Yesterday’s debate between MCA president Chua Soi Lek and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng was a disappointment for those who’re looking for a debate entitled “Chinese at a Crossroads – Is a Two-Party System Becoming a Two-Race System?” simply because both debaters had failed to delve into the topic. DAP Lim was said to be stupid to walk into a trap by accepting the challenge for the debate because the place of event, organisers and moderators are all bias towards MCA.
After the debate, obviously it was a trap all right but the reason why DAP Lim accepted the challenge was not because he was idiot enough to walk into a trap but because of the opportunity to reach the Chinese audience nationwide through government-controlled media namely Astro’s AEC and radio 988 channels, free of charge. From the moment the bell rings, it was all havoc when MCA Chua started with what seemed to be a political speech than a debate by smashing and attacking DAP by playing the old trick – scare tactic of an Islamic state with DAP being the latter’s slave.
Actually, Chua Soi Lek has got nothing to lose as he has no government position and can scream and bonk anyone he wishes to especially with the little Chinese supporters left post Mar 2008 general election, not to mention his sex DVD scandal where he was caught with his pants down bonking his “friend” in a hotel room. His job in the debate was to do as much damage as possible to Lim Guan Eng and hopefully the government-controlled racist-media Utusan could use any mistakes from Guan Eng to spin stories. He was an excellent sneaky orator all right but in his attempt to trap Guan Eng, did Soi Lek get his fingers burned instead?
As a start, Guan Eng drove the message that the present government led by Najib Razak is a racist government whereby UMNO takes care of the Malay, MCA the Chinese, MIC the Indians and promotes two-race division through dive-and-rule – the “Malays” and “non-Malays”. Obviously Lim Guan Eng scored a point when he talked about Pakatan Rakyat taking care of only “Malaysians” instead. Sure, it was not really a big secret that Najib’s BN is a racist government but it was a sweet and free publicity for Pakatan Rakat via DAP in sending the message to rural voters, who may be listening to the debate.
Nevertheless, Guan Eng was caught almost off-guard when his query about RM12 billion PKFZ scandal to Soi Lek – why only MCA leaders had been brought to trial while the Umno had been left free – was brilliantly twisted by Soi Lek as a racial statement. From that moment onwards, Guan Eng realized that the whole debate was about to get ugly because it was DAP-Lim Guan Eng bashing session and not a debate after all. So it’s another (open) secret that the trap was about dividing the DAP and PAS along the racial line.
Chua Soi Lek also tried his luck by saying that it is highly unlikely for a 3 year old child (referring to Pakatan’s tenure of rule) to make mistake as opposed to a 63 years adult (referring to MCA’s existence). If the 3 year old child is given another 60 years, the mistakes made is beyond imaginable – Soi Lek further said. Indirectly, the MCA president admitted his party (and Najib government as a whole) mades tons of mistake and this can easily understandable to include corruption. So, it’s another secret that the 63-year-old MCA was working hand in glove with UMNO (or alone) in tons of the corruptions exposed.
At one time, Lim Guan Eng quoted former MCA president Ong Tee Kiat as admitted that UMNO was such a bully that MCA was reduced from a party that took “leftovers” (from UMNO) to one which subsisted only on “crumbs”. Chua Soi Lek smartly responded that for the same reason, Ong Tee Kiat was rejected (of his presidency) from the party. But was that a smart answer considering it also revealed the secret that MCA has indeed been a lap dog of UMNO after all, leftovers or crumbs?
Chua apparently made a mistake without realising it when he tried to relate a story about Kedah Pakatan Rakyat’s ADUN demanded 30% rebate. According to Chua, he was shocked to find such discovery as he thought such practive only happen in BN government (*oops*). This is perhaps the biggest secret and admission that the present Najib administration is corrupt, well, at least you have to get ready a 30% coffee-money, if not more.
The most hilarious part was of course the attempt by the MCA and organiser to suppress DAP supporters when obviously MCA supporters were given the privilege of front rows seating, denying Pakatan Rakyat supporters of chances in raising questions as it would require them to take Air-Asia flight to grab the microphone (*grin*). The climax was reached when Selayang parliamentary coordinator cum Beliawanis Wanita MCA Selangor chief, Jessie Ooi, bitching stupid questions demanded to know why (her?) cars in Penang were being towed after 10:30pm, instantly earned her Ms Tow Truck from netizens.
Needless to say, Jessie Ooi’s facebook attracted thousands of criticisms over her low mentality in raising questions. Either she was pure foolish or she was trying her very best to polish and suck up to her boss Chua Soi Lek hoping to be fielded as candidate in the coming general election. Anyway, this goes to show MCA is out of capital in winning Chinese hearts and this debate revealed such secret to the otherwise uninformed rural voters, not to mention the secret that MCA will always cheat to win. You don’t need to be a scientist to see such cheater when 99% MCA members get to grab the microphone planted to make noises and create hatred towards Lim Guan Eng, not to mention 99% camera was focused on MCA supporters as if they were Tom Cruise and Lady Gaga.
Adding spices to the debate, the moderator, Tan Ah Chai (CEO of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall), successfully made a fool out of himself when not only he failed to allocate fairly the questionaires from the audience, he also revealed the secret that he’s bias and a lap dog of MCA, not to mention how he was shivering being cowed by the MCA supporters seated in the front rows. I bet Auntie Bersih can be a better moderator than Tan Ah Chai miles ahead.
Nevertheless, Lim Guan Eng was smart enough not to play to the scripts written by MCA and ignored mostly irrelevant questions. He was brilliant in making good use of the once in a lifetime opportunity and remaining precious time to drive home the message of Pakatan Rakyat’s political message through the government-controlled free television and radio channel. MCA and UMNO can “syok sendiri” (self-indulgent) for all they want but the fact remains that petty cheating via seat arrangement and uncivilised planted MCA supporters will not earn them any extra Chinese votes. Now, can the citizens expect a real debate between heavyweight PM Najib Razak and de-facto opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim?
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