Wednesday April 18, 2012
the air on MCA roadshow in SS19 Subang Jaya
By THO XIN YI
Photo by MUHAMMAD SYAMIL JOHAR
Kelana Jaya MCA has refuted
claims that it was recruiting phantom voters by
assisting foreigners to apply for permanent
residency and citizenship.
Its chairman, Ong Chong Swen, was
responding to comments from Subang Jaya
assemblyman Hannah Yeoh, who alleged the
political party of the wrongdoing through her
blog, Twitter account and a press conference.
“I strongly condemn Yeoh’s
accusation. As a law graduate and people’s
representative, she should not mislead the
public and defame her political opponents
without checking her facts,” Ong said.
In her blog post dated April 16,
Yeoh drew attention to the MCA Roadshow in SS19,
Petaling Jaya, last Sunday and alleged that a
counter had been set up for foreigners to apply
for permanent residency and citizenship.
Ong condemns the accusation by Yeoh.
An accompanied photo showed the
event flyer, which extended an invitation to
those who are applying for PR and citizenship to
meet Deputy Home Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong
at the roadshow.
Ong clarified that it was MCA’s
ongoing effort to help locals and foreign
spouses to apply for permanent residency and
“We were informed that many
people, be it Malay, Chinese or Indian, face the
same predicament. They could not work or go
“In the last two years, MCA has
helped tens of thousands of people to solve this
problem and become Malaysian citizens,” she
She added that Lee suggested to
them to set up the station during the roadshow
for the public to enquire about the application
“Immigration Department officers
were on hand to explain the details and
distribute forms and brochures.
“We don’t know the exact number
of visitors who dropped by the station that day
but we believe no one submitted the form on the
spot because they need to provide copies of
necessary documents,” Ong said.
She added that three out of four
successful people, who submitted their
applications earlier, received their
certificates from Lee during the event.
“We’re here helping the people
and yet DAP is twisting the facts and stirring
up people’s emotion,” she said.
Ong criticised Yeoh for not
dropping by the roadshow to see the real
situation before making the statements via
“The event was still going on
when she tweeted about it. She could have sent
her assistants to the venue if she couldn’t make
it herself,” Ong said.
Kelana Jaya MCA Youth chairman
Lee You Hin said the wordings on the flyer might
have led to a misunderstanding but it was
impossible for MCA to help non-eligible
foreigners to get permanent residency and
A SS19 resident, Teo Yook Yeng,
said he was roped in by Ong to help coordinate
the station for the roadshow.
His handphone number was included
in the event flyer as contact details, and he
was unhappy that Yeoh had published the photo of
the flyer in her blog.
“My number was intended for
Subang Jaya residents only and not a nationwide
audience,” a disgruntled Teo said.
Teo, who has lived in SS19 for
over 20 years, said he received calls from
people who wanted to find out more about the
application after the 2,000 flyers were
distributed, as well as after Yeoh blogged about
“Among the callers were Taiwanese
mothers who are still holding red ICs although
their children have already graduated from
“I advised them to attend the
roadshow to meet the relevant department. I only
served as a platform to organise the event and
help those in need,” he said.
Kelana Jaya MCA would make a
police report over the matter.
When contacted, Yeoh said Ong’s
response was “expected”.
“Is the population of foreign
spouses and eligible non-citizens in Subang Jaya
great enough for the deputer minister and
Immigration Department to come for the purpose?”
Yeoh also claimed that there were
phantom voters registered in Subang Jaya and the
burden of proof was on the MCA.
On Teo’s frustration, Yeoh said
the flyers were distributed publicly.
“They shouldn’t complain if their
aim is to help the people,” she said.