Malaysiakini’s Rumour- Teng Chang Yeow as Chief Minister – Denied by Koh Tsu Koon who warned of bets on Batu Kawan; Penang DAP & Gerakan Slogan War
ABOVE: The largest DAP rocket (9m high, fabricated by supports from steel drums took 3 days to built)unveiled by DAP Sec General inMak Maiddin, Butterworth and BELOW: Guan Eng at the ceremony
Malaysiakini’s Rumour- Teng Chang Yeow as Chief Minister – Denied by Koh Tsu Koon who warned of bets on Batu Kawan; Penang DAP & Gerakan Slogan War; Keng Yaik wrooried DAP-PKR Pact in Penang
Malaysiakini relying on unreliable sources came out with the bold news (even with an update at ) that “Outsider Teng Chang Yeow will be named as the next
Meanwhile, Dr Koh is really worried as they seems to be heavy bets he would lose th Batu Kawan seat to Prof Ramasamy. If the bets swell he would not stand a chance. He reminded the voters not to be influnced and the Police is coming in to monitor the situation.
And the campaign is intensifying in Penang with changing Chinese slogan appearing by DAP & Gerakan. (Watch the Video Clip)
Opposition wants outgoing Chief Minister to explain investment scandal
Channel News Asia with additional reporting by Jessinta Tan
OPPOSITION parties in Penang are united in questioning the economic status of the island and want the outgoing Chief Minister to explain an investment announced by a multi-national company (MNC) - just after the Feb 24 Nomina-tion Day. They claim that the contract was aimed at bolstering the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition's chances at the March 8 polls and not at helping the state's economy, which they said, is headed south. Blogger and Democratic Action Party (DAP) candidate Jeff Ooi described the deal as "scandalous".
The opposition parties claim that they had seen a letter, which Chief Minister Koh Tsu Koon had allegedly written to the Malaysian Premier last December, urging him to give his go-ahead for the contract, boosting the BN's fortunes at the hustings. They went on to suggest that Dr Koh feared that
Candidates from both the opposition and BN have been going all out to woo voters. While the opposition rallies are all about fiery speeches and anecdotes, the BN's, by contrast are far more elaborate.
One BN rally in Prai saw some 1,000 voters feted with an eight-course dinner and entertained by a getai or stage singer. "I don't think we have the money to do such a thing. And we never have singers like that!" said DAP's Liew Chin Tong. One popular way has been to turn crooners for the night to entertain the audience. The only difference, at DAP rallies, such as the one staged by incumbent Bukit Mertajam representative Chong Eng, plastic containers were passed around as he sang to raise funds to support the party.
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ELECTION 2008: Fight for Chinese vote at fever pitch
THE sharpest battle lines of the 2008 general election are being drawn in the Chinese-majority seats of the country’s urban regions, particularly those contested by Gerakan and MCA. Many seats once regarded as safe bets for the Barisan Nasional are now being termed as ‘hot’ as the opposition has worked up a froth of anti-government discontent.
Concerns over rising prices and the state of the economy, which are fast shaping up into the election's pivotal issue for the urban masses, have fused with a perceived erosion of minority rights into a desire to "punish BN in the March 8 polls". Those words of Penang Chief Minister Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon, whose succession has added fuel to the opposition's fire, were compounded by the observation that the Chinese in the island state had become harder to read.
"All I know is that the unhappy voters want to punish the BN," he said. Although, a BN whitewash is highly unlikely, with Umno contesting 15 of the state's 40 seats, an unusually strong opposition showing could upset the state's carefully weighted racial balance in government. Should the opposition severely undercut the combined number of MCA and Gerakan elected representatives, the state would no longer remain in Chinese hands.
