Battlestar Galactica Republica
The Madam Speaker will make sure that the Selesa (Selangor Legislative Assembly Service Commission) Enactment bill is passed, giving the DUN more power and independence.
Regular commenter moya @ 2013/06/09 at 6:46 pm believes that “HY [Hannah Yeoh] want to be a “Vice President ”, as in US is the Speaker of the Assembly. So, Selangor is making themselves to be a SEMI-REPUBLIC. Be WARY my friends”.
In the USA, the Speaker is:
- the highest-ranking member of the House
- typically the head of the majority party
- he/she sets the House legislative calendar determining when bills will be debated and voted on, as well as
- helps to make sure bills supported by the majority party are passed (Source: http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/uscongress/a/speaker.htm)
DAP is pushing through this bill so that the Selangor state assembly – which it controls – will be independent of the executive in terms of finances and staffing.
Another regular commenter The International Jew @ 2013/06/08 at 11:36 am wrote:
“what’s insidious about this new Legislative Assembly Service Commission is that it will be headed by the Speaker with the Selangor Menteri Besar, the state opposition leader and between 5 and 6 lawmakers.
“think about this. if the DUN is free from the state government’s executive arm, what will happen? or rather, how the DAP will benefit from this law.”
Take Selangor for …
To return briefly to our comparison of the Speaker’s role in the hierarchy, the American Speaker of the House “stands second only to the Vice President of the United States in the line of presidential succession”.
In the USA, the Speaker is No.3 in importance after No.2 (Vice President) and No.1 (The Prez).
The Selangor bill drafted and tabled by the DAP will create a commission headed by the Speaker (chair held by DAP since 2008) along with the Menteri Besar and a few other legislators.
In Selangor, the 67-year-old MB is sick and sleepy. So who do you think will be in charge?
Inside job on Most Powerful Women
The Star rejected Tony Pua’s ad because the copy failed to disclose that it was created by the DAP.
The paper published its ’10 Most Powerful Women in Malaysia’ page5 without any hint that it was not a news item written by its own reporter. Nonetheless, some astute industry observers suspect it was an in-house effort all the same.
More damning, the Star Rosmah page was published without any indication that it was an advertorial – there was no tag nor strapline stating so – and the name of the company that purportedly placed the advertorial was not divulged.
(Remember that The Star claimed its earlier refusal to print the Tony Pua-DAP ad was because the ad creator was unnamed.) But a few days ago, the same paper printed the ’10 Most Powerful Women in Malaysia’ advertorial that similarly failed to comply with the paper’s advertising guidelines.
So what do you think The Sneaky Star is up to?
Star group editor Wong Chun Wai blamed anonymous Indians for the fiasco. It’s clear from whom the Jerusubang newspaper got its sneakiness.
The Star board of directors: MCA’s Tan Sri Fong Chan Onn is chairman of the board. Deputy chairman is Tan Sri Vincent Lee and beside him is Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai. The man with the silver hair is Ho Kay Tat who has left the company and the woman is Datin Linda Ngiam, the media group’s former CEO.
Another member of the Star board is AirAsia’s Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.
A lot of the discussion on the Chinese tsunami has centred on the DAP victory.
It is just as vital to focus on the implications of the MCA defeat.
There are 56 state assembly seats in Selangor. MCA’s presence in the DUN is zero.
Neither has the MCA any Parliamentarians in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur. Effectively, the political clout of the MCA is zero in the Klang Valley that is chockful of Chinese residents who are well-to-do, relative to the rest of the county.
The Star is the media with the biggest reach to an urban audience (and Utusan to the rural audience).
The Star online claims hits numbering up to 46 million page views per month.
The Star media group and its various online apparatus played a role in enabling the urban tsunami to wash away the BN.
The J-Star is also the tail that is wagging the MCA dog.
We saw in GE13 the MCA on self-destruct mode. Not only was the party unable to help itself, it allowed its machinery to freely empower its arch rival.
The J-Star is a clear and present danger to the BN.
The MCA, where their factions are presently fighting among themselves, are incapable of getting a grip.
From the BN point of view, there is nothing in the MCA that is worth salvaging.
In GE14, BN should consider themselves lucky if they can get 5 percent of the Chinese vote. This core 5 percent does not need any further courting because they are the ‘push’ segment (i.e. look askance at the DAP) and not the ‘pull’ segment (i.e. necessary to be wooed with free mega dinners, lucky draws, coupons and vouchers, etc).
Putting aside the 51 percent Chinese Star readers, the paper has still got 25 percent Malay readers and 24 percent Indian readers mostly in the urban areas.
MCA mouthpreach for the DAP
Let’s look at two Selangor urban Parliamentary constituencies — Puchong and Serdang.
Serdang was won by the BN in 2004, 1999 and 1995.
In 2008, Serdang was snatched by DAP Selendang Squader Teo Nie Ching and is now (2013) held by DOCTOR (PhD) Ong Kian Ming, And where Nie Ching donned the tudung, Kian Ming is someone similarly not averse to wearing the Malay songkok if expedient.
Puchong is another former BN seat taken over by the DAP.
Serdang and Puchong were previously BN seats because they’re unlike the 80-90 percent Chinese electorate seats that have always been in the bag for the DAP. Serdang has 39.57 percent Malay voters and Puchong has 39.36 percent Malay voters.
Both Serdang and Puchong are huge constituencies, having 133,139 and 107,010 voters respectively. There is a fair case to be made for the electoral boundaries of Serdang and Puchong to be redrawn in the next delineation exercise. This could potentially double the DAP’s seats from 2 to 4.
Looking beyond The J-Star‘s print circulation, the media group has plans to expand online in a big way. It is the industry leader in all the e-applications and the player that has invested the most capital in digital technology.
It is in this quadrant that BattleStar Galactica will get the youth and it will deliver these young votes to Pakatan. And not to forget that half of the Star audience are non-Chinese (26% Malay, 24% Indian).
The MCA is complicit in all the scissoring that its J-Star is doing, and culpable for all the venomous stabs that the BN has endured from the Gunting dalam Lipatan.
This makes si penyangak MCA the musuh dalam selimut.
That is why The J-Star has been in total denial that the Chinese tsunami ever happened and its lalang chief diligently deflecting the demand by the pro-establishment Malays that Chinese must be accountable for the direction the vote went.
The first step in accountability is making MCA take responsibility.