So, the second biggest party in Barisan is going into the mother of all battles on 10th October. The EGM will decide whether Ong Tee Keat will be able to remain as MCA president.
The same EGM will also decide on whether his sacked deputy Dr Chua Soi Lek will be able to return to the party. Indirectly, the EGM can be seen as an extended presidential election for MCA.
A vote of no-confidence against Ong and a support for the return of Chua can potentially put the latter in-charge of the party.
Chua is right to say that the Chinese community is no longer bothered with their tussle. There are many issues which both Chua and Ong did nothing to address e.g. the Teoh Beng Hock death, continuation of the NEP, reform of public institutions, racism in Utusan Malaysia and others.
Chua is evidently an old school leader who believes, like both Lim Keng Yaik & Koh Tsu Koon, that his party needs to use a soft and persuasive approach to deal with UMNO. This action over the years has contributed to the hegemony of UMNO in the coalition.
Chua should refrain from being a pot calling a kettle black. It is evident that his leadership of MCA (more than 30 years) did nothing to help this government to rule more justly. Take a poll now and many non-Malays will be able to tell him that they feel like 2nd class citizens in their mother land.
It is unbelievable that leaders of MCA and Gerakan continue to tolerate UMNO after the Ahmad Ismail, cow head, Utusan racist articles and others.
How different is Chua leadership? What can Chua do to help the Chinese?
The verdict of the March 2008 general election should serve as a good lesson to MCA. The people expect politicians to respect their constitutional rights. No point referring to the Rukun Negara everytime, like Tsu Koon, to point out to UMNO that they should observe respect. It is a cowardice act.
The people want an outspoken, courageous and decisive party to represent their interest. It is time for the MCA leadership to do two things - first, turn multiracial and second, clean up their image and lose the baggage.
Otherwise, Chua can steer his MCA to become more buddy buddy with an unrepentant UMNO and suffer a sorrow destruction in the next general election.
I have an advice for Chua - repent. He said in his interview with Malaysiakini:
Our readers are asking: In view of the sex scandal DVD, why are you fighting? Why didn't you retire after that?
Somebody taped me. I didn't tape myself. If I tape myself and it leaks out, I should go off. Nobody is talking about the person who taped me and why he taped me. Why? Are we going to have this political culture where we film their secret life, or trap them.
No, the problem is not because you did not tape your sexual exploit. You should go because you were caught on tape having an illicit sex with another woman who was not your wife. What can Chua expect the Chinese community to learn from his leadership if he cannot understand such a simple fact?
To Ong and his promise to investigate the PKFZ financial fiasco; a promise is a promise. The people especially the voters of Pandan will know what to do to you come the next general election if this promise is not being fulfilled.
My support for Ong is conditional. He wants the people to help him fight corruption, create a benchmark for managing public projects and to hold the government/contractors etc. accountable for their action.
Good. He got it (the support). Now, lets focus on the delivery. He should start by telling us how he can continue with his endeavour since the newly established Special Task Force does not include him.
Oh ya, please ask for my permission if MCA (under Chua) is going around claiming to represent the Chinese community.
I can live with an arrogant and aloof fellow who does his job well and handle my money responsibly. Who wants to have a MCA president as his karaoke buddy anyway? Maybe, except Tiong.