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September 22, 2009

The battle for MCA Reform #2 Who is Tee Siew Kiong?

1. Personal dislike: Ain’t no fan of Oriental Daily News:

11 July, 2005: A MCA Johor leader barred the distribution of Oriental Daily News and allegedly threatened to throw copies of the Chinese-language newspaper into a dustbin during the state wing’s convention on Saturday.

Fifteen minutes later, state secretary Tee Siew Kiong had a change of heart.

In a report on the incident, Oriental Daily News said Tee had prevented its staff from distributing the newspaper at the convention hall and car park.

He then allegedly warned that he would throw the copies into the trash if they were not removed from the front entrance.

According to the daily, which is known for ruffling feathers in MCA with its scathing articles, he also lodged a police report on the matter.

When quizzed by its staff, Tee had told them that the directive came from MCA Johor committee chairperson and Health Minister Dr Chua Soi Lek (photo).

He claimed that Oriental Daily News, unlike other Chinese-language newspapers, had not informed him about distributing its publication at the venue.

However, Tee later relented and allowed the newspaper’s staff to continue distributing the copies.

He was also quoted as telling them “Let’s be good to each other”.

‘They were rude’

Contacted today, Tee denied that the daily was barred because of its hard-hitting reports.

“This happened two days ago, I don’t want to talk about it…We did not ban Oriental Daily for its reports, it is just because that they did not tell us beforehand about wanting to distribute the newspapers,” he said.

“When I asked, the staff also could not answer. They were rude and did not know how to respect the organiser.”

However, a party insider had a different version.

According to him, Chua – a staunch supporter of former MCA president Dr Ling Liong Sik (photo) – was unhappy with one of the daily’s reports which had accused the latter of meddling in the party’s upcoming polls.

In a related development, it is said that, while current president Ong Ka Ting is looking forward to state leaders openly pledging support for him to fend off challenger Chua Jui Meng, the response from Johor has been dismal.

The state convention only had banners supporting Soi Lek in his candidacy for a vice-president’s post.

Although Ong (photo) had started his political career in Johor, the state is now considered under the control of Soi Lek.

Source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/37807

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2. Career: The Secretary and an Assemblyman

31 March 2008:

Ong Ka Ting announced the new line-up for Johor MCA and Chua Soi Lek’s name is not in it. Apart from Chua, his allies have been changed, including YB Datuk Tee Siew Kiong and Low Teh Hian.

Tee and Low are loyal supporters of Chua and what Ong has announced has been seen as to sideline Chua’s cronies.

Source: http://drchua9.blogspot.com/2008/03/blog-post_3296.html

Note:

Tee Siew Kiong was political secretary of Dato’ Sri Dr. Chua Soi Lek before the energetic doctor resigned as Health Minister following the disclosure of Chua’s scandalous dvd sex video.

At the 12th GE, Tee was elected as a state assemblyman of Pulai Sebatang.

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3. Moral stand?

Tee advised students against indulging in immoral activities…

11 November 2008:

Talk show on social evils to guide youth

THE Federation of Chinese Youth Associations and the Pontian Eng Choon Association jointly organised a talk show on social ills at the Pei Chun Chinese Secondary School in Pontian recently.

The talk focused on five main social ills — snatch thefts, drug abuse, prostitution, illegal entertainment outlets and illegal video game outlets.

Organising chairman Tey Chee Kiong said it was important to get rid of the social ills to ensure a peaceful life for all families.

“The current education system lacks counselling and sex education.

“This year, many cases were highlighted in newspapers on students engaging in immoral activities. Some of these were even circulated through handphones.

“This indicates that many students lack the ability to tell what is morally right and wrong,” he said.

Pulai Sebatang assemblyman Tee Siew Kiong advised students to be disciplined and stay away from negative elements. He urged them to tap their potential to do useful things in life.

Tee donated RM3,000 to the federation for future activities.

Source: http://www1.nst.com.my/Current_News/JohorBuzz/Wednesday/Stories/2398254/Article/

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4. Business: The savvy property investor

Mr Tee Siew Kiong and wife apparently are savvy property investors.