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CM assessing situation before naming his successor
By K. SUTHAKAR, STAR
When asked if Teng Chang Yeow (ABOVE, said he was reading the reports from the papers) or Dr Teng Hock
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Koh Dismisses Rumour Chang Yeow New
BUKIT MERTAJAM, March 2 (Bernama) --
ABOVE: Datuk Teng said he was unaware of newspaper report about Teng Chang Yeow and he read them in the papers. He however confirmed, he was informed last week to be prepare. See Video clip for details
The two others are said to be Gerakan vice-president Datuk Dr Teng Hock
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Don't Gamble On Election Results - Police
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Koh still tight-lipped
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DAP Lim Guan Eng & Police Report against him
MORE pics coming
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Keng Yaik: DAP playing with fire by teaming up with PKR
TELUK INTAN: The DAP is playing with fire by teaming up with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), said Gerakan adviser Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik(ABOVE). “As far as the non-Malay community is concerned, teaming up with the PKR and (PKR adviser) Anwar is worse than teaming up with PAS,” Dr Lim said.
ABOVE: The declaration between DAP-PKR has been sealed in KL and there is no reason why it is not on in Penang to defeat a common enemy, see video Clip with this Video Declaration inserted in Slow MOtion (20% speed)
He said the DAP now wanted to work with Anwar as if he was “god-send” to save
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ELECTION 2008: What moves
A veteran Gerakan politician, who preferred to remain anonymous, said there was an all-out war for the Chinese votes between MCA and Gerakan, on the BN side, and the DAP-led opposition, who are harping on the state's economic and security-related issues. "It is very clear that whoever, be it MCA or Gerakan, manages to convince the Chinese to vote for it, will gain," he said.Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, who is contesting the Batu Kawan parliamentary seat, has admitted that there are pockets of unhappiness in a few areas in the state. He said the loss of these seats might erode non-Malay representation in the state assembly. "We do not want to see a situation where the two seats allocated to MIC are lost to the opposition. This will mean an absence of Indian representation in the state executive council and state assembly," he said. Umno is contesting 15 state seats, Gerakan 13, MCA 10 and MIC 2 in the election.
"It is important for us to have balanced representation in government. If voters help us to preserve the balance, we can function very well as all groups will be almost proportionately represented," he said. Three-term Pengkalan Kota state assemblyman Lee Hack Teik knows it is going to be a tough fight in his constituency of 19,679 voters, of which 94.9 per cent are middle-class Chinese. "The Chinese will agree to support a candidate just to give him face. "But when the candidate turns away, they will do the opposite. That's Penang Chinese for you. "I know because I have been given such treatment before," said the traditional Chinese sinseh. Another three-term MCA candidate, Datuk Lim Gim Soon, said the party's success in defending the state seats was due to strong grassroots support. "We are with them all the time and know just what they want.
But it is different now. The opposition has been saying a lot of things to cloud the minds of the Chinese, so much so that they are in two minds about giving their votes to BN. "That is why we are working extra hard to regain the confidence of Chinese voters," said Lim, who will be defending his Komtar state constituency. State MCA secretary Datuk Lye Siew Weng said the party did not believe in sloganeering like the opposition but preferred to be service-oriented. "Our public complaints bureaus are very effective and the voters normally come to us when they need help," he said
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Watch Video Clip, Extracts Interview with Dr Koh, Datuk Teng & Teng Chang Yeow On CM appointment
plus DAP Lim Guan Eng falso police report
& Slogan War
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Tough battle ahead for Dr Koh
GERAKAN acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon has predicted a “tough and tight” fight against his opponent Dr P. Ramasamy of DAP for the Batu Kawan parliamentary seat. “The constituency is the most challenging one for Gerakan out of the three parliamentary seats which the party won in Penang in the last general election. “I appeal to Barisan Nasional candidates and supporters not to take for granted that we will surely win our seats,” he told newsmen after filing his nomination papers for the constituency at SM Teknik Pulau Pinang in Bukit Mertajam yesterday. Dr Koh, 59, who is
ABOVE : Barisan Nasional garlanded candidates for Batu Kawan parliamentary district (from left) Huan Cheng Guan (Bukit Tambun), L. Krishnan (Perai), Dr Koh (Batu Kawan) and Ng Siew Lai (Bukit Tengah)
“As we are former academicians, I expect the contest to be conducted in a gentlemanly manner,” he said. Dr Koh served as a lecturer and deputy dean of the
Dr Ramasamy said he too hoped for a gentleman’s fight but was worried over Barisan misusing government machinery to secure support.