Tuesday, March 30, 2010


One correct and one wrong. That is how my predictions work. Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek has been elected as new MCA president together with Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai as his deputy. Surprisingly, I get all my three guessing correct for 4 vice president posts. I am quite sure that Datuk Seri Dr. Ng Yen Yen will win the election. However for Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai and Datuk Chor Chee Heung, basically it is just my guessing game. My logic behind is that both of them are more famous compared to the others. Seriously, among 10 of the contenders, I have only heard the names of four contenders. Other than the 3 winners, another contender that I have heard before is Datuk Yap Pian Hon. Maybe is because he was Serdang MP where UKM is located. Anyway, I don’t think that his chance of winning is high. In politics or whatever organization, when your time is over, it means that you have reached the end. I feel that this is what happened to him. He might be a big name last time, but not now anymore. The fourth winner for the vice presidency is Gan Ping Sieu. Frankly, I never heard about his name before. Same goes to the former vice president (a senator, but not sure whether he is still a senator now) before Central Committee (CC) was dissolved. Maybe it is my personal problem because lacking of knowledge and information. It is also possible that MCA is now lacking of famous and popular leaders. That is why I don’t know about them. For the 25 CC posts, candidates that win are from all 3 fractions. This outcome shows that none of the fraction can absolutely dominate CC. The most eager question that comes out from most of the people will be: can Chua and Liow work together since Ong and Chua can’t work together before this. Frankly, I am a bit pessimistic about this unless Liow is accorded with what a usual deputy president should get such as a ministerial post, MCA chief for a particular state etc.

*quoted from The Star:
The former MCA deputy president polled 901 votes. His nearest challenger was Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting, who received 833 votes while incumbent party president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat garnered 578 votes.

Deputy: In the straight fight for the deputy presidency, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai won over Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha. Liow received 1,171 votes to Kong’s 1,106 votes.

Vice-presidents: Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen (1528 votes), Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai (1469), Datuk Chor Chee Heung (1202) and Gan Ping Sieu (1202).

Central Committee Members
1. Lee Chee Leong - 1,430
2. Hou Kok Chung - 1,312
3. Heng Seai Kie - 1,267
4. Wee Jeck Seng - 1,175
5. Toh Chin Yaw - 1,142
6. Tee Siew Kiong - 1,141
7. Gan Tian Loo - 1,117
8. Tan Chai Ho - 1,114
9. Ong Ka Chuan - 1,104
10. Lee Wei Kiat - 1,100
11. Loh Seng Kok - 1,086
12. Hoh Khai Mun - 1,077
13. Liew Yuen Keong - 1,059
14. Tan Cheng Liang - 1,054
15. Koh Nai Kwong - 1,040
16. Por Choo Chor - 1,037
17. Tan Ken Ten - 999
18. Kong Sing Chu - 981
19. Chong Itt Chew - 975
20. Yoo Wei How - 974
21. Tan Ah Eng - 969
22. Wong Koon Mun - 953
23. Ti Lian Ker - 929
24. Teh Kim Poo - 864
25. Chuah Poh Khiang - 851

Sunday, March 28, 2010


It is a very interesting party election with very small margin I guess. For the presidential post, 3 candidates are vying for that. They are incumbent president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, former president Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting and former deputy president Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek. This is a very competitive competition. 3 of them don’t really have majority support. Since it is a 3 corners fight, it will depend on who gets the most votes.

Ong Tee Keat might have the support from a lot of ordinary Chinese community for PKFZ issue. He has been viewed as a hero who dares to fight against big powers and fight against corruption. However, he might not be as popular as he is among MCA delegates. MCA delegates are elected among the top leaders or those who have great influences in that division. Usually, this group of delegates might have personal interests in the outcome of the result. Those who win the election might determine the fate of certain group of people. Ong Tee Keat at the same time is seemed to be a person who doesn’t know how to carry out himself (Chinese saying of “Bu Hui Zhuo Ren” and “Dang Ren Cai Lu”). This might not favour a significant number of voters.

