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MCA polls: Wee: We're brothers and can work together

Posted: 21 Dec 2013 08:00 AM PST

KUALA LUMPUR: The MCA central delegates have elected a good mix of new leaders, said deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.

"We are brothers and can work together. I hope the media can give us some room. There is no problem among us," he added.

He thanked the delegates for their support and for the new mandate given him as the party deputy president.

"They have their own minds and did not vote according to any chai tan or menu. They were not easily influenced as well," he said.

Dr Wee also expressed his appreciation to his opponent Datuk Donald Lim, saying Lim was a well-respected party veteran who had guided him along the way.

As for party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, whom some had described as being soft-spoken, Dr Wee said Liow had proven himself to be a dignified leader because the latter had risen above the criticisms to become the party chief.

MCA line-up 2013-2016

Dr Wee also appealed to the media to give the new team some space by not raising allegations of different camps within the leadership.

When asked if the new line-up was chosen according to a brokered peace plan, Dr Wee said there was no such deal and that the election was a free-for-all.

"The delegates knew who to vote for in the best interest of the party," he said, adding that Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon, who received the highest vote for central committee, was a good example of the delegates' wisdom.

He said the delegates appreciated Dr Mah's position as the sole MCA state assemblyman in Perak, and a leader who had contributed much to the people in the state.

As for his plans in the party, Dr Wee believed the party needed to rejuvenate and attract young voters especially teenagers who would be the new voters in next general election.

"Before this we focus on those 21 years and above, now, we want to focus on those who are 17 and 18, as they will be voters in 2018," he said.

Another painting on the wall — 20m away from the cover-up

Posted: 21 Dec 2013 08:00 AM PST

JOHOR BARU: For the past three months, Pauline See Poh Chen has been spending about four hours during weekends drawing murals on a wall of a pre-war shophouse in Jalan Tan Hiok Nee.

The 37-year-old freelance artist, who works as a principal at a newly opened orphanage, hopes to complete her pencil drawing titled Songs of Dream by the end of the year.

Just 20m away from her mural is the wall of a pre-war shophouse in Jalan Pahang where a mural by Lithuanian Ernest Zacharevic was painted over by the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) enforcement team on Friday.

However, See does not have to worry because she has received permission from the building owner for her mural.

She said her painting was a re-enactment of her childhood fantasy, a scene from Alice in Wonderland where human beings, plants and animals co-exist and live harmoniously.

Meanwhile, Cheng Mau Ni, 31, from Hong Kong, who was having breakfast with her Malaysian husband Chan Min Pio, 36, and her parents in Jalan Tan Hiok Nee said it was illegal to paint on walls of private properties in Hong Kong.

"Our local council will take action, similar to what MBJB has done,'' she said, adding that Hong Kong property owners believed graffiti on their buildings would reduce the value of their properties.

A check by The Star in Jalan Pahang found that the area no longer attracted curious on-lookers after Zacharevic's painting was painted over.

Wisma Putra to help two Malaysians held in Myanmar

Posted: 21 Dec 2013 08:00 AM PST

ALOR SETAR: Officers from Wisma Putra will be heading to Myanmar today to meet the two Malaysians who have been detained by authorities there for fishing illegally in their waters.

The Malaysians, Imran Izhar, 19, and his cousin Mohd Rashidi Ruslan, 26, were arrested by the Myanmar Navy off the Rakhine coast in Myanmar on Nov 24.

Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainudin said Myanmar officials have agreed to allow Wisma Putra officers to meet the detained Malaysians tomorrow.

"They have also allowed the Malaysians to communicate with their families," he said, adding that Wisma Putra would continue to negotiate with the Myanmar government, following the meeting on Monday (tomorrow), for their release.

Earlier, Imran's father Izhar Ahmad, 44, said his son and Mohd Rashidi had left Langkawi for Bangladesh on Nov 17, on Hannah 8 which was supposed to be a cargo ship belonging to Syarikat Image 2000 Sdn Bhd.

He said that policeman came to the house on Dec 4, and told him and his wife Rohayati Mohammad, 40, that their son had been arrested in Myanmar for encroachment.

"We thought he was working on a cargo ship, but it turned out the vessel was a fishing boat. We hope the two youths will be released safe and sound," he added.

On Nov 28, a Myanmar newspaper reported that two Malaysians were arrested by Myanmar Navy for illegal fishing.

Upon inspection, the navy found fishing equipment and diesel.

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