Mlalaysian Bloggers - Quest to be MPs & Assemblymen in Coming 12th General Election on 8th March 08; Scandals, Sex, murder & corruption in campaign
ABOVE: Feb 28 08- Jeff Ooi at a ceremah at Bukit Benderah and BELOW: In action, slapping himself for being so stupid. "Ten years ago, I was so stupid! I voted Barisan Nasional - so stupid!" the blogger-cum-politician exclaimed, smacking himself on the cheek
Apart from the 3 more famous Bloggers seeking election into Parliament mentioned in the Reuters report, there are also another two bloggers seeking election into the State
Assembly. If they can capture any seat they would be making history and redeem the name of "bloggers" which have been under attack for sometime now.
Feb 26, 2008
Bloggers test their popularity in M'sia election
: Jeff Ooi will be standing for the P 50 Jelutong seat in
'Everyone of us has a stake in the country's future, but talk is cheap. We now need to walk the walk,' says Mr Jeff Ooi, a well-known blogger contesting a seat in northern
Watch Jeff in Action Video Clip (3min) with Rebuttal from Koh Tsu Koon
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Koh Tsu Koon asking Jeff to visit the factories first
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A BLOGGER HAS GOT TO DO WHAT HE HAS TO DO’ AHIRUDIN ATTAN
BLOGGER Jeff Ooi, 52, may be contesting in his first general election, but he’s far more well-known than more seasoned politicians. MyPaper_080227.jpgIn fact, the opposition Democratic Action Party candidate and former business intelligence analyst is expected to win the Jelutong seat in
my paper spoke to Mr Ooi in
Hi Jeff, 10 days to go to the polls. Any regrets?
No regrets. A man, I mean a blogger, has got to do what he has to do.
You quit Gerakan to join the DAP last year. What made you?
I despise Barisan Nasional’s (BN) race-based politics. Gerakan, a multiracial political party, is endorsing BN’s race-based ideology. I quit as I can’t agree with this. True enough, Gerakan is fielding no non-Chinese candidates in the election.
And the DAP has no problem with that?
No problem, The leadership courted me when I was still with Gerakan. You are a Kedah native contesting in
Should that be an issue?
Not an issue now, As Chia Kwang Chye, Lee Kah Chun and Teng Hock
What is Jelutong like – the people, the issues?
It’s an ageing constituency as only 15.7 per cent of the people are below 35 years old. Jelutong has been punished by BN while it was in opposition hands. It needs to catch up with development and better quality of life. Bread and butter issues reign high. There are strong ill feelings against inequitable distribution of national wealth. Now that the cost of living has gone up, unhappiness is fermenting.
Jelutong strongman and DAP chairman Karpal Singh paved the way for you to contest in Jelutong. What’s the party’s strategy?
Checks and balances to BN. People feel cheated for voting in BN with a 91 per cent majority in 2004.
How do you see yourself stepping into Karpal's shoes?
I am a blogger who speaks good Malay, can bring up people’s agenda in the Parliament that BN candidates can’t and dare not.
If you get into Parliament, what will you be fighting for?
Say no to race-based politics. Legislate to ban race-based political parties.
Will you promote blogging? Will you have time to blog?
I will blog live in the parliament (if elected).
What if you lose the election?
Go back to blogging, and shout outside the Parliament.
Another popular blogger, also running on a DAP ticket, is 34-year-old Tony Pua, a fresh-faced Oxford graduate who started blogging three years ago after setting up a high-tech firm. 'I've had opportunities to migrate but I decided that
Mr Pua, like Mr Ooi, is running from an urban constituency where Internet penetration is highest and opposition sentiment runs stronger than in the countryside. A third blogger, Mr Badrul Hisham Shaharin, said he is struggling to spread his message because of the limited Internet access in the rural Malay majority seat where he is standing. 'I admit that is is difficult because my blog is not accessible here, but I am getting a lot of help from fellow bloggers,' he said by phone from his electorate of Rembau, a sleepy farming district south of
The government said last year it might compel bloggers to register with the authorities to curb the spread of malicious content on the Internet.Government backers doubt whether bloggers turned opposition politicians could make their presence felt.
'Beyond the major cities like Kuala Lumpur and Penang, there's not much the bloggers can really hope to accomplish,' says Mr Mohamad Norza Zakaria, a leader in Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's Umno party (www.umno-online.com) The United Malays National Organisation (Umno) dominates the 14-party Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. Only a fifth of Malaysians have access to the Internet, official data show. There are 10.9 million voters in a nation of 26 million people. Blogger Ooi spoke of the difficult challenge ahead.'Compared to the BN, we are behind on the three M's - money, machinery and media access.' -- REUTERS
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ABOVE: Elizabeth Wong will stand for N37
Sex, murder and corruption in M'sia's election campaign
But, analysts say, most voters are more focused on issues that affect their lives, such as inflation, crime and rising racial and religious tensions. 'Malaysians have a short memory,' said Ms Tricia Yeoh, a senior researcher at the Center for Public Policy Studies, a Malaysian think-tank. 'These scandals may contribute to some people's perception that
Last August, opposition leaders criticised the government for providing a low-interest loan to rescue
The nation's attention shifted in recent weeks to two video scandals. In January, Health Minister Chua Soi Lek, married with three children, resigned amid intense public pressure after DVDs - allegedly made by his political rivals - began circulating in his hometown showing him having sex with his lover in a hotel room. No sooner had that scandal faded, when newspaper front pages turned to a government inquiry into another video, which showed a well-known lawyer apparently talking on the phone to
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