The ongoing leadership fiasco in MCA is both self-inflicted and unproductive. It is difficult to imagine how the party can walk tall after the intervention of UMNO leaders.
First, it is a political problem created by MCA leaders. The leadership had wanted to implement reform by putting the party on a higher moral ground. This did not work.
It was supposed to promote a birth of new MCA. New MCA the party is no longer since the leadership has decided to accept, reinstate and recognise a so-called 'tainted' leader.
The party leadership can no longer walk on a moral high ground. Some leaders in the party led by the embattled VP Liow Tiong Lai are accusing the leadership for being undemocratic and unprincipled.
It was indeed a high stake game for the president, Ong Tee Keat. This episode serves as a good lesson for him. Know thy self, know thy enemies. A hundred battles