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December 31, 2009

2010: Sapere aude!

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May Malaysians be blessed with love and pursuit of wisdom by intellectual means and moral self-discipline.

May Malaysian bloggers, the scions of the fourth estate help shape the media into a respectable community, rooted on the basis of reason and consent.

If it may be possible at all, may more Malaysian political parties and their politicians emerge enlightened from their self-imposed immaturity.

Happy 2010 to all!

~BC

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And, here are those useful links to all of the above funny ideas:

1. http://www.philosophynow.org/issue49/49steinbauer.htm
2. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/philosophy
3. http://www.campwood.com/FourthEstate.htm
4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_is_Enlightenment%3F

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.

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