Is this for real? We hope to hear from Jeff Ooi soon … but I think they got his age wrong-lah!
PETALING JAYA (TheSTAR) : Prominent blogger Jeff Ooi (Malaysiakini dubs him “Malaysia’s Most Influential Blogger” is set to join the DAP and contest in the general election. The DAP is planning a “welcoming ceremony” on Tuesday to announce his crossover from blogosphere to party politics. Top party leaders as well as some of Ooi’s blogger friends will attend the ceremony.
Ooi, in his 50s, is an e-business consultant but is better known for his blog which focuses on current issues with an emphasis on politics. He is also an expert of sorts on the new media.
According to sources, the party has Ooi in mind for the Puchong parliamentary seat as well as the Kinrara state seat.
He is the latest in a string of new professional faces whom party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has wooed and recruited to form the line-up of candidates for the general election. Among them are the young IT millionaire and Oxford University graduate Tony Pua, political scientist Liew Chin Tong and Dr Cheah Wing Yin who was the former president of the Private Medical Practitioners Association of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
“Ooi joining us is important in the sense that he represents the critical thinking ground that is a part of civil society.
“The fact that he has decided to take a stand and be active in DAP shows that we are capturing the middle ground,” said a Selangor DAP politician.
The party is eyeing more young professionals especially those from non-governmental organisations. Several more personalities will be unveiled in the next few months.
Lim declined to comment on Ooi’s impending entry into DAP.