It is interesting as I monitor the news about the Kajang by-election.
This time around, MCA vice-president, Chew Mei Fun was selected to go into the battleground with PKR supremo leader, Anwar Ibrahim.
Note what Chew’s first statement: “It is time to vote a strong opposition in Selangor.” This statement is interesting considering the fact that Umno already has an opposition leader in Selangor.
Voters will be disillusioned if they were to vote for her, thinking that a Chinese non-Muslim lady would finally champion the cause as opposition leader in Selangor.
Chew was rejected by PJ Utara
Chew had lost the 2008 General Election when she was contesting for the parliamentary seat of PJ Utara.
If she had been so hardworking, why did the people of Petaling Jaya reject her?
Now, after nearly six years, Chew is making a comeback in Kajang. Does she think that the people of Kajang are any less discerning compared to the people in Petaling Jaya?
Not forgetting 15,000 of Kajang are young voters who have hardly even heard about Chew’s political career and achievements as a deputy tourism minister.
Even Zaid Ibrahim, who was contesting as KITA president, was rejected by the people of Hulu Selangor. The people of Kajang know well the background of these candidates.
Chew’s lacklustre performance should not be spun around to make her look so great right now, when trying to woo Kajang voters.
MCA might as well have picked Ong Tee Keat to challenge Anwar in the Kajang by-election, instead of placing Chew as a sacrificial lamb to shame MCA because Umno knows that it is game over where the people of Kajang is concerned.
Chew resigned from all party posts
At least in the case of Ong, he had stood his ground when MCA party president ousted him in the internal MCA feuds, but Chew simply resigned from all posts.
There is a saying, “When the journey gets tough, it is the tough that gets going”. Chew does not have what it takes to withstand pressure, especially when her political master, Umno, sets its food down.
In Malaysia, we need people like Ong who stood firm despite being shaken over and over again. Between the two candidates, Anwar has the tenacity and what it takes to face the onslaught of Mahathirism in this country.
Having been imprisoned, and have all sorts of allegations hurled against him day and night, Anwar stood firm to his pursuit for justice. This is the kind of leader that we need for this country.