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November 19, 2009

Friendly advice to Najib: Know your Spring and Autumn 春秋時代 before meeting MCA

The ‘beloved‘ Barisan Nasional chairman needs a quick education on Chinese history and most importantly, the Chinese mindset before his meeting with MCA leaders.

(fyi: ‘beloved’ is a favourite loving endearment and liberally spewed by Liow Tiong Lai whenever he has the chance to demonstrate revere to the UMNO big brother)

And so, let us help the PM Najib Razak who said he will meet leaders of warring group in the MCA to solve current crisis, preferably before the proposed EGM on November 28 cried by the Liow Tiong Lai/ Wee Ka Siong/ Chew Mei Fun faction against MCA President Ong Tee Keat and Deputy President Dr. Chua Soi Lek who have the legitimate power of incumbency.

Below is a quickie education for ‘beloved’ Najib so that he can fulfil the KPI of an excellent mediator. For us normal everyday people who don’t know much about leadership and warring, a little bit of history may be an interesting addition to our kopitiam gossip:

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The Spring and Autumn period is named after a book called the Spring and Autumn Annals, a chronicle of the state of Lu between 722 BC and 481 BC, which tradition associates with Confucius . It was a period of turbulence and changes in the economy, politics, and military affairs. In Chinese history, it was a period which roughly corresponds to the first half of the Eastern Zhou dynasty (from the second half of the 8th century BC to the first half of the 5th century BC).

During the Spring and Autumn period, China was ruled by a feudal system. The Zhou dynasty kings held nominal power, but only directly ruled over a small Royal Domain, revolving around their capital (currently Luoyang). The status of the Emperor was diminished to little more than that of a figurehead, while powerful nobles gradually extended their dominions over smaller neighboring states. According to recorded history, during the Spring and Autumn Period, there were over 480 wars, 52 vassal states were vanquished, and 36 kings were killed.

By the sixth century B.C., most small states had disappeared, and a few large and powerful principalities dominated China. Some southern states, such as Chu, and Wu, claimed independence from the Zhou. Wars were undertaken to oppose some of these states-Wu and Yue. In the state of Jin, six powerful families fought for supremacy, and a series of civil wars resulted in the splitting of Jin into three smaller states by the beginning of the fifth century B.C. At that time, the control Zhou kings exerted over feudal princes was greatly reduced, the feudal system crumbled, and the Warring States Period began.

During the Spring and Autumn Period, a complex system of interstate relations developed and many projects requiring the collaboration of two or more states were undertaken, such as drainage operations, canals, dikes, reservoirs, and roads. Massive walls were built, both as protection from each other and from aboriginal and nomadic tribes.

The Spring and Autumn Period was also considered as a period of philosophies: Daoism, Confucianism, and Legalism originated during that period. Many important cultural developments took place, and great Chinese thinkers including Confucius, founder of Confucianism; Laozi, founder of Daoism; and Mozi, founder of Mohism developed the philosophical systems which have shaped North Eastern Asia until the present day.

 

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November 8, 2009

Invite Najib to manage MCA? No need, coup drama ends soon

Hishammuddin Hussein must have enjoyed playing the devil’s advocate when he mischievously suggested tis high time the MCA leadership seek Barisan Nasional’s chairman Najib Razak’s help to intervene in MCA’s internal affairs.

Looks like MCA’s 2nd echelon leaders are now given the final warning through the mouth of their favorite UMNO brother.

Liow Tiong Lai (another specimen of a flip flopper), Wee Ka Siong and Chew Mei Fun better pay heed to UMNO’s signal and not misread it as UMNO’s support for their coup attempt.

Meanwhile,

1. 1Malaysians continues to enjoy reading and gossiping about MCA’s infernal affairs over their morning kopi, roti bakar and half boiled egg

2. The aunties get to learn a thing or two on how not to convene an EGM to resolve internal home problems

3. Political newbies get a chance of a lifetime to observe first hand the do’s and don’ts of Chinese politics, especially the part on how to avoid being a hapless political pawn.

As for me, I’ll be eagerly awaiting for MCA coup drama to fizzle out, hopefully the MCA kids to please be on their best behaviour themselves when Comrade Hu Jintao arrives on November 10 in Malaysia to talk economy.

And, I’m already excited anticipating 2012‘s premier next week.

Yahoo!

October 30, 2009

The new economy, you, me and MCA

The new economy unleashes bondages and respects merit to create new wealth for anyone worthy.