They got cash of of RM2,710,000 to buy this property (see Bursa Malaysia announcement link here). Not bad show of chinese thrift and savvy in property investment…

The pair also engages in more interesting deals apparently.

According to the blog MOH Land Scam, both husband and wife (via proxy through one of the directors and shareholder Phua Tai Kiang the brother-in-law of Tee Siew Keong) also got the savviness to make a biggie deal via Kurnia Heights Sdn Bhd to signed a sale & purchase from the original owners, Lee family of Maha Global Sdn. Bhd. for a sum of RM8 million plus, as revealed from the documents which shown a redemption sum of approximately RM4.065 million to be paid to the chargee bank, RHB Bank Bhd, and approximately RM3.048 million to be paid to Maha Global Sdn. Bhd. with the usual upfront deposit. The said land was subsequently sold to the Government for an astonishing sum of RM29 million.

Maha Global Sdn. Bhd can thus be alleged to have made a clean profit of RM19 million, according to the envious blogger.

Source: http://mohlandscam.blogspot.com/2009/03/excerpts-of-report-to-macc.html

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5. Advocacy: Active member of project “Saint” and “Morally Tainted since 2008-ongoing:

19 October, 2008:

…at least seven of the 25 elected MCA Central Committee (CC) members are said to be staunch supporters of Dr Chua.

Dr Chua’s CC “supporters” are said to be led by his former political secretary, Tee Siew Kiong. Although at present there are only seven Dr Chua’s “supporters” in the CC, Yap pointed out that in politics, chances of other CC members “shifting” camp were high.

— BERNAMA

http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsindex.php?id=365672

3 September 2009:

The dissenters now — among them former deputy home minister Datuk Seri Tan Chai Ho, former one-term member of parliament Loh Seng Kok, and Soi Lek’s former political secretary Tee Siew Keong — are either has-beens or political lightweights.

They are taking on a leader who has the full support of the presidential council.

But this time, it is not over something that resonates deeply with the community, but whether certain individuals should have a more prominent role in the party.

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/articles/17slin/Article

August 24, 2009

A question to MCA members and bloggers: You want your party to reform or stay unreformed?

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As reported by Malaysiakini:-

Chua Jui Meng speaking at a dinner in Bukit Mertajam last night said:

…it was unprecedented for Umno leaders to just stand by and watch a defenceless Ong Tee Keat being subject to mounting attacks and pressure by his detractors over his handling of the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal .

Punished for exposing truth

“Ong is the president of the second largest BN component party and no one from Umno is protecting him.

“I find it strange,” said Chua, who lost is challenge for the MCA presidency to Ong in the party elections last October.

MCA president Ong is already facing a suit by Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd’s (KDSB) chief executive officer and Bintulu parliamentarian Tiong King Sing over his outspoken and transparent handling of the PKFZ issue.

I must declare, that for the first time in a very long time, MCA is demonstrating its will to try to clean itself up.

And yet, beyond the cursory noises made by its central delegates, the support for reform is very deafeningly silent from its 1 million layman members who:

– wear MCA name in their business networking,
– have benefited from MCA’s China network,
– have benefited from MCA’s Taiwan network,
– claim to want a more meritorious politics,
– claim to speak out on behalf of Chinese community,
– claim to want to save MCA

Isn’t it true that Chinese values balance in the environment for a harmonious living and business?

What are you going to do now to ensure MCA stays on to balance UMNO’s presence in BN?

Would you muster up your values of 5,000 years to courageously speak up for your party’s attempt to redeem itself so that it can finally become a political party with substance?

Can you stand up to voice support for MCA reform. Or are you going to run away as usual? Or opt to take refuge with the Pakatan Rakyat and make PR so strong that it replaces UMNO to become the next lord of Malaysia?

Sheesh…. do something quick to help your MCA, if you want to see a 2 party system flourish in Malaysia.

MCA members and MCA bloggers, Malaysians are all watching your next moves.

