MCA national organizing secretary Tee Siew Kiong released a press statement yesterday with regard to the description by Lim Guan Eng of Malacca MCA chairman Gan Tian Loo as “uneducated”.
The statement by Tee was not carried by The Star (at the time of writing/update 11am: still not carried). It is however published in The Malaysian Mirror, Malaysia Chronicle and other media.
He also described Gan’s character – should the Duyong assemblyman fail to repeat his allegation outside the Dewan – to be as follows:
(i) Gan shows himself “a coward” who is unfit to be a leader
(ii) unfit to be a wakil rakyat
(iii) unworthy to be a husband and father because having no qualms in trying to destroy Lim Guan Eng’s political career and “family’s happiness”
(iv) an “Umno lackey” who plays “gutter politics”
The sum total of Lim Guan Eng’s descriptions above, in addition to his calling Gan Tian Loo “uneducated” as reported in the Chinese papers, paints a very black picture of the MCA assemblyman.
Meanwhile DAP Socialist Youth (DAPsy) chief Anthony Loke held Gan to be “a liar and a low-class politician” should the latter fail to repeat his allegations outside the Dewan. In name-calling a Barisan politician “low class”, Loke is merely taking a leaf from his ‘illustrious’ DAP 2.0 counterpart Hannah Yeoh.
Among the English-speaking segment of the population, i.e. those who read The Star, Gan Tian Loo will not be considered a “winnable candidate” if the DAPsy chief and the DAP sec-gen’s damning appraisal are to be believed.
Although MCA national organizing secretary Tee Siew Kiong had come to Gan’s defence, The Star failed to carry his statement.
Incidentally, Tee had made 5 press statements in English and 4 in Chinese over the course of the past month but only one was quoted in The Star.
Chua Soi Lek must ponder if there is any hidden or ulterior motive behind this lackadaisical attitude to his party that is so apparent in the paper.
“Immoral BN and Umno politicians”
Lim Guan Eng brought up an ancillary issue in his recent press statements of 4 & 5 July (reproduced here).
He again took to task the Umno Online website and other pro-Umno blogs for the allegations made against his son in October 2011 (see Lim Guan Eng’s earlier statement castigating pro-Umno bloggers).
Lim Guan Eng states that the bloggers had:
(a) carried out “character assassination” against himself and his son
(b) attempted to “destroy [his] son”
(c) tried to “sabotage [his] political career”
(c) directed a “smear campaign” against him and his family
(d) played “the dirtiest politics to try to topple democratically elected leaders”
He claims that his son is proven innocent but yet no action has been taken by police against the accusers.
According to Lim Guan Eng, his son had endured the worst “trauma” due to the ordeal.
- “repeating the lies that I had a secret relationship”
- “spread vicious lies against my family and me”
- “these lies are [now being] hurled against me by BN and MCA leaders directly”
- “such lies in the internet”
- “sue those who spread such lies“
- “Gan Tian Loo … hurl such despicable lies against my wife”
- Chua and MCA should prove his courage and political morals by repeating the lies … so that both of us can sue him and MCA in court for defamation”
- “My children deserves protection from such lies“
- “[Umno-linked perpetrators] spread lies that my 15 year son …”
From all that Lim Guan Eng is saying, members of the public must surely come to the inevitable conclusion that BN and their supporters are congenital liars.
Chua’s “pornographic video tape”
Apart from calling BN and Umno politicians “immoral” who allegedly want to sabotage his political career, Lim Guan Eng in his July 4 press statement added that Chua Soi Lek was guilty of a “private moral scandal” when the latter was caught in “a pornographic video tape having an extra-marital affair with another woman”.
In the second press statement the following day, Lim Guan Eng repeated the fact about Chua “being caught in a pornographic video tape with a woman who is not his wife”.
It is quite in character for certain DAP leaders to divert the issue to topic B when the question relates to topic A. The issue touched on by the MCA assemblyman when posing his question to Betty Chew in the Dewan was nothing to do with the sexual morality of pornography. Thus Chua Soi Lek is of no relevance to the discussion.
Gan Tian Loo had specifically asked if Betty Chew played any role in the departure of a qualified staff in the Chief Minister’s Office.
Betty Chew is an elected state assemblyman with the status of Yang Berhormat. She was asked by her fellow YB to clarify whether she had exerted undue pressure on an office bearer (i.e. the Chief Minister of Penang) to order an abrupt transfer that breaches normal protocol.
Thus MCA national organizing secretary Tee Siew Kiong is quite correct to point out that “Guan Eng must be careful and not simply insult the [MCA] elected representatives of the people who are only seeking the truth”.
Tee presents a valid viewpoint. This pertinent point of view is clearly missing in The Star‘s coverage thus far of the Malacca state assembly episode.
Since The Star appears disinterested in Tee Siew Kiong’s pressing for the truth, might one venture to ask what (or more precisely who) it is that the paper really cares about?
MCA is certainly hemorrhaging support among Chinese voters but at the same time the party must also be bleeding profusely in the back too.