MCA joins MIC in Ads to Project its Useful Image to the Communities; Over RM1 Million Spent in the run up to Mar 08; Opposition too poor to Advertise
So to counter the negative images effectively, the MCA and MIC have to resort to the print media ads and at the same time spread the money around for the loyal MSM. The opposition parties are just too poor to afford this luxury of newspaper ads. MIC in particular is facing its greatest challenge with the Hindraf aftermath and especially the continued detention of the leaders and threats of some of those who participated in the rallies.
Meanwhile the MCA president is trying very hard to state that the MCA has not betrayed the Chinese community and appeal for them not to split the votes to the opposition.
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MCA, MIC Counter Attacks With Ads
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Indians, have stepped up their defence as well as attacks on claims that
they have let down their communities. "While the opposition put on a show, MCA worked," said an MCA advertisement in an Englih daily today while MIC's stressed that voting for the opposition is equivalent to a "vote for sweet talk". Transparency International (
The party said 2,300 non-Bumiputera students obtained full Public Service Department (JPA) scholarships to study overseas between 2000 and 2007, a marked increase compared with only 100 students before 2000. "An increase of 2,200 percent in JPA scholarship funds amounting to more than RM1 billion," the party said, stressing its motto of "Working quietly, effectively for results". In the ad, MCA said it was just one of the many areas the party has been
working hard and would continue to do so for the future of all Malaysians in business, education, socio-cultural areas and women's welfare. The opposition, in the election campaigning, accused both MCA and MIC of not fighting for the rights of the non-bumiputeras. MCA's move was emulated by the MIC which has been besieged lately by supporters of the unregistered Hindraf who claimed that the party has not done much to help the Indian community. "Every Indian who has benefited directly or indirectly from MIC is a silent majority and a silent supporter who has assisted MIC to rise and evolve to where it is today. Can anyone come up and say that MIC is irrelevant or redundant," said the ad.
The ad said if the Indian community did not vote for MIC, they would deprive their children the right to preserve and uphold Tamil, Hinduism and the right to seek education.
"Vote for PAS and see where Kelantan is today. That's how your constituency will be for the next five years, If you think that you are not progressing under MIC, then you can now imagine getting disintegrated under PAS," the ad said. Besides monitoring political parties' print media ad expenditures in 18 newspapers daily, TI-Malaysia said in a statement today that it has started to monitor the television ads today. It said under the Election Offences Act 1954 parliamentary candidates were allowed to spend up to RM200,000 and state seat contenders RM100,000. BN candidates can collectively spend up to only RM94.8 million, it said. Of this, 1.11 percent had been spent on print media ads thus far, TI-Malaysia said, adding that candidates from Parti Keadilan Rakyat, DAP and PAS had not taken up any ads so far. "This is the first time that campaign expenses are being monitored. This is a new addition to election process and media monitoring that was started from previous elections and is being performed now," it said.
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Ong Ka Ting Assures An Economic Boom In Kulai
KULAI, Feb 28 (Bernama) -- MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting (ABOVE) has assured the people of Kulai that the parliamentary constituency would experience an economic boom as it came under the Iskandar Development Region (IDR). Ong, who is contesting the seat for the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the March 8 general election, said that if he was elected to be their representative, he would do all in his power to ensure Kulai prospered so that its people, especially the youths, need not go searching for jobs in
"I will also ensure Kulai will be the choice of its youths to build their careers," he told reporters after handing over land titles to 14 residents of Kampung Baru Bukit Batu here today.Also present was his wife Datin Seri Wendy Ong and the BN's candidate for the Bukit Batu state seat, Cheong Chin Liang. Ong, who is also Housing and Local Government Minister, said that apart from spurring economic growth in Kulai, he would also pay extra attention to development of new villages in the constituency, which are mainly resided by the Chinese. Ong, who is in a straight fight against the DAP's Ng Papk Siong for the seat, began his campaign in the constituency today by visiting Kampung Baru Bukit Batu, the Kulai Kemas office and Kampung Baru Saleng. He had been the Member of Parliament for Tanjong Piai for four terms before moving to contest Kulai in this election.