Old economy hangers on eg, are the few Chinese billionaires who preserve at all costs to retain their societal status so that their clan family can continue to give handouts to the many poor Chinese below them.

With donkey years of subvervientship to clan dominance, MCA finally is fighting the big war to unchain itself off apekship bondage to lift itself to ISO standards.

In this era of change, for MCA to remain unreformed and taking even a millisecond more of their young members’ time would be unforgiven.

The MCA mothership is trying hard to change gears and the resultant curious whiff of change in the air is not a bad option for us the political bystanders.

Revolution…

More power to change if it benefits the community, I say!

Prime Minister Najib Razak understands the issue plaguing MCA.

He sure knows his 1Malaysia history of yore.

Has anybody notice Najib has been consistently calling for MCA to be strong?

Has 1Malaysia?

Have MCA members or central delegates for that matter?

Think, think, think.

October 13, 2009

Ong Tee Keat offer his candidacy for President?

Go on.

Dare you to.

Call for MCA election for President and Deputy President posts.

Shut up the vulture factions once and for all.

Nothing to lose.

You didn’t sabotage MCA party constitution.

Members who are sidelined by central delegates appointees by vulture factions will respect you more. Maybe you can stop MCA members from leaving the party en masse at the same time.

Pakatan Rakyat is waiting, no, salivating for you to join them quick if the vulture factions conspire to boot you out.

Will MCA Central Committee dare to show some guts?

Some strange things happened on 10 October, 2009:

My friend’s mom cried.

My lawyer’s tongue went numb.

My Pakatan Rakyat supporter bro wished MCA members good luck and fun with the line dancing Ng Yen Yen.

My drinking friends cursed the MCA central delegates with the most colourful epithets. (trust me.)

#@$%…

With a little help from the brave doctor Chua Soi Lek who hung MCA’s party constitution out to dry, here’s the list from a blogger which me thinks will kill and will help Pakatan Rakyat bury MCA for good:

1. Too many factions (warlords?).

2. Too many mediocre personalities.

3. Too many rent-seeking personalities.

4. Too little effort in engaging the real community.

5. Too much effort in engaging associations filled with rent-seeking personalities.

6. Too much parochialism borne from an education system that is detached from the mainstream of the nation.

7. Too little effort in recruiting the best minds.

8. Too much effort in rewarding sycophants.

MCA’s history is based on wheeling-dealing. Genuine reform cannot take place unless the apex leaders disengage with the moneyed class. But how does one turn on one’s own genetic parentage?

This is the fundamental reality that the MCA needs to deal with. Can the existing leadership and membership do so?

And so, after the departure of a rare MCA species ‘dare to be a hero’ Ong Tee Keat, I hazard to predict that MCA’s future will be back to bland lapdog life.

Comatose existence with daily bland routine of licking the master’s hands.

tsk, tsk, tsk…

Unless, the MCA Central Committee accidently chanced upon an iota of courage within their bosoms to stand together and defy big brother UMNO and Tun Dr. Mahathir‘s wish to get rid of the Chinese community’s preferred President.

It’ll be fun to find out how UMNO deals with a biting rather than licking MCA.

But let’s get back to real life, now.

The real D Day will be on Thursday 15 October, 2009. Not the EGM as some central delegates were led to believe by their handlers.

October 12, 2009

真心英雄 True Hero

周:在我心中 曾经有一个梦
Emil: zai wo xin zhong zeng jing you yi ge meng
Emil: In my heart there was once a dream

要用歌声让你忘了所有的痛
yao yong ge sheng rang ni wang le suo you de tong
to use songs to make you forget all your pain

成:灿烂星空 谁是真的英雄
Jackie: cheng can lan xing kong shei shi zhen de ying xiong
Jackie: Among the starry skies, who is the true hero

平凡的人们给我最多感动
ping fan de ren men ji wo zui duo gan dong
common people move me the most

黄:再没有恨 也没有了痛
Anthony: zai mei you hen ye mei you le tong
Anthony: No more hate, and no more pain

但愿人间处处都有爱的影踪
dan yuan ren jian chu chu dou you ai de ying zong
May there be traces of love in every part of our life

李:用我们的歌 换你真心笑容
Jonathan: rong wo men de ge huan ni zhen xin xiao rong
Jonathan: Using our song to exchange for your true smiles

祝福你的人生从此与众不同
zhu fu ni de ren sheng cong ci yu zhong bu tong
Wishing the best for you, may your life be unique

把握生命里的每一分钟
ba wo sheng ming li de mei yi fen zhong
take charge of life’s every second

