Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Starting the Machinery

With the Machap electoral campaign winding to a close, I've certainly learnt a great deal in terms of running an election campaign. And with the next general elections expected within the next 12 months, the experience could not have come at a better time.

Don't ask me where I'll be standing in the next elections because nothing has yet been finalised, and in politics, always expected the last minute changes. However, that shouldn't stop me from preparing all the other stuff which can be done over the next few months, before the mad scramble during the election period.

But I certainly can't do it alone. I'm looking for dedicated and competent people to help with my campaign. People of all talents are required, from technology, to writing (all languages), to design, to statistics, and in particular, meticulous organisation capabilities given the complexity and intensity of Malaysian electoral campaigns. Some may also be assigned roles in the national election programmes, not just my own.

I'm looking for people interested in working full-time, whether short-term for the period until the general elections, or even longer term after that. I certainly can't hire everyone, hence I would certainly welcome dedicated individuals who are willing to contribute their expertise to the campaign on a part-time basis as well. Or if you have friends who may be interested, let them know.

It is certainly exciting times ahead, but the work starts now. I need people who are strong with team work, and who are happy to put aside individual egos, for hopefully the better good. A lot of people of contributed fantastic ideas, and I'd certainly look to putting them to practise. But without a strong, competent and dedicated team, I will be but 1-man, and 1-man certain isn't enough.

This is certainly a good time to get exposed to actual campaign machinery during an election which recurs only every 4-5 years, and is probably a good experience for many with some hint of political (or related) ambitions. Most importantly, win or lose, it is most important to know that we have run the campaign to the best of our abilities, and we enjoyed ourselves doing so.

Email me @ tonypua(at)! ;)


Anonymous said...


You have one more "trial run" coming up - Ijok by election although I think DAP should be taking a supporting role in favour of a Keadilan candidate. But believe they would have a platform for DAP to speak as well.

Definitely let people around know that you are looking for good people. However one thing that you didn't mention was the wages involved because this is going to be a full time thing.

Golf Afflicted said...

Full time of course got pay-lah. Just don't expect to get any where near rich working for DAP can oredi ;)

Even part-timers, depending on the work involved, will possibly have some allowance.

;) Tony

Trashed said...

You should stand in an urban area such as PJ or KL, where your philosophy, politics and economics have a ready audience.

Anonymous said...

I notice many readers in your blog are quite some fans of yours. Many of them from different backgrounds probably won't mind lending their hands for the electoral campaign for those who're willing to reach out.

While you already have a blog channel stationed, have you thought of posting a volunteer section? This way it unveils more insights that may attract the shy and hesitant outsiders to show support. Internet is a great way to communicate these days and many tasks in fact can be done over the internet.

The objective of electoral campaign is really about reaching out to increase people awareness, and to let the voices to be heard, rite?

Anonymous said...

Tony...You challenge Lee Hwa Beng!
That fellow put a lot of misery for Subang Jaya folks!

DAP for Subang Jaya!!

Anonymous said...

Singaporean should not be involved in Malaysian politics. But let me say a few things, and hope Malaysia improves.

1) For 7 days, walk, drive, eat at different times of the day around the areas you want to contest in. See, hear, feel what is right and wrong.

2) Obtain a town map.

3) Look at the traffic flow from pt 1.

4) Redesign roads and infrastructure on a progressive 3-5 phrases for 10 year period, with allowances for change.

5) Identify sources of funding.

6) Draft proposal/manifesto.

7) Identify channels of communication (of your views, etc)from point 1.

8) Plan your communication over a 12 month period. Ensure your get "top of the mind recall" every month for 12 months.

9) Good luck.

And yes, we Singaporeans are waiting for you to progess, so we can work and earn good money in your cities too.

And stop thinking within Malaysia only. It makes you shallow.