.

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“The PG1 car has been used for 17 years, and it is still being used. Please do not put me at the same level with you (Liow),” Lim said adding that the money could have been used to purchase a low-cost house.

No Penang govt bids for number plates since 2008

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MCA GOES ON THE ATTACK!

Malaysiakini

MCA whips ‘dynastic’ Pakatan
10:45AM Jun 5, 2012

MCA vice-president Chor Chee Heung, Housing and Local Government Minister:

1 PKR’s unelected ketua umum (de facto leader) a la anugerah Tuhan (gift of God) is Anwar Ibrahim, while the president and (a) vice-president are his wife (Dr) Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and daughter Nurul Izzah respectively.

2 DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng is son of senior advisor Lim Kit Siang… Chair(person) Karpal Singh has two sons, Gobind Singh and Jagdeep, who are both elected representatives.

3 Perak DAP chairperson Ngeh Koo has Nga Kor Ming, his cousin, as state DAP secretary Nga Kor Ming.

4 PAS Youth deputy chairperson, Nik Abduh Nik Aziz, is the son of party spiritual advisor, Nik Aziz Nik Mat.

 MCA whips ‘dynastic‘ Pakatan – Malaysiakini
www.malaysiakini.com/news/199936

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Malaysiakini

Azmin strongly advises PKR against dynastic politics
  • Aidila Razak
  • 12:06PM Jun 3, 2012

The fact that Anwar’s wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (right) and daughter Nurul Izzah are helming the presidency and vice presidency respectively, has left them open to harsh criticism over dynastic politics.

In an interview with Malaysiakini last Tuesday, deputy president Azmin Ali, too, had strong words against such practice.

1 Azmin Strongly Advises Pkr Against Dynastic Politics – YouTube

INTERVIEW Born out of one man’s political struggle, 14 years on, PKR still largely revolves around its de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim. pakatan convention …
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuA73aIviOo

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The MCA of today revolves around the MCA Trio: Chua Soi Lek, Lim Yen Yen and Liow Tiong Lai. THE INCOMPETENT TRIO.

Photo from Malaysiakini: Liow, Chua and Yen Yen

Chua Soi Lek has a soiled image, having been caught for adultery.

Ng Yen Yen is infamous for the Cuti Cuti Malaysia Facebook fiasco.

It’s now Liow Tiong Lai’s turn. Dubbed the Minister of Number Plates, he has brought hell onto his own head by acquiring WWW15.

Incidently, ‘bringing HELL on his own head’ is quite an appropriate phrase.

Liow is Minister of Health. Hardly anyone says Health correctly. Health is mangled, and ends up being Hell.

“Here is the Hell Minister,” someone will announce. “We have the Minster of Hell present today,” another person says.

This MCA man who holds the cabinet post of MINISTER OF HELL ( oops! sorry,  I meant to say Health) now finds himself in hell on earth!

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The latest MCA scandal is the WWW15 fiasco.

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Asked who had paid for WWW15, Liow said that he didn’t know, that it was handled by ministry officials. However, a Finance Ministry official said that there is no budget for ministers to submit bids for their official car registration number.

Malaysian Insider

No budget for minister’s car number, says Treasury official

By Lisa J. Ariffin
June 05, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, June 5 — There is no budget allocated for ministers to submit bids for their official car registration number, a Finance Ministry official said yesterday.

“The Treasury has never allocated a budget for ministers to submit bids for a registration number for their official cars,” an unnamed official from the ministry was quoted as saying by Sin Chiew Daily today.

The officer was responding to Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai’s explanation yesterday that his RM24,200 bid for the registration number WWW 15 was for his new official car.

No budget for minister’s car number, says Treasury officialwww.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/nobudget… – Cached

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Malaysiakini

Liow fumbles over number-plate queries
  • Nicholas Wong
  • 2:26PM Jun 5, 2012

Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai was today overwhelmed by a barrage of questions over his RM24,200 bid for the WWW15 vehicle number-plate, which at times left him fumbling for answers.

During a press conference at the MCA headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Liow said he was unsure who had forked out the money, but was certain that his ministry did not foot the bill.

While claiming that he did not place importance on specific digits, he struggled for answers when asked why such large sum of money was spent for the number-plate.

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The WWW saga…..

Does “WWW15” represent the open-ended question “WWW IS … a) a waste of money, b) a waste of time, or c) a foolish purchase?”

Do we smell a scandal brewing?

The Road Transport Department recently released the list of the winning bids and bidders of the WWW series auction held between April 30 and May 14. Also in the list was the Heath Minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who successfully obtained WWW 15 with a bid of RM24,200.

MalaysiaInsider

WWW15 profligacy — The Malaysian Insider

June 04, 2012

The Chinese media reported today that Liow said the ministry needs to replace the current official car, hence the need to bid for the particular registration number. As to who had paid for the number, the report said he replied, “This is official car… is official.”

The minister justified the purchase, saying that every minister is given an official car, including Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, whose official car carries the “PG1” number plate. Isn’t that an old number, Mr Health Minister?

WWW15 profligacy — The Malaysian Insider

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Malaysiakini

Health minister defends bid for WWW15 number-plate

Health minister defends bid for WWW15 number-plate
5:17PM Jun 4, 2012

Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai has defended his RM24,200 bid for the ‘WWW15′ vehicle number-plate, arguing that it is for his new official car since the old one is past its shelf life.

Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai has defended his RM24,200 bid for the ‘WWW15‘ vehicle number-plate, arguing that it is for his new official car since the old one is …

www.malaysiakini.com/news/199894 – Cached

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MCA is losing the support of the Chinese

Malaysian Insider

MCA shrugs off falling Chinese support

By Ida Lim
June 05, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, June 5 — The MCA, the second largest component party in the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, has shrugged off a recent independent survey that indicated falling support among Chinese voters for the prime minister.

The Merdeka Center survey, carried out three weeks after the April 28 rally for electoral reforms, showed that only 37 per cent of Chinese voters are satisfied with Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s leadership, a huge drop from 56 per cent in February.

“I am not dismissing the poll, but you have to read it in light of events,” MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek (picture) said today.

He said the party was not influenced by the survey’s result and will “continue to work.”

Main – MalaysiaMCA shrugs off falling Chinese support www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/mcashrugs… – Cached

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