The iconic leaning clock tower of Teluk Intan.
I almost want to fall off my rocking chair when I read in today’s The Edge Financial Daily interview with Gerakan’s Perak chairman, Chang Ko Youn when he said that the party ground assessment believes it can win all three parliamentary seats it will be contesting in the coming election. The three are Taiping, Beruas and Teluk Intan.
Well, I won’t comment about Taiping and Beruas but coming from Teluk Intan, I would like to tell Chang and former Teluk Intan MP from Gerakan, Mah Siew Keong to wake up and stop dreaming about wresting Teluk Intan parliamentary seat back from DAP. Your party's ground assessment is not giving you the true sentiment of the people of Teluk Intan.
Also, please stop having the denial syndrome that the people of Perak had forgotten about how BN wrested the state government from Pakatan Rakyat. It is still very fresh in Perakians mind and the people of Teluk Intan.The people of Teluk Intan are not fools. They know the true colours of Mah Siew Keong. He disappeared from Teluk Intan after he lost in 2008 and only appeared when the speculations of elections began to crop up at the end of 2011. That is when he started again his “service” to the people of Teluk Intan with long list of bribes including free dinners.
From the respond of the people of Teluk Intan, he knew that bribes no longer works so his people went around town begging people to vote for him by saying “ yes, we know Mah Siew Keong will not win again but please don’t let him “die” (lose) until very ugly ”, so please give your vote to him.” I heard this myself when I was back during Chinese New Year. It was a joke of the town when someone countered back “ it is okay to die in whatever way because the embalmer from the funeral house will definitely make the corpse looks good “. Gerakan leaders used to like to say the DAP always deploy this sympathy vote tactics but now they are the one using it.
When this sympathy vote tactics does not work, thugs were dispatched to disrupt DAP’s ceramah at Teluk Intan’s iconic leaning clock tower. It only made the people of Teluk Intan hate BN even more. Some people claimed that Mah Siew Keong dispatched the thugs while some claimed it was dispatched by PPP’s potential candidate for the Pasir Bedamar state seat whom the people of Teluk Intan call “tua pau Chuan” or “big cannon Chuan”. Regardless of who sent the thugs, the damage had been done.
Chang Ko Youn can continue dreaming if he choose to but Mah Siew Keong is no longer in winnable candidate in Teluk Intan is a reality. From 1995 since he first became a state assemblyman for Pasir Bedamar until now, the people of Teluk Intan already know him too well. It is better for Chang to concentrate on other seats that has more potential for Gerakan to win. Forget about Teluk Intan.