Chua Soi Lek fighting for his political life
Below is a page (scanned) from the nasty comic titled ‘Lao Tzu vs CSL’ being circulated by the Asal Bukan Umno people.
The Lao Tzu Chinese sage persona is all the more devastating as MCA has been trying to play catch up to the DAP by celebrating Christmas a whole month long in its (MCA) website.
But before we have a further look at the Chua Soi Lek ABU cartoons, there an FMT article today that deserves your attention as it is penned by an insider, i.e. the former head of MCA’s research unit.
‘End days for the Great Survivor?‘ (excerpts in six bullet points below). Stanley Koh writes:
- “They say he [CSL] can now trust only a small circle of supporters.”
- “Chua knows well enough that … he made enough internal enemies to last him a lifetime. And since then he has added to the list ….”
- “Will they sabotage the election just to prove that Chua is an unworthy president?”
- “He has made blunder upon blunder in his public statements […] When not blundering, he would resort to glittering rhetoric about BN’s claimed culture of consensus or, in classic BN style, skim over the issues.”
- “Critics among party insiders privately acknowledge that today’s MCA has neither [an] ideology nor any semblance of unity.”
- “… before the party sinks into political oblivion at the next national polls. It is well known in MCA circles that hordes of members have deserted the party without handing in their resignations.”
All of the above are important points to note.
CSL’s “internal enemy”
In one of my numerous tabulations regarding the trend of news coverage provided by The Star, I had previously found that during the period surveyed (June 2012), Dr Chua was virtually ignored by the newspaper owned by his party — see table.
Even the Malay papers/portals carried more articles on Chua Soi Lek than did The Star according to Google search top results: Sinar Harian (4) and Berita Harian (2) compared with The Star (1).
Anyone monitoring the local media can tell you that Dr Chua does indeed get featured in the English pro-opposition portals. During the period surveyed last June, there were 5 top stories on him respectively in The Malaysian Insider and Malaysiakini.
However, their stories tend to be negative. Recently, TMI ran a series on Dr Chua’s tiff with the pro-Umno bloggers that was damaging to his image in Malay eyes (i.e. traditional BN supporters) who are the voters vital to MCA’s survival.
The biggest, i.e. most viewed, online story about Dr Chua – as revealed by the Google June 2012 search results – was published in Berita Harian.
This is despite that Star Online “had an average reach of 5.412 million unique visitors in Q3 2012″ and “an average pageviews of 44.551 million”.
Please let this fact sink in: The Star Online is capable of registering 44.6 million page views in one quarter (Q3Y2012) and yet the Google search results placed the MCA paper last - see table again – that is to say right at the bottom with regard to media coverage on Dr Chua.
Whereas even small fry like Antara Pos (sorry no offence meant to the Malay portal, just making a relative comparison to the Star Online‘s 5.4 million unique visitors per quarter) was ranked higher in terms of Net surfers accessing their story on Dr Chua.
Unless there is continued sabotage against the embattled MCA president, how else does one account for the inexplicable data?
Alright, now back to the ABU comic which insists that MCA is only “bullshitting” on the hudud issue.
Caricatures scanned from the ABU comic available in Haris Ibrahim’s blog
Dr Chua has been arguing vehemently that hudud is no mere threat. He is however placed on the backfoot when he tries to put forward this idea.
The beleaguered MCA president complains, “DAP had convinced the Chinese community that PAS would never have two-thirds majority in Parliament to be able to push hudud through.”
Ask: What is the DAP’s secret weapon?
(a) The Star paper sells 298,288 copies daily. That’s almost 109 million physical copies of the paper sold in a year.
(b) Star Online notches 44.551 million page views per quarter. That’s more than 178 million page views in the year.
Yet Dr Chua complains that DAP has managed to successfully convince the Chinese community that MCA is only scaremongering on hudud.
He must ask himself this question: With the 109 million copy Star sales and 178 million online page views, how is it that MCA still fails to convey at least some basic and crucial info to the general public regarding these critical issues?
Stanley Koh, the ex-MCA head researcher, highlights the fact that Dr Chua has been talking up “the BN’s claimed culture of consensus”. Do millions of Malaysians – who comprise the reach of the Star Media Group – appreciate the value of the BN culture of consensus in ensuring the stability of the country?
The MCA ostensibly has control of a vast media empire encompassing print, online and e-paper, social media, Internet TV and radio. Yet the party is unable to make a dent on the hardened Chinese public opinion.
With an entire influential media empire at its disposal, the MCA has been unable to communicate to the Chinese public the danger of DAP’s collusion with PAS’s backward agenda. Once more, why is it so?
Now there’s this ABU illustrated booklet delivering another hard body blow to Dr Chua, on the topic of hudud for which the warnings by MCA go unheeded.
Over the last five years, The Star has done diddly squat to air the MCA views with some little conviction on the matter. If it had, Dr Chua would not be suffering his present predicament.
Instead the paper owned by his party has been looking in the opposite direction of the compass, steadfastly orientated to Jerusubang.
This is the reason why all of the MCA publicity campaign has failed to make any impression on the millions of eyeballs that should have been the Chinese party’s potential audience.
Imagine, with The Star having such a huge readership but the MCA boss receiving almost zilch publicity — well, that’s what the June 2012 Google search indicated. In his persoanl capacity, Dr Chua has 15,687 Twitter followers, a mere quarter of the total following The Star‘s favourite evangelista.
It’s thus sadly true what Stanley Koh writes that Chua Soi Lek has too many internal enemies (musuh dalam selimut). And Warta Jerusubang has been providing them the rope to hang him.