P/S:

Saving individuals like the stubborn Ong Tee Keat or the tainted Chua Soi Lek should never be more important than saving your party MCA. Choose wisely with an eye on your community’s future.

September 1, 2008

Analysis and Message for the good, bad and ugly MCA leaders

OK. Since Malaysiakini is not yet doing it, I’ll get the ball rolling first.

Yes, the time is right to seriously do a SWOT analysis on those who dare to suggest to us that he’s da man for MCA President.

What’s a SWOT? It is what a businessman would do to check whether the business is eg: healthy or dying or in need of a bailout.

You can do it too, this little tool is also handy for other stuff like summing up a potential girlfriend / boyfriend.

Here’s how to do a simplified SWOT analysis.

Draw a box of 3 columns, mark them 1, 2, 3.

Put the names of those you want to assess in column 1 under the subject title ‘Da Man’.

Column 2 is for you to write all the ‘Strengths’ aka ‘Positive advantage’ that these guys possess. Important note: Don’t force yourself to make up some if you cannot think of any.

Column 3 is to write all the ‘Weaknesses’ aka ‘Negative downside’ eg: ‘MCA sure kaput if this morally depraved/ corrupt/ wanton/ decadent/ despicable character becomes President’.

And now you can proceed to have some educated fun with these chaps:

Ong Tee Keat
Chua Soi Lek
Chua Jui Meng
Fong Chan Onn
+ Any other ‘capable’ leader that I did not mention here…

Merdeka bonus: To help you with the SWOT, here’s an input from an MCA member…

… Also, I find comments made by Chua Soi Lek, Donald Lim, Chua Jui Meng ludicrous. Their comments are but attempts to divert attention of the grassroot from the fault of their own leadership in the failings of recent 12 General Election.

Don’t forget BN achieved the best ever results in the 11th election. How could a party which was so strong in relevance (if you argued a party’s relevance based on its performance) just about four years ago became so irrelevant suddenly. You and I know the result had just got to do with human factor i.e. its central committee team members were so devoid of merits in managing the party!!!

Why the desperate and sudden action now to want to appear to dare speak against UMNO? If these power hungry people feel the party has become irrelevant, surely they would have detected the tell tale signs before the election. Even the last dinasours’ extinction happened over sometime. How could a party become irrelevant in such short time with none of the leaders sensing it? Nobody of these guys argued about MCA sleeping on the job before, why now? Just because the party lost miserably in an election it ought to be extinct or jump ship? You mean to tell me all these oldies don’t know how to tackle the ups and downs in the sport of politics?

I was personally involved in the recent election process. I witnessed for myself the shortcomings from the grassroot to upper leadership including the unpreparedness of candidates in certain constituencies, the ridiculously low level of political knowledge of candidates and their arrogant demeanor. If not for my MCA membership, I would have voted for the opposition myself.

In my most honest opinion, the whole management and leadership team of MCA ought to have resigned and a pro temp committee comprising some current leaders and young members to be formed to determine the next course of action for MCA. This will provide not only a more focused direction for the party but also to avoid the present on going fracas which is further splitting the party’s foundation.

In this respect, I cannot but agree with Tun Mahathir that the present leadership of BN ought to make way to ensure the revival of the party.

It means the President and all those people who work with him and those who are responsible for the policies of the party and the selection of the candidates.

~Angry member

July 12, 2008

The analysis on MCA that Malaysiakini didn’t have

Such an interesting article I found published here. Much more titillating than Malaysiakini’s analysis because it has the potential to go into Part II, III, etc – if this MCA insider zooms the microscope to tell us about the problem ‘makers’.

Tell us who caused MCA to tumble big time, Mary! Are they the Division people? Are they the Division/State chairmen or committees? What are these people’s modus operandi? Pretty please?

This is what Mary wrote (reproduced below). I suspect its the Part I of more to come:

It’s no secret that MCA’s young and bright members are being courted by Pakatan Rakyat (PR). PR needs talents to help its political future.

