Bored diners tuck in at large MCA-Gerakan unity dinner

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It was a full house of around 2000 diners at the MCA-Gerakan unity dinner along Jalan Raja Uda in Butterworth last night – but not everyone was paying attention to the main speakers who included Ng Yen Yen.

Check out the diners paying little attention to the speakers:

Teng Hock Nam urged the crowd to vote for any Barisan candidate whether from Umno, MCA, Gerakan or MIC. Ng Yen Yen touched on the Kancil car park fiasco at Penang Hill. She mentioned something about the lack of cinemas in Kelantan, congratulated Umno for a ‘progressive’ general assembly’, and tried to get the crowd going with 1Malaysia chants. In between, speakers alluded to the DAP pandering to Pas in terms of budget allocations for certain target groups and Pas’ inclination for hudud laws.

Gushingly, Yen Yen declared the MCA-Gerakan unity dinner a historic occasion. The crowd acknowledged her solemn proclamation by heartily tucking in even more food.

Finally, it was time for the sing-a-long with everyone on stage swaying We-are-the-world style with the BN theme song (We are with you – or something to that effect). And then a gangnam dance on stage by a young troupe. That was a bit unfortunate as I couldn’t help thinking about that other animated gangnam Youtube video featuring an MCA leader which has gone viral.

As for the crowd response, I would say one third (especially those sitting at the back and either side) had turned up with their families and friends focused on enjoying a sumptuous meal. They paid little attention to the speakers despite the sound system being set at full blast and Ng Yen Yen prancing around the stage doing her best to whip up some enthusiasm. And they looked bored while waiting for the next course, and the course after that…

The other one third looked mildly or vaguely interested and the remaining third (I’m being generous here), probably the MCA party faithful, applauded the speakers enthusiastically but their attempts at cheer-leading fell flat as the rest of the crowd failed to take the cue.

Why did most of the crowd stay on till the end? One reason was that the servings of the various courses were timed to perfection, so that by the time the speeches concluded before 10.00pm, there were still a couple of courses that had not yet been served.

Well, maybe this is the MCA-Gerakan’s idea of reaching out to the unconverted or the floating undecided voters – i.e. not preaching to the choir. But by the looks of it, last night’s dinner crowd showed up with the main objective of making the most of the feast.

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Mata Kuching
Mata Kuching
6 Apr 2013 3.38pm

MCA syok sendiri….if they give free makan…enjoy the makan…but when comes to vote, vote Pakatan !

Albert
Albert
5 Dec 2012 11.59pm

Anil, are you sure the diners are bored. Tomorrow All the MSM headlines reports the opposite. Full house dinner shows the chinese swaying to BN.

Yang
Yang
5 Dec 2012 10.27am

Shouldn`t we be talking about urgent issues concerning the people than lack of cinemas. All the more we should vote out UMNO BN and their sycophants from Malayan Cheap Association, Gilakan and MIC

Aidil
Aidil
8 Dec 2012 10.32am
Reply to  Yang

You can q-up as USM to meet najib for your Pr1ma unit.

Jong
Jong
5 Dec 2012 8.21am

Pathetic MCA, Gerakan – these scrap collectors must be so desperate to have to come together for this joint-dinner. In the ‘good ole days’ they’d kill each other’s political career to get a low govt position dropped by Umno!

sallangtioman
sallangtioman
5 Dec 2012 8.09am

They say, whatever you want to do,there has to be an objective.
Here, Gerakan and MCA thought they got their objective, right.
However, the guests came with a different objective.
To ‘give face’, EAT and never mind who were the ‘Yang Berhormats’
BN has to give FREE food, provide FREE transport in order to gather some crowd.
Somehow, BN has lost the ‘pull’ factor. Their speeches do not have the ‘uumph!

Ong Eu Soon
5 Dec 2012 6.59am

Self consolidation

Andrew I
Andrew I
4 Dec 2012 11.36pm

MCA and Gerakan holding hands. Times must be getting hard, like aging pop and rock stars who kiss and make up to do a squeeze-the-hits-one more-time-tour.

Everyone eating and not paying attention to anyone with a mic. Is this a wedding dinner?

ERIC
ERIC
4 Dec 2012 7.12pm

If the candidate is a stupid fool, you MUSt vote him also.. What a stupid statement by Teng Hock Nan.

mark
mark
4 Dec 2012 5.30pm

This is like what their ‘porn’ president said-“siok sendiri,sendiri bikin,sendiri siok”

bigjoe99
4 Dec 2012 3.31pm

This is Chua Soi Lek’s “got money anything is possible” … strategy..

Kramer
Kramer
4 Dec 2012 2.48pm

Free makan but had to endure the rubbish talk from MCA.
Time is hard for many poor people so the makan is a good deal so long as they keep their ears shut.

sheik
sheik
13 Dec 2012 11.02am
Reply to  Kramer

well said!