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STS: Chinese groups to boycott MCA leaders
By Joceline Tan
5/6/2001 10:27 am Tue
[Lagi satu langkah menarik oleh masyarakat Cina membantah langkah
mengambil alih suratkabar oleh MCA. Kali ini tindakkan memboikot
ke seluruh negara semua pemimpin MCA yang terjebak dalam kontroversi itu.
Bagaimana dengan reaksi masyarakat melayu ketika akhbar melayu rebah
satu persatu??? Bukankah kita lebih banyak membisu dan sekarang semua
sudah pun lesu? Nampaknya orang melayu memang me-layu.... patutlah begitu
mudah Mahathir mencengkam dan menipu.
Chinese groups to boycott MCA leaders
KUALA LUMPUR - The coalition of Chinese groups opposed to the takeover
of two Chinese newspapers by the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA),
are initiating a nationwide boycott of party leaders for their role in
The politicians targeted are 32 members of the party's top
decision-making body who gave their nod for the deal.
The coalition has asked Chinese guilds and associations to ignore them
and not to invite them to any of their functions 'so that they will go
Some of the more radical members in the coalition are even pushing the
idea of printing posters of these leaders to be put up in prominent
places, coalition coordinator Tang Ah Chai told The Straits Times.
It is uncertain how effective the boycott will be but the move is
likely to widen the rift between the MCA and many of these Chinese
At a top-level MCA meeting on Wednesday, 32 of the 40-member central
committee supported the purchase of Nanyang Siang Pau and China Press
in the face of widespread opposition from the Chinese community.
The leaders on the 'hit list' include party president Datuk Seri Dr
Ling Liong Sik and vice-presidents Datuk Dr Fong Chan On and Datuk
Seri Ong Ka Ting.
The controversial purchase of the newspapers by Huaren Management, a
subsidiary of the MCA-owned Huaren Holdings, from Malaysian tycoon
Quek Leng Chan sent shock waves through the Chinese community.
The Chinese newspapers have traditionally enjoyed greater latitude
than the Malay and English media and the community is concerned that
this will end with the political monopoly of their vernacular media.
Reports that another Chinese daily, Sin Chew Jit Poh, may buy half of
Huaren's stake in the two newspapers has only heightened the concern.
Members of the opposing coalition include NGOs such as the Dong Jiao
Zong or the Chinese education movement, which views the takeover as an
attempt to stifle its voice.
A surprise member of the coalition is the Chinese Chamber of Commerce,
which has tended to side with the MCA or tried to remain neutral on
controversial issues.--Joceline Tan