The donation of over RM20,000 will be split between Lim Lip Eng (pic) and Liew Chin Tong to fund their election campaigns. — Pix by Miera ZulyanaKEPONG, April 15 — The DAP yesterday raised over RM20,000 from voters in Kuala Lumpur, with half to go to the party’s Johor chief Liew Chin Tong in his contest against MCA’s deputy president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong.
By the end of the DAP’s maiden ceramah in Kepong, the party had collected a total of RM21,898 in donations to be split equally between Liew and its Kepong candidate Lim Lip Eng for their election campaigns during the 14th general elections (GE14).
During the ceramah last night, DAP deputy secretary-general Teresa Kok questioned MCA’s alleged assertion that DAP intends to destroy the former.
Kok pointed out that DAP was outmatched in funds when compared to the asset-rich MCA, noting that her party colleagues had to go around the crowd with a donation box to seek donations to support Liew’s campaign in the Ayer Hitam seat in Johor.
“But you say we, DAP, want to eliminate you? How? ... It is because Liew Chin Tong is going to contest Wee Ka Siong, then it’s described as to eliminate MCA.
“Then do you mean to say whether it’s Liow Tiong Lai, Wee Ka Siong, Liow Tiong Lai or Chew Mei Fun, not to send anyone to contest against them?
“In election, it’s like Lee Chong Wei playing badminton against Lin Dan. Is it to eliminate Lin Dan? No, it’s a contest,” she said, referring to the world’s top two badminton players.Teresa Kok contrasted the DAP and MCA in terms of their financial resources.
Wee had won the Ayer Hitam seat in Election 2013 with a 7,310 vote-majority against a PAS candidate. The seat then had a composition of 56 per cent Malay voters and 38 per cent Chinese voters.
Liew had won the Kluang seat where the Chinese voters form 49 per cent in Election 2013 with a 7,359 vote-majority against a MCA candidate.
Liew’s shift to Ayer Hitam is part of the federal opposition Pakatan Harapan’s focus on Johor as a frontline battleground state and to unseat the Barisan Nasional coalition from the Umno stronghold.A section of the crowd at the ceramah appeared to be around 500, but DAP 's estimate is between 2,000 to 4,000.
Throughout the ceramah, the DAP speakers mostly used the Mandarin dialect, whole some use Cantonese, Hakka and Hokkien to address the crowd estimated to number around 500.
DAP’s own estimate of the turnout at the ceramah yesterday ranges from 2,000 to 4,000.
Lim Yi Wei, the political secretary to incumbent Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua, also spoke in Mandarin to the crowd despite being English-educated.
The Kepong seat in Kuala Lumpur is a predominantly Chinese seat with the ethnic Chinese population comprising 88.43 per cent of the voters in Election 2013.Most of the crowd stood for hours during the ceramah held at the field in front of the Jinjang police station, while some sat down to hear the speeches.
DAP’s Tan Seng Giaw had won the Kepong seat for the eighth time in Election 2013 with a 40,307 vote-majority, but was replaced by Lim Lip Eng for the 14th general election (GE14)
In Election 2013, Kepong was one of the 30 Chinese-majority federal seats nationwide that was won by the federal opposition in a clean sweep.
During the ceramah, Lim Lip Eng however noted that it cannot be said that he will surely win the Kepong seat, asserting that DAP was not arrogant like its political enemies.
“We can never take our foes lightly,” he said, adding that it would be the beginning of one’s defeat if rivals are taken lightly.