FEB 9 — Former MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat has recently brought up again the DVD scandal involving current party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
Dr Chua responded by saying that there should be no quarrel during the Chinese New Year as harmony in the family is the basis for success in any undertaking.
However, how many politicians can actually do that? Politics is a year-round activity and politicians will never shut their mouths even during Chinese New Year.
The MCA will hold an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) in the near future to debate and vote on a motion to postpone the next party election. During last year’s party election, although Dr Chua was elected the president, he received only 39 per cent of the votes.
If the motion to postpone the party election is not passed at the impending EGM, it will mean that the central delegates are casting a no-confidence vote against the current leadership.
Since the matter is so critical and urgent, some party leaders and members have started their lobbying for or against the motion, using the Chinese New Year celebration to promote their cause among party members and supporters.
Meanwhile in Penang, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng attended the state BN Chinese New Year open house out of courtesy, but was unceremoniously ambushed and admonished by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and state BN chairman Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.
As the next general election is expected to be held soon, it is understandable that politicians need to make full use of time and opportunities and they must be psychologically prepared to be scolded. Somehow, they still need to at least stop making too much of noise during the Chinese New Year.
A group led by Pakatan Rakyat leaders gathered in front of the United States’ embassy on the second day of the Chinese New Year in support of Egyptians demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. The Gerakan Youth has accused the Pakatan Rakyat leaders of not respecting Chinese festivals, but it was actually the pot calling the kettle black.
Politicians have made the Year of the Rabbit different from the previous years. There are wars of words and Chinese New Year open houses full of political overtones as politicians no longer say Gong Xi Fa Cai but1 Malaysia during the events. Their body languages also tell the people to “Please vote for me”.
The Chinese New Year had also been fully utilised by the DAP in its Tenang by-election campaign. Its advertisement told voters who were working away from home to return for the Chinese New Year, and to replace old stuff with the new ones when giving the house a thorough cleaning. In other words, it was asking them to return and vote for the PAS candidate.
As a preparation for the the Merlimau by-election, the MCA has held many Chinese New Year open houses in local residential and rural areas. Local Chinese community leaders also took the opportunity during the visit of the Malacca Chief Minister to make assistance requests. They have indeed fully played the harmonious spirit of mutual help.
In addition, the national-level Chinese New Year open house was held in Miri, Sarawak, this year as the Sarawak state election is expected to be held in June. Miri is the second largest city of Sarawak with 55 per cent Chinese in its population. The open house had attracted about 20,000 people and was indeed a very good publicity for the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP).
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had met with 62 Sarawak state assembly members during the Chinese New Year to understand the odd of Sarawak BN, while Pakatan Rakyat leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim also met with Sarawak PKR leaders in Kuching.
Politicians have been busy in this Chinese New Year as they have to attend many open houses, visit a tourist who was hospitalised after a water scooter rammed into her, and rush to Sabah to handle the withdrawal of the state PKR chief.
The Year of the Rabbit is an election year and it is bound to be a different new year. — mysinchew.com
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