PAS’s Tok Gurus have repeatedly stated that the prime minister must be Muslim.
Dr Chua Soi Lek caused a verbal flap when he remarked that Kim Guan Eng must “potong” (berkhatan) should the latter wish to become PM. His comment was predictably highlighted by those media indulging their readers’ favourite pastime of taking potshots at the MCA president.
Harakah was not tardy either to get in a dig by bringing up what the party organ dubs Dr Chua’s “tryst with prostitute“.
The Harakah article quotes the Yang Berhormat of Subang Jaya in its second paragraph as saying:
“‘Is it just me or does anyone else think that was such a crude remark?’ snapped Subang Jaya state assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh.”
It’s perfectly in sync for the PAS paper to be quoting a Christian Taliban who characterized Dr Chua as “crude” (read: “low class”, i.e. Hannah’s favourite word to throw at those disdained by her holy order).
A few months ago at the DAP national confab, Hannah had delivered a similar Christian homily to the party delegates.
Taking her turn at the podium, she preached against adulterers that are the “politicians from BN”.
0:51: “Politicians who value families, marriages, their spouse, will legislate with that in mind and govern like a caring government. We must never be like politicians from BN. Some of them, you know, have belittled the institution of marriage and even caused public humility [sic] to their spouse because of adultery.”
We’ve seen many instances of double standard from Hannah.
So be prepared to see another piece of double standard from Hannah on adulterers as well.
Below is a screenshot of the Lowyat forum discussion on Dr Chua’s “crude remark”. One commenter wrote that the MCA president is “a loser try[ing] to get some attention”. Note his avatar — it’s the self-portrait of a typical DAPster.
Swaying the multitudes
As you may be aware, Hannah Yeoh has many, many, many opposition supporters following her on Twitter.
One of the Yeopies responded to her tweet (that was quoted by Harakah). The fella Simon S.C. Lim tweeted that crude remarks are only to be “expected from Malaysian politicians from both sides of the political divide”.
Hannah replied saying:
“disagree with u on that, I definitely have higher expectation of a party president and senior politician”.
Now note her words, yah. She disagrees that Pakatan politicians are like BN politicians. (Oh no, Pakatan pollies are saints. It is only the BN-ers who sin.)
And she has “higher expectations” of senior politicians, especially ones who hold the position of party president.
Therefore, the same standard must apply to the secretary-general of DAP whose position is party chief as well.
Hail the hallelujah salesmen
Why is it that Hannah commands such a huge Twitter following? Part of the reason is the ‘agenda setting’ (more on this in next posting — updated, read here) by the opposition media.
The trick is to get your name in all the various media — that’s why Kim Guan Eng and Hannah Yeoh hire so many ‘special officers’ to canvass the pressmen. Today, for example, Hannah is in the Malay Mail.
Her name can even be plastered across the police pondok — a remarkable feat (photo).
The publicity blitz is fuelled when Malaysiakini carries a live feed of Hannah’s tweets and categorizes her as a national ‘newsmaker’.
Another opposition media, The Star, has devoted several articles already to promote Hannah’s Twitter activities.
Reporters from Selangorkini, Malaysiakini and The Star feature constantly in her Twitter conversation threads and even some Star editors are her fans.
Charting Christian growth, and Muslims too
In late September 2011, Hannah Yeoh had about 30,000 Twitter followers. The number had risen to almost 38,000 in late December and by early February 2012, it was 40,000. A month later in March, her Twitter followers reached 42,000 and grew steadily to 44,000 over the following month. Currently it is close to 46,000.
Averagely, Hannah acquires 2,000-2,500 new Twitter followers each month. Besides the Christian crowd, they include young, urban Malays — her ‘Occupy Masjid’ campaign seems to have paid dividends.
This rapid expansion exemplifies the savvy marketing techniques carried out by DAP, such as their gimmick featuring the hornbill mascot. The Jom Ubah cuddly toy is a sales item at the DAP online store and reportedly a popular hit.
The party has even cut an album, recording the Ubah soundtrack in Mandarin and Malay with music video to boot. DAPSY chief Anthony Loke said that their sales pitch through songs was intended to “project a young image and target young voters”.
Alas, the MCA – despite being heckled as Umno’s whore – is no match in the art of selling its politicians. In fact, poor MCA is no better than an old cuckold as their own newspaper is surreptitiously selling the DAP darlings.