From Jeff Ooi To USJ-Subang Jaya
I was championing the Local Community cause alongside many of you since 1999. We have seen too much of Malaysia under the present circumstances, and that the general consensus is to make this country better in governance, in legislative process, and in equitable sharing of national wealth along a non-communal approach.
Talk is cheap. Itís now time to walk the talk. I have decided to run for Parliament in GE2008. Itís going to be a Parliamentary constituency in Penang, for me, running on the Opposition ticket.
While I aim to win, so that I could further the cause to bring in a better governance to this country, I am aware of the uphill task ahead.
You may have asked a question that I am often hurled at: Why Penang? And why not Kelana Jaya/Subang Jaya, or Puchong parliamentary seat?
The answer is obvious. Subang Jaya is just a battle. Correcting Malaysia is a whole war.
So we have to take a look of GE2008 from a strategic and tactical perspective.
For example, you are familiar with the corruption and judiciary mess in the country. But are we aware that GE2013 will be based on the re-drawn constituency boundaries scheduled for 2010? What are the chances that gerrymeandering wonít take place blatantly again?
Coming back to Penang.
Penang gives us the platform to craft a model for Future Malaysia. And donít forget, the incumbent Prime Minister come from Penang. Change will have to come from Penang.
You may read more about my personal appeal in details here:
What are my chances?
Standing against the might of the incumbent is tough. Intelligence says I may be facing off with incumbent Penang Chief Minister Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon. I have no fear but the determination to pursue.
That said, the struggle is tough and, as you can see, I will be the little David versus the Goliath. What more, with the 3M that the incumbent commands (using your tax paid?) Ė Money, Machinery and Media.
Thatís why I am appealing to you for help.
Some of you may be laughing at my election budget. Pittance compared with the ruling partyís.
Election Commission allows a maximum expenditure of RM200,000 for a Parliament seat. I am targeting to raise half of the amount from donors at large, and the other 50% from internal resources and my personal contacts.
The money will go into running the operations centre and polling machinery, printing and disseminating of election collaterals (including candidates' flyers and pamphlets running by tens of thousands), ceramahs and feeding the little troop of volunteers who will take leave, drop all tools, to help me.
To all who donate -- no amount is too small, a little few hundreds from here and there will do the job -- I will reciprocate your support each with an autographed copy of my book: i-Witness.
To give me a helping hand, you can Maybank2U / ATM my MBB Subang Jaya Account:
Name: OOI CHUAN AUN.
I will repay by speaking up for Malaysians in Parliament, if elected.
Thus far, I have managed to raised about 7.5% of the target amount, that totals about RM15,000.
Jeff 4 Malaysia