全力以赴我们心中的梦
quan li yi fu wo men xin zhong de meng
do our best to work towards our dreams

不经历风雨 怎么见彩虹
bu jing li feng yu zen me jian cai hong
without wind and rain, how would we see the rainbow

没有人能随随便便成功
mei you ren neng sui sui bian bian cheng gong
nobody could succeed just by being lacksadaisical

* 把握生命里每一次感动
ba wo sheng ming li mei yi ci gan dong
take charge of life’s every second

和心爱的朋友热情相拥
he xin ai de peng you re qing xiang yong
with your best loved friends, get along well and hug

# 让真心的话 和开心的泪
rang zhen xin de hua he kai xin de lei
may the true words and happy tears

在你我的心里流动
zai ni wo xin li liu dong
move in your and my heart

曲:李宗盛 词:李宗盛
Composed and lyrics by Jonathan Lee

October 5, 2009

For the sake of Jogoya: What I’ll say if I were the MCA President…

Yesterday, over some nice cool beers at our usual local coffee shop haunt, a friend issued me this challenge:

“If you were the MCA President, what will you say to motivate the lazy MCA central delegates‘ brains to work overtime before the D-day this Saturday at MCA’s EGM?”

What a horrible task…. and I was to respond convincingly to the friend by Friday. If I lose this wager, not only I will suffer the indignity of losing me Chinese ‘face‘, my wallet will also stand to lose 5 rounds of free meals at Jogoya.

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For the sake of Jogoya, here is myself speaking as Ong Tee Keat’s alter ego…

Party members and fellow comrades,

Our party’s EGM starts this weekend. It’s going to be the most decisive and exciting for years.

This week, we won’t be playing it safe – instead we continue to soldier on with bold reform plans to deal with the big problems the party faces.

Many political parties spent their conference talking only to themselves – not the country, even after defeats suffered in the 2008 General Elections.

In contrast, under my leadership, you will see an MCA united, determined and ready to deliver the bold, tough and radical change our members and community demands.

At this EGM we will show that we are the party of new ideas and new opportunities.

To deal with the next General Election, we are already setting out some of the tough decisions that need to be taken and unlike previously predicted by naysayers, we won’t duck them this time.

To give people hope for the future of the party, MCA is already forging ahead in the direction of political, economics and race relations, and our EGM will show how we’re ready to strengthen our commitment to that change.

There is absolutely no room for complacency this time.

Every member of the Malaysian Chinese Association needs to remember the following: the party have never face a General Election from a starting point as difficult as we face now.

To win a majority, we must hold every seat we won in 2008 plus regain the lost constituencies.

We can do it: but we are going to have to work incredibly hard for every vote, every day between now and polling day. In the 13th General Election, every vote will count.

This weekend we will hear the results of the referendum in MCA’s future.

I have said repeatedly that I want us to have a party reform. I want to make one thing clear: there will be no change in our drive on party reform.

If the party reform is not ratified in this EGM and not in force when the election is held, in the next General Election campaign, we cannot convince the people for a ‘Yes’ vote.

This EGM is going to be a turning point for MCA as a credible, political party in Malaysia.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the MCA EGM.

Thanks to this guy for the very useful content frame.

Jogoya, here I come??

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

September 19, 2009

The battle for MCA Reform #1 Who is Loh Seng Kok?

Many MCA members are blur, blur, especially them below the age of 40 years. Can’t blame them really as they have been ‘puppetised’ by their tai lohs in the Branch and Division. It is a very serious malaise as these so called ‘Harapan Malaysians’ are out of the know about MCA and the power brokers behind the curtains.

Don’t believe me? Just go ask any one MCA member this question:

“Is current MCA EGM about party reform or re-installing of the Ling kingdom?”

Count yourself lucky if you get a confused blink or a fluttering of le embarassed eyelashes…

Duh…? would be the best effort of a response from these poor dears.

And since this is holiday season, BananaC will be kind enough to give them morsels of education on players involved in the latest sizzling hot MCA production “MCA EGM” which premiers at 10am on 10 October, 2009.

Morsel of education #1
Who is Loh Seng Kok?

Loh Seng Kok currently holds the record as the winner of the BIGGEST politician poster Malaysians have ever seen…

RockyBru's Loh Seng Kok poster

A friend asked:
Agak-agak mana Loh Seng Kok dapat duit puluhan ribu untuk beriklan disana?

liao said…

he is Ling Liong Sik‘s man, not OKT’s man. so he habis already.

