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|Yang Berhormat Jelutong George Town
Jeff Ooi Chuan Aun
|Member of the Malaysian Parliament
March 8, 2008
|Preceded by||Lee Kah Choon (BN)|
|Political party||DAP - Pakatan Rakyat|
|Occupation||Member of Parliament|
Ooi Chuan Aun (Chinese: 黄泉安; pinyin: Huáng Quán'ān) (born c. 1956), better known as Jeff Ooi, is a Malaysian IT consultant by profession, an ex-blogger, photographer and politician. He is currently the Member of Parliament for Jelutong in the 13th Malaysian Parliament.
He is from a small town in the northern Malaysian state of Kedah. He was brought up among rural teenagers and is trilingual, being fluent in Mandarin, English and Malay.
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Jeff Ooi used to write a blog known as "Screenshots..." which he started on January 2, 2003. It covers current issues relating to Malaysia, mainly on politics. From time to time, it also touches on international news and photography.
Jeff Ooi's blog has been dubbed "Malaysia's Most Influential Blog" by Malaysiakini, a local online news publication known for its difference in stance with the mainstream media. In 2005, Screenshots won the Asia category of the Freedom Blogs Awards given by Reporters Without Borders.
Jeff Ooi also administrates a photography forum called Lensa Malaysia, which receives 200,000 page views per month. He is also the founder and administrator of USJ and Subang Jaya's own community forum usj.com.my, and was hired by CNET Asia as a tech blogger alongside other CNET Asia bloggers. He named his CNET Asia blog Lemak Lemang, a reference to coconut-flavored sticky rice stuffed in a bamboo container traditionally prepared by Malays.
Entry into politics
In 2006, it was reported by The Star, a local English language daily, that Ooi was among several local bloggers being wooed by the opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP) to run for public office. Ooi, who was at the time a member of Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (Malaysian People's Movement), a major party in the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition government, stated that "it's too premature at this point" for him to consider entering active politics.
|Year||Parliamentary seat||Votes||Majority||Total voters||Opponent||Turnout|
|2008||P50 Jelutong||30,493||won by 16,246||46,406||Thor Teong Gee (BN - Gerakan)
Badrul Zaman bin P.S. Md Zakariah (Independent)
|2013||P50 Jelutong||43,211||won by 25,750||61,441||Ng Fook Onn (BN - Gerakan)||86.2%|
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On January 11, 2007, Ooi, alongside Ahirudin Attan, was sued by the New Straits Times Press. The Malaysian court ordered Ooi to remove more than 10 postings on his blog that the NSTP claimed were libellous by January 17. Ooi is prohibited from republishing those postings in his blog or on the internet until the disposal of the defamation suit filed by New Straits Times Press (NSTP). The lawsuits are the first of their kind in Malaysia. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has defended legal action launched against him, saying the Internet was not exempt from defamation laws. This lawsuit has spawned the Bloggers United campaign to defend bloggers and the freedom of expression, and Jeff Ooi and Ahirudin have chosen to defend in court. The situation resulted in the coverage of Malaysian blogging on various newspapers. A fund has also been set up to protect bloggers and support their activities, entrusting the fund to Marina Mahathir and friends.
Jeff Ooi called Mohd Razali Abdullah, a Penang Municipal councillor, an Islamic extremist. This has caused public furore especially from the Muslim community because while Razali is a member of Jemaah Islah Malaysia (JIM), the organisation itself is a registered body and has a close tie with Ooi's party's youth wing, Penang DAP Socialist Youth (Dapsy). It gave the impression that Syariah Law is extreme and Muslims are extremists. Chief Minister of Penang, Lim Guan Eng has ordered Ooi to retract his statements and apologise publicly. Ooi finally withdrew his statements after denying previous calls by certain parties, as an adherence to his superior's order. However, he did not offer any apology. He continued on criticising Razali.  The Islamic religious leaders association of Penang (Persatuan Ulama’ Malaysia cawangan Pulau Pinang) has launched a signature campaign to the public to support the demand Jeff Ooi to resign from office for his demeaning remarks on Muslims and Islam in Malaysia.
Notes and references
- Puah, Pauline (Jan. 18, 2007). NST sues Jeff Ooi, Rocky for defamation. The Sun.
- "Election strategist among new faces". The Star Online. 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2008-02-12.
- Blogs lauded in 'freedom awards'. (Jun. 17, 2005). BBC News.
- Tan, Joceline (Nov. 26, 2006). Cyberspace talent search. The Star.
- Media statement by Jeff Ooi, DAP Malaysia, July 31, 2007.
- "Screenshots: Jelutong". Ooi, Jeff. 2008-02-21. Retrieved 2008-02-21.
- Lim, Ai Lee (2008-02-14). "DAP rockets into Penang eyeing seven parliamentary seats". The Star.
- Ooi, Jeff (Jan. 18, 2006). Bloggers sued in Malaysia. Screenshots.
- "Court gags Malaysian blogger". Retrieved 2007-01-19.
- "Malaysian PM defends legal action against bloggers". Archived from the original on 2007-01-26. Retrieved 2007-01-25.
- "MP urged to apologise for calling JIM an ‘extremist organisation’". Retrieved 2009-08-07.
- "Signature campaign demanding Jeff Ooi to resign". Retrieved 2009-09-09.
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