DAP presents two 'flowers' to Kulai in Johor
As reported by Malaysiakini earlier, incumbent Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching has been officially announced as candidate for Kulai parliamentary constituency, further strengthening DAP's bid to create a 'political tsunami' in southern Johor.
The announcement was made by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng during a DAP ceramah at Kulai tonight.
Teo will face Tay Chin Hein from MCA. The teacher-turned-businessman is also the special affairs officer for the Johor Menteri Besar and the Kulai MCA division deputy chief.
He is well-known among locals as he is the BN coordinator of the Senai state seat.
Teo gave a touching speech to the Chinese crowd which had ballooned to over 3,000 people by 11pm.
"On August 1 last year, I gave birth to a baby girl. Today she is eight months and 16 days old. Tonight is the first night I can't hug her to sleep. My husband is taking care of her alone in Serdang.
"I want to tell little Jinger, mummy is very sorry as I cannot play with you in the coming 20 days.
"But I promise you, after 20 days, I will give you a new and clean government as a present," said Teo who was holding back her tears to loud applause from the floor.
The first-term MP rose to fame after she captured the Serdang parliamentary seat in 2008 general polls with a whopping majority of some 21,000 votes, to completely overturn the 12,000-odd majority of the MCA incumbent.
She hopes to repeat the 'miracle' in Kulai, a MCA stronghold won by former MCA president Ong Ka Ting in last general election with a majority of almost 12,000 votes.
"I'm a bit scared to come here (because of the high majority of MCA votes) but DAP has spirit. As said by (DAP supremo) Lim Kit Siang , si jiu si, su jiu su (die or lose, let it be).
"There is no such word as 'scared' in the dictionary of DAP leaders!"
'No eyes to see'
She also attempted to win over supporters of Ong.
"If Ong sees what is happening in MCA today, I think he would have ‘no eyes to see' (tiada mata tengok). I want to tell Ong, don't worry, this time let me become the MP of this area to serve the people of Kulai."
The 32-year-old mother is a Johorean born in Batu Pahat, where her father is a veteran DAP leader.
Her parents were also present at the ceramah and even brought her a bottle of herbal tea.
Guan Eng also announced another young female candidate for Senai, a state seat under Kulai.
She is Wong Shu Qi, 30, (left) a journalist-turned-politician who is in fact, Kulai-born.
DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua, who was initially one of the two candidates shortlisted to be fielded in Kulai, told the floor that DAP has sent its two prettiest ladies to Kulai.
"We gave the people Kulai not only one but two flowers so you can send one flower to the state assembly and another to Parliament."