Anonymous said
Question is where the $$$ came from?? Not cheap to advertise.

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Jinny’s impression of Loh Seng Kok’s actions:

Now the first thing that came to my mind when I saw that poster was, what the heck is this guy putting such a huge poster of his face in one of the largest and most prominent billboards on the LDP? How can one be a Christian, put a quote from a Christian Reverend yet glorify his own person at the same time?

Besides, by the time the billboard went up, rumours were already rife that he was going to be dropped as a candidate for the coming GE (2008).

Now as all of us know already, his huge face underwent a serious defacing. His entire face was blacked out with black paint.

Now while I don’t agree with Loh Seng Kok’s utter waste of funds and boastful self-glorification, no one deserves such a hugely public embarrassing. Why can’t politicians stop this acts of self-glorification, take that funds required to put up those billboards to help the community for goodness sake! One week’s rental of one of those billboards are already in the ranges of RM30,000 onwards!

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A voter’s first impression of Loh Seng Kok’s receptiveness:

I was one amongst those folks who waited up during the meeting last friday to meet up with our aspirant YB’s.

Frankly, I attended mainly to meet in person these aspirant YB’s as 3 of them are new. Most importantly, I wanted to see what they had to offer United Subang Jaya residents over the next 5 years should they be elected.

And last up, we have Mr. Loh Seng Kok, the aspirant for the Kelana Jaya Parliamentary seat, which will cover about 80% of United Subang Jaya. Now here is a man who did not show up for the meeting at all and from what has been written in this thread, has not signed the “Aku Janji” either. In fact, I only know what he looks like only from the numerous posters and buntings strung up all over the township.

My personal opinion is that I am not impressed by him thus far. The man seems to think that United Subang Jaya is not worth his time, and that he has “other important” matters that better deserve his time. As for the poster of him during the floods (if it were true, as someone had questioned the authenticity in this thread), this would work well if we were still a rubber or palm oil estate in the ’50’s or ’60’s. Someone from his party should remind him that this is the 21st century, and United Subang Jaya’s are a savvy lot, although in Dato LHB’s own words to his fellow aspirant YB’s that night, we are not unreasonable.

Jayan

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What is Loh Seng Kok’s latest project?

Picking up the tread after fellow campaigner Theng Bok was quickly changed due to some difficulties, Loh Seng Kok has been engaged as a co-campaign coordinator for a comeback project with the winner from ‘The hell with the Malaysian sex lawsChua Soi Lek.

This project will keep Mr Loh very busy as his political future in MCA is interlinked very much on the outcome of the results of the MCA EGM.

September 16, 2009

Who’s afraid of reform or THE slippers?

Frankly, my dear, I’m still sandalised oops scandalised with the stupidity of the 921 MCA members….

Diam, oops, Daim is one disappointed man too…

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“It is a great disappointment that the MCA Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) is not being used for a united MCA call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the RM12.5 billion Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal to bring to book all MCA, Umno and Barisan Nasional leaders implicated in the “mother of all scandals”.

When former Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin could say that the PKFZ fiasco provides the Barisan Nasional government the best opportunity to fulfill its promise of cracking down on corruption, abuse of power and mismanagement, why are MCA, Umno and other Barisan Nasional component parties dragging their feet when they should be acting decisively to identity and punish the wrongdoers, without fear or favour and regardless of their present or past position or status?

Daim speaks with great authority, knowledge and experience when he said:

“The government must punish all those lawbreakers, only then can it regain the public’s confidence. In the past, the public did not see those who abused their power getting punished, resulting in more abuses of power. As such, it (making the PKFZ audit report public) is a good start”.

(Read more here: Daim: PKFZ fiasco provides best opportunity)

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Now, we have a fiery grand ole man of DAP Uncle Lim Kit Siang who is very angry with MCA:

“This is why the MCA, as the party which is most implicated in the PKFA scandal as so many MCA top leaders were involved whether as Transport Minister or Port Klang Authority Chairman, should take a stand to ensure that there should be no further cover-up of the PKFZ scandal and its EGM should, among other things, demonstrate the undivided support of the MCA delegates for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to bring to book all MCA, Umno and BN leaders implicated in the PKFZ “mother of all scandals”.

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Oh dear…

Now we know why Chua Soi Lek’s campaign team works so tirelessly to bring about the MCA EGM….

What or Who gives, Soi Lek?

And while we are at it, MCA Central Delegates, will you do the right thing or risk your moral values for le fury de garland of slippers?

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