Is the MCA Political Education bureau still operational?
We know that the DAP Political Education bureau is active. It is headed by the high profile Liew Chin Tong, MP for Bukit Bendera, Penang.
The GE13 speculation is that Liew will be transferred to Johor, either to contest Kluang or Kulai.
DAP is quite, quite determined to wipe out MCA in the latter’s last bastion. Like Guan Eng has said before regarding his aspiration for Penang — DAP desires “zero opposition” as well as to give ’em (MCA, Gerakan) duck’s egg.
As we can see from the table below, MCA has almost half of its current Parliament seats in Johor. Furthermore, 9 out of the 15 MCA Parliament seats have more Malay than Chinese voters.
The DAP Political Education bureau chief had earlier made the bold and excessively optimistic prediction that
“If Pakatan Rakyat gets the support of 35 per cent Malay, 80 per cent Chinese and 50 per cent Indian voters in Johor, 20 parliamentary seats will fall like dominoes. Hence, Pakatan may gain the much-needed 112-seat threshold to form the next federal government with just seats from Peninsula Malaysia.” — ‘The dominoes in Johor‘ (TMI, 31 Jan 2013)
Let’s use the Liew Chin Tong formula on Kluang, the seat that he’s rumoured to be slated for.
According to the DAP calculations, the Pakatan candidate will win Kluang if he can manage to obtain 70 percent of the Chinese votes, 30 percent of the Malay votes and 50 percent of the Indian votes — see below.
The incumbent Kluang MP is MCA’s Hou Kok Chung, the Deputy Minister of Higher Education.
However, Deputy Youth and Sport Minister Gan Ping Sieu is also said to be eyeing the seat as well. Gan, who is an MCA vice president, did a walkabout yesterday in the area (see tweet, screenshot below).
Senator Gan gave out flowers to the wow-ed and “terribly impressed” women at the pasar awam Kluang. He is blessed and privileged to have the means to appreciate the beautiful things in life … such as pink roses. You can see a picture of them below.
Never mind that the DAP politicians and political operatives are vicious and brutal but when an MCA vice prez is privileged to sit on a park bench under a shady tree – where one can hear the sound of birds chirping – you must excuse him for waxing lyrical on a Sunday morning (see 2 Dec 2012 tweet).
FFC, a reader of this blog, commented a couple of days ago:
“So I’m just wondering what are the objectives of MCA’s Political Education Bureau? I tried googling it but can’t seem to find anything relevant. I can only surmise that they’re out to educate the masses on the ins and outs of politics if I take the Bureau’s official title at face value. In fact I read the party’s constitution & can’t find it mentioned anywhere.”
The MCA Political Education bureau was under the charge of Gan Ping Sieu the last anyone heard but that was some while back.
Does not the newspaper which belongs to Gan’s party care to give any publicity to the MCA Political Education Bureau? As it is, we’re not even sure if the bureau is still in existence.
The Foreign Correspondents Club of Malaysia describes Gan Ping Sieu as a “rising star” who has been “a voice for reform in Najib Razak’s government since being appointed deputy youth and sports minister in 2010, calling for changes to laws regulating student participation in politics and a more liberal media space”.
It’s strange that The Star has not given any media space to such a rising star as Gan who has held “constructive dialogue with women’s groups” and feels it to be his duty to get shopping malls to reserve parking zones for women.
Stranger still when one considers that Gan is the vice president in the party that is the owner of the Star Media Group.
And strangest of all, in view of the Star Media Group’s reach of 5.63 million adults, is the fact that the MCA Political Education bureau has not been reported by the paper in any significant way at all whereas even Hannah Yeoh’s personal assistant Rajiv Rishyakaran is given greater coverage (Google search results below).
While Liew Chin Tong is obviously over-reaching in his claim that “20 parliamentary seats in Johor will fall like dominoes”, he’s probably correct at least to declare that whatever are left of the MCA seats in the country will fall like dominoes.
In which case, Senator Gan needn’t then wait till Sunday to go find the best spot in the park. He’ll have the rest of the mornings of the week free. Perhaps the rest of the MCA YBs might wanna join him there for a picnic.