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MCA sees red over fake 'Chew in bikini' photo
Published:  Mar 17, 2014 5:48 AM
Updated: Mar 18, 2014 4:21 AM

DAY 7 KAJANG What’s happening in the by-election campaign in the state constituency of Kajang? Quotable quotes, planned events and unplanned incidents as they take place.

6.40pm: Mohd Salleh Hussin, a trader at Pasar Malam Sg Chua, arrives to find MCA's 'wartruck' parked at his usual trading spot of eight years.

The MCA crew at first say they will move the truck, but after about 20 minutes of talking it was Mohd Salleh who relents.

The T-shirt seller, who came with his wife and young daughter, says he usually makes RM500 a night and would not be able recoup his losses elsewhere tonight.

No compensation was offered and none was asked for.

While the wartruck stage remained empty, Wan Azizah's walkabout at the same pasar malam created the usual buzz of shoppers wanting to take a pictures with her.
Her bodyguard and asistant had to continue passing the goods she bought to her driver to send to the car.
The items also included two bunches of bananas gifted to her by a trader, who later told reporters that he would have gifted the same to the BN candidate.

2.30pm: MCA is seeing red over a doctored photo of candidate Chew Mei Fun in a bikini circulating online, with the caption 'Undilah saya, DUN N25 Kajang' (Vote for me, N25 Kajang).

The "immoral" act was roundly condemned by Wanita MCA chief Heng Seai Kie and the women's wing at an emergency press conference at the MCA operations room.

"We urge the police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to probe and take stern action against the perpetrator.

"Pakatan supporters are stooping so low just for a by-election. This despicable means of humiliating women should be stopped immediately," Wanita MCA said.

1pm: Selangor MB and PKR Kajang by-election director Khalid Ibrahim accompanies PKR candidate Wan Azizah Wan Ismail at the local council's centre at Menara MPKj.

Khalid says the issue raised by MCA of poor drainage in Kajang is a legacy of BN's poor planning.

"She (MCA candidate Chew Mei Fun, left, in red ) needs to do some research. The drainage system was planned more than 15 years ago and today we don't even have the (council's) map of all the drains...

"It is fine now as it is dry, but rain is expected in the next two to three weeks and there could be flooding if the drains are not fixed, so we are doing this before the monsoon comes," he says.

He says the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) has also been instructed to submit a comprehensive infrastructure plan.

Asked on claims the council is not working due to PKR politicking, councillors answering on Khalid's ( left, in coat ) behalf says the last board meeting was last September and another is due this month to clear any approval backlogs.

"The BN local councils (in Selangor) were worse. They approved first and met later. If you want to see it (the minutes) I can show you the files. That is not being efficient but being scammers," continues Khalid.

He says MPKj is in the top 15 local councils out of more than 150 in the country in terms of efficiency, as ranked by the Housing and Local Government Ministry.

He also urges Kajang residents to be patient with the traffic jams as it will ease up after the MRT and sewerage construction is complete.

"Please tell everyone that Wan Azizah ( above, in blue ) is the right choice as she will bring complaints to us and we are improving," he said.

The duo meet with MPKj customers at the service counters, none of whom say they have any complaints on the council's services.

1pm: DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang reiterates his call for Kajang voters to make BN lose its deposit in the by-election, not to target MCA candidate Chew Mei Fun, but top BN leaders such as Dr Mahathir Mohamad responsible for injustices by the ruling party.

However he admits it is "not just a very tall order, but an impossibly tall order”.

This, he says in his speech transcript from a ceramah last night at Sungei Chua basketball court, requires an "unprecedented and unimaginable majority of some 27,000 votes".

"If this can be achieved on polling day, it would be a political earthquake not only of national but also international proportions," he says, adding it will be an expression for the desire to "save Malaysia from extremism, corruption and injustices".

12.40pm : PKR believes that it has managed to raise its Malay vote bank from 37 percent in 2013 to 45 percent.

However, this is short of 15 percent of its target of 60 percent.

Deputy PKR Kajang election director Zuraida Kamaruddin said that 65 percent of Chinese voters back PKR followed by 55 percent of Indian constituents.

Malay and Chinese voters are split almost evenly in Kajang at 48 and 41 percent respectively.