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Chinese Cannot Afford To Be Split In Support For BN, Says MCA
said the Chinese community cannot afford to be split in their support for Barisan Nasional (BN) to ensure the survival of the community in terms of politics, economy, culture and education. He said the support was of particular importance now when the Chinese community faced declining birth rate which in turn has slowed down the population growth. "Don't buy into the lies spread by the opposition as they are only fishing for votes and can only bring damage to the Chinese community," he said in his speech at the party's 59th anniversary celebration at Wisma MCA here today. Ong said the Chinese, which made up about 25 percent of total population in the country, needed to rally their support for BN as it has proven to be the helping hand that made some of them excelled in economic field including globally.
"When we have good achievement, why must you still think that the Chinese has no future in this country," he said. Ong said the Chinese community should strengthen their foundation to ensure that they were in the main stream of politics and in key decision-making process by voting in all the BN candidates.
"The political power provides security to the Chinese in the country," he said. Ong also urged Chinese students who made the grade but did not have enough money to further their studies to get in touch with the MCA headquarters for assistance, stressing that MCA was the guardian of the community in all aspects including culture and education.
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MCA Has Not Betrayed Chinese For Political Gain, Says Ka Ting
PETALING JAYA, Feb 27 (Bernama) -- The MCA, a component of the Barisan Nasional (BN), has neither neglected the needs of the Chinese community nor betrayed it for securing its political position, party president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said Tuesday night. He dismissed as baseless an allegation by the DAP that the MCA had compromised the interests of the Chinese community for the party's political interests. He also said that DAP's labelling of the MCA as a traitor of the Chinese community was intentionally done to woo the Chinese votes in the constituencies the opposition party is contesting in the March 8 general election. "That's the opposition for you. They have a track record of labelling the MCA as traitor of the community to fish for votes, manipulate facts and make wild accusations. I am convinced that the Chinese voters are wise enough to evaluate the actual situation," he told reporters after a series of ceramah (talk) in the Petaling Jaya Utara parliamentary constituency in support of the BN candidate Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun. Incumbent Chew is challenged by Tony Pua Kiam Wee of the DAP in what
political analysts assume to be a tough contest. Chew has been the elected representative there for two terms. Ong said that for example, the MCA had assisted the Chinese community in getting new Chinese schools or relocated Chinese schools in areas with a large Chinese community besides obtaining government scholarships for outstanding Chinese students to pursue further studies.
He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, via the Prime Minister's Special Fund, had channelled allocations totalling almost RM30 million in stages since 2004. "Furthermore, recently the Public Service Department had advertised inChinese newspapers the availability of 2,300 PSD scholarships for
Chinese students," he said. This clearly showed that the MCA championed the rights of the Chinese community in the country in the context of a multiracial community with every need discussed within the government. Earlier, in his ceramah, Ong asked the Chinese voters to support BN candidates.
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MCA sec-gen Ong ka Chuan challenged to open debate over the future of
Lim Kit Siang (ABOVE, at Bagan): I spoke at the Chin Woo Hall on
The MCA plan to bring "prosperity and stopping the economic decline" in the Kinta Valley is a sham because Perak MCA chief Ong Ka Chuan (above) said the same in 2004 and after he lost he never uttered a word about the "prospering Kinta Valley" plan. Now four years latter he has taken the plan out from his cupboard, dusted it and push it to the people.
This a clear election gimmick. Why did he not make the plan work between 2004 and now. Why only wait for the election and announce a plan to hoodwink voters. Thousands of Perak people have to migrate to other states,
When he contests in Batu Gajah in 2004 he said of the same plan. He lost and he forgot about the plan completely.
Now he is contesting in Tanjung Malim and the same plan have come out. If he had contested in Taiping or Teluk Intan he would have come with a similar plan to hoodwink voters.
This is the MCA at its worst, always hoodwinking the people.This hoodwinking has to stop. I challenge Ong Ka Chuan to an open debate within 48 hours on the
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MCA secretary-general and Perak MCA chief Ong Ka Chuan, who was defeated by DAP’s Fong Po Kuan in Batu Gajah in 2004, said the pledges could not be fulfilled because he did not win.
“We lost out. How could we do (anything)? Three parliament seats (
“The principle is that - you won the seat, (therefore) it is your responsibility to carry out your vision, not the person who lost. We don’t have the ability,” he stressed.