Chua Soi Lek on the other hand might have the number of support. This can be seen through how he pushed for EGM last time. He was able to garner about 800 signatures to push for that EGM. If the delegates are not pro-Chua Soi Lek, they might not dare to sign it. Their name will be known public. My friend told me that the signatures might include those who anti-Ong Tee Keat. However, personally I don’t view that as a main concern. I don’t feel that the number is that big. Furthermore, those who anti-Ong Tee Keat have no choice but to vote for either Chua Soi Lek or Ong Ka Ting. Mathematically, only portions of the signature are anti-Ong Tee Keat. From that particular group, only another portion will vote for Ong Ka Ting. That is why I don’t see that as a big problem.

For Ong Ka Ting, a loyal veteran said before, his fraction is going to split MCA even more. It is the first time such a former president re-stands for a party election. I don’t really see he has lots of influence when he was the president. Furthermore, he is lucky to get that post because of MCA crisis between fraction A (led by Tun Ling Liong Sik) and fraction B (led by Tan Sri Lim Ah Lek). Personally, I don’t really see him to have lots of support in this election.

In a nutshell, personally I guess that Chua Soi Lek will win this MCA election. This guess might not be accurate since the election is so competitive. For deputy president post, 2 candidates who fight for the post are former vice presidents Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Dato’ Seri Kong Cho Ha. Liow Tiong Lai is aligned with Ong Ka Ting while Kong Cho Ha is the running mate for Chua Soi Lek. Other than personality will determine their fate, their partnership with presidency candidate will affect their winning too. Liow Tiong Lai seems to be more famous than Kong Cho Ha. However, his action of forcing Ong Tee Keat to comes down as president has been viewed as a traitor’s action. This might affect his chances of winning. Kong Cho Ha might not have big issue to help or make him loses the votes. Basically for me, it is more to whether people still wants a leader like Liow Tiong Lai and the effect of their running mate. I guess Kong Cho Ha will be the victor.

Saturday, March 20, 2010


Unexpectedly, I get an award from my college dinner, Anugerah Felo Kategori Akademik. When the emcee announced my name, I was eating watermelon. Quickly stop eating that and wipe my mouth. Proceed to the stage. I don’t know why, 1 of the buttons at my blazer can’t be buttoned up. Haha... I have only about 30 seconds to button up on the way to the stage. The TNC still recognised me. He did ask whether I am a MPP or not. Don’t really know how to answer that because he saw me during the MPP workshop. Long story to tell actually. So I can only tell him that I am not. That’s all. Back to my feeling, seriously, don’t know how to describe it. Even the excitement can’t be compared when I get dean’s list or best PNGK during my first year. Maybe because I am not that active in college level, so didn’t really put much hope on that although I sensed that I might get something that day before. Maybe because my involvement in UKM level’s activities, it does help me to get that award I think. Anyway, I can only say that my feeling during that time is surprise, unexpected, happy, proud etc.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


There are 2 more tournaments before I become ineligible to participate in debate as an undergraduate student. But I am not sure whether I am going for both UKM IV and UADC or not. So MDO might be one of my last tournaments. Teaming up with John and Qian Yi is a nice experience. We have the same thinking, the same “channel” and the same “head”. Most of the motions that we rank are similar. Furthermore, 3 of us are quite satisfied with the team line-up. I can count on John to give a good first speaker speech as he has flair and language. I can also count on Qian Yi to get her second point herself in the last minute just like what Darryl did. Furthermore, none of us can really dominate the whole team as each of us has our own speciality. I might know some topics that they don’t know and vice versa. It is like a complement team. Although we almost lost our hope to break when we knew that we lost in our silent round, however, surprisingly we are still able to break as 16th team. This means that we have to go against the 1st rank team, IIUM 1. Anyway, I think we did our octo-final reasonable well (I mean for our level and the opponent that we faced). Thanks to both my teammate for giving me such a memorable tournament and am very satisfy with the whole MDO that we had gone through. And also thanks to UKM contingent for the fun that we get together. In this tournament only I realise that we should pass the responsibility of getting DCA to Yit (hahaha..... only 8 people understand this). Yan is such a sarcastic person; Thiru can be so interesting in creating jokes (especially the helmet story). Not to mention Pau and Alex who I already know for about 2 years. Pau can really show relax and serious personality depends on the situation while Alex as usual, a calm senior. It is too long to read already I think. Better stop now. Lastly, GOODLUCK TO UKM ENGLISH DEBATE TEAM.