Both Gan Ping Sieu and Saifuddin Abdullah are deputy ministers, the former in the Ministry of Youth and Sport, and the latter in the Ministry of Higher Education.
They share a common ground in being considered the rising stars of their respective parties, and having the reputation as liberal – Saifuddin – and errr, speedy sasuke (?) — Gan.
The reason Gan is deemed relatively young blood is because the majority in his party can trace their membership back to the time of Tun Tan Cheng Lock.
Is MCA confident in Johor?
There is however a marked difference between Umno’s Saifuddin and MCA’s Young Gan.
While we might see Saifuddin still around after GE13, Gan Ping Sieu should start looking for another shady bench to park himself.
If Saifuddin is selected by Umno to recontest Temerloh, he’ll be returning to Parliament when the next legislative assembly convenes. We can’t say the same for Gan.
An MCA vice president, Gan is an appointed senator, having lost his bid for the Mengkibol state seat in 2008.
Gan Ping Sieu’s former Johor seat, where he was Adun in 2004, had 62 percent Chinese voters on the electoral roll and it’s evident that his 2008 loss was due to the Chinese blowback.
The Kluang parliamentary seat – which covers the Mengkibol and Mahkota DUNs – is home to a lower percentage of Chinese voters at 50 percent. The Malay electors in the Kluang parliamentary constituency are 39 percent compared to Mengkibol’s 26 percent.
Even though Kluang is less Chinese-dominated compared to Mengkibol, it’s still not a safe seat for MCA whereas DAP believe they have a good chance to win. The word is that Gan is eyeing Kluang.
Gunting dalam Lipatan
Look at how Guan Eng relishes sticking the knife into the cake which he anticipates to get the largest Chinese share. His Men in Black are wearing the colour of mourning for the MCA’s imminent demise.
Below we can see how our mini North Korean has staked his sovereign claim to Malaysia’s Chinese territory.
‘M’ in MCA stands for MoneyFirst
Although I do not belong to the 85 percent of urban Chinese who will be voting for the opposition, I find it difficult nonetheless to sympathize with the MCA.
MCA remains so money-minded it permits The Star to put profit above all else as well as so cheapskate that the party offered a measly contribution of RM2,000 to each of the eight families of the security forces who were killed in Lahad Datu.
As one commenter asked in this blog, is RM16,000 all that the MCA fat cats could muster between them – there are a total of at least 20 Datuks (and one Tan Sri) in the party presidential council alone – to give to the families of our slain policemen?
Gan Ping Sieu’s name is oftentimes coupled with that of Saifuddin Abdullah in that they are perceived to represent reformists of the next echelon as well as bringing a breath of fresh air and aroma of Starbucks (trendiness) to their staid parties.
Gan’s tweet today (screenshot below) implies that his buddy Saifuddin is the “most popular member of government”.
He may be the most popular Malay Umno politician among the Anak Bangsar crowd but that’s about it and no further. What I hear is that he is unpopular within Umno itself and among the ketua-ketua bahagian.
Popular among the Firsters
Like I said in my previous posting, many Malay bloggers are surprised that Saifuddin is even in Umno. Which explains his popularity, conversely, with the pro-opposition English media — a popularity which Gan shares.
For all the high approval ratings of the duo among the Bangsar Malaysia crowd, one can’t get away from the fact that Saifuddin is in Umno, the party that will assuredly emerge top dog in GE13.
Gan’s party, on the other hand, has promised that if they are unable to better their 2008 standing, they will withdraw from the government.
Gan Ping Sieu wants Allah for Christians
As the MCA Political Education bureau chief, Gan Ping Sieu had declared that the government must lift the kalimah Allah ban on printed Christian publications as the restriction was “an affront to common sense”.
Gan also said, “There should not be different standards for different religions in referring to God as ‘Allah’ as it will confuse Malaysians”.
With Gan taking the above stance, even the Malay pro-Umno voters might no longer be willing to throw him a lifeline.
MCA Political Education bureau chief, wor
How do we rate Gan Ping Sieu’s performance as his party’s Political Education bureau chief?
If Senator Gan is “wow, terribly impressed” and has such warm relationships with The Star reporters, should they not reciprocate his “wow, terribly impressedness” and help him to “politically educate” the paper’s readership of millions?
And if MCA has been successful in imparting political education to The Star‘s millions of readers, then the party has nothing to worry about really when it comes crunch time. For sure these legions of politically educated Star readers can be relied on to cast their vote for the MCA. Heh heh heh.
Gan Ping Sieu looks very much in place draped there over that park bench. All he needs are a book and some grains to feed the birds. A few curvy joggers passing by – so that he can be “wow, terribly impressed” – would complete the cosy post-GE retirement picture (thinks a blog reader of mine).