MCA is in Kuala Terengganu to suss out the needs of the Chinese community there?
Only now? If there is NO by election in KT, will we see their faces there?
I could say the same for all the parties making a big-hoo haa in the by-election campaign.
I was around there to interview the Chinese community somewhere in 2001, when the state was under PAS rule. They were quite a happy lot as long as they could do their business and carry on with their rituals.
But then I see the media reports and Chinese guild leaders are telling the community “not to bite the hands that feeds”.
Huh? Don’t the Chinese community have a right to all the goodies the government can give?
But isn’t this a kind of bribe by the government to woo the Chinese voters as well?
Arghhh..they do it all the time anyway! Has the Election Commission NOTHING to say about this?
For this by-election campaign alone, a cursory look at the federal and state government pledges and distributions specific to the Chinese community total in excess of RM12 million, according to media reports over the past week.
The most significant allocation took place on Jan 5, a day before nomination day, where the state government distributed about RM2.7 million in cash to about 9,000 needy and elderly Chinese.
The RM200 to RM300 handout per person is an annual event which usually happens either a week before or after Chinese New Year.
(So why is this happening so early this year?)
Menteri Besar Ahmad Said has thus far pledged RM3.3 million for the construction of a hall for the Chinese community in Bukit Kecil, with the ground breaking ceremony slated for Jan 13.
(What perfect timing as well!)
The state government further approved RM2.8 million for the refurbishing of the sole Chinese school in Kuala Terengganu, SJK (C) Chung Hwa Wei Sin. The school’s brass band will receive another RM200,000.
(Oh, wish there is a by-election every month!)
Another RM110,000 was allocated to 40 Chinese religious organisations.
(Even religious organisations are being bribed?)
In addition to the allocations from the state government, the state MCA has obtained federal allocation worth RM205,000 for two temples while Education Minister Hishamuddin Hussien on Jan 5 announced a RM2,926,000 allocation for 10 Chinese schools in the state.
(Really good news for mother tongue education!)
Now, what can PKR and DAP let alone PAS has to offer the Chinese community in KT?