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March 5, 2008

Malaysiakini not being fair to Chew Mei Fun vs Tony Pua interview

Sorry, Malaysiakini.

Sincerely I feel this Chew Mei Fun has been severely put in a corner in the interview Malaysiakini set up for her and Tony Pua.

I wonder if the questions could have been better framed in a more comprehensive way to include some strong points of Chew Mei Fun – for Tony to respond. Then we as Malaysians can see better for ourselves a more complete SWOT analysis of the candidates.

For you who prefers to get a 360 degree viewpoint, please hear out Chew Mei Fun attempting to articulate her thoughts (in English!) here.

Best to give both candidates voice out their respective strengths and weaknesses.

Too bad we’ve got to pit a woman candidate against a male. Hope all the women candidates get through ok.



  1. woman or no woman, chew was a MP,
    was she allowed (by BN) to speak up for the people in Parliament? or better still to ask, did she dare to break rank from BN? no? the choice is not that difficult rt?

    Comment by lwm — March 5, 2008 @ 2:47 pm

  2. If you say there are strong points of Chew Mei Fun that Tony Pua has to answer then perhaps a chance should be given where some strongs points of Tony Pua that Chew Mei Fun must answer.

    Well, It is like saying you have to plan out the questions that only Chew Mei Fun knows how to answer?

    Now, let me tell you something. That defeats the purpose of an interview.

    An MP has to know her stuff well. That is part of her job. No excuses.

    Comment by Sagaladoola — March 5, 2008 @ 2:54 pm

  3. so what is Chew Mei Fun’s strong point?

    remember that veiled threats about 1969 does not count.

    Comment by Death Note — March 5, 2008 @ 3:18 pm

  4. What are the strong points of Chew Mei Fun?

    Comment by tswern — March 5, 2008 @ 3:18 pm

  5. I think Chew Mei Fun did not do much and things that with great impact. Can you yourself tell us what kind of achievement did she do that had great impact to the chinese? With Victor Gu, I would say, it will be even worst! lol!

    Comment by TrueChinese — March 5, 2008 @ 4:19 pm

  6. I disagree that it was unfair. Chew Mei Fun did it onto herself especially with her response to the NEP question. Please-lah, that was a straightforward question but it required strong conviction. She failed miserably. Also, in this era of gender equality, why are we questioning if it were fair to pit a guy versus a gal? We currently have Hilary Clinton versus Obama; so, what’s wrong with guy versus gal???

    Comment by Concerned Papa — March 5, 2008 @ 4:52 pm

  7. I saw nothing wrong with the questions in the interview. But what I saw was Ms. Chew being very evasive. It certainly looked like she couldn’t make a stand on the issues. She looked like she was looking for umno/mca for the answers.

    Comment by Jim — March 5, 2008 @ 5:36 pm

  8. If the questions were framed the same way both candidates I do not see any fault on the part of Malaysiakini. I believe Chew Mei Fun took protective stance while Tony took that as an opportunity to argue his points strategically.
    So again it boils down to leadership approach and one must no forget Tony’s background as successful founder as CEO of a listed company.

    Comment by Richy — March 5, 2008 @ 5:54 pm

  9. Please elaborate which question had been set up? Since those questions had been refer to both candidates, then its fair to both on same issue.
    What questions would you like to proposed to Chew Mei Fung and Tony instead?

    Comment by tze lim — March 5, 2008 @ 6:00 pm

  10. People, people,

    Do you know the difference of roles and expectations between a front bencher and backbencher in Malaysia Parliament? Go read up first then come back here.

    Next, why not you try to find the questions to accurately find all the SWOT of both candidates? Why should I do the homework for you?

    Kaki Ayam,

    I’ll have to freeze you. Asian values or any civilised training demand that one respect the house owner. And this is my blog. You have just demonstrated how little you respect other people’s rights by the Federal Constitution.

    Comment by bananachinese — March 6, 2008 @ 1:10 am

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    Comment by phuongnana — March 6, 2008 @ 2:00 pm

  12. The questions by M’kini are fair and square. But I think they should upload the full video to prevent any of them being shown out of context.

    But the thing is, IMHO, CMF can’t even answer simple direct questions properly. How do you we expect her to fare well in Parliamentary debates?

    Comment by tswern — March 6, 2008 @ 2:24 pm

  13. I really laugh loudly when I watch this interview. Chew Mei Fun needs a doggie bag to cover her head! Don’t need to check the question asked, just watch how she answered. Gosh already 2 term and can’t even speak competently! How can she represent the rakyat to speak! I think the exit door is just behind her! So sad to see how people vote!

    Comment by BangsaMalaysia — March 8, 2008 @ 12:21 pm

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