For purpose of this discussion, I shall use the term ‘Faiths’ to describe the young and bright members of MCA and use the term ‘Comfortables’ for those already installed comfortably in the MCA central, state or division committees. Most, if not all of the Comfortables have been there for some terms already, some since 1970s.

Faiths are those neglected 3rd liners, members who have the fire in their belly. They think as Malaysians, not ‘Chinese’ Malaysians. They are exposed to global ideas and understand the demands of shifting political, economics and social environment worldwide. These young men and women, below the age of 40, have been exposed to progressive systems and ethics through their working experiences with MNCs or GLCs. They speak Malay and English fluently, perhaps some Mandarin. They are aware of the conversations that is going on in the cyberspace and probably operates a blog or more. They have faith in the party’s constitution but lack faith in the unresponsive political style of party old guards. But most of all, Faiths hunger for a system of leadership progression.

Faiths watch how elected representatives perform and cringe in despair over the Comfortables lack in lawmaking.

Comfortables prefer to focus on NGO activities – providing ‘service’ to help people fill out forms, apply permits/approvals, attending to family disputes, pointing their fingers at clogged drains, dirty river, etc. Comfortables were not known to initiate amendment or change to archaic laws or by-laws. Most unfortunately, Comfortables were not heard voicing out ideas or even to engage the rakyat’s input meaningfully in efforts to resolve policies. There was no move or initiatives by the Comfortables to systematically or substantively groom new and current members as party’s future leaders.

Young members know the ‘fact’ that these towkays have not shaken off ‘top-down’ propagandist methodologies to shove, oops, promote their viewpoints. Towkay Comfortables operate with outdated one-way communication in this age of engagement. It is very difficult, nay, nearly impossible to get Comfortables to engage in debates without relegating it into a propaganda session. Ask thinking members, how very difficult it is to try to get them to address policy issues. Most of the time, inquisitive members were treated to the usual ‘tai chi’ avoidance maneuvers.

Sad fact, but it is perceived as true by most members and the public that Comfortables lack ideas and strategy to deal with the changed political landscape. Some may dispute this by saying that the Comfortables have organized many, many activities. Sure. But how these activities contribute to the
political survival of the Party is lost on me. Look at the often used one off publicity gimmicks such as giving away gifts to the poor, organizing dinners or exhibitions. All promoted in the name of service. Most people suspect that free publicity was the ultimate objective for some organizers.

The important question of how do such techniques result in a long term return for the Party were never addressed. I haven’t heard the Comfortables fighting for a leadership bureau to train all members up as future Obama. For me, if a political party has no plan to make leaders out of its members, it has no dream. It has no place in the political arena.

Back to the problem of the Faiths. Although disadvantaged as ‘servicemen’, Faiths know they have a distinct advantage over the installed Comfortables. Faiths are articulate, curious for discourse and solutions to progressive politics, policies and brave enough to participate in addressing hard issues such as Article 121(A). Faiths are not afraid to engage in discussion on national politics with opposition parties. And Faiths keep on banging their heads against the great wall system designed by the Comfortables to keep them out.

One clear message from the 2008 General Election is that Malaysians want progressive lawmakers. Election candidates with strong service background were rejected in the political tsunami along with ‘ineffective’ MPs who were unable/failed to speak up on issues or demonstrated inability to articulate policies.

I say again, MCA is in the business of politics. Therefore it cannot run away from meeting the higher demands and standards of the electorate. The electorate market has indicated a future demand for lawmakers.

Good news is, supply is not short within the party membership. MCA just need to legitimize an internal system to churn up the Faiths, separate the servicemen from lawmakers.

The era of the Comfortables as lawmakers has ended. MCA can still use them by re-designating them to concentrate their specialty as Local Councillors. But for immediate action, just unleash talents of the Faiths to take on the role of lawmakers.

Party members! This party election, make a conscientious decision in casting your vote. Allegiance to Comfortables is less important than saving the party. It is indeed a troublesome choice, but unleashing Faith is the best bet to steer MCA through the uncharted political seas ahead. The leadership better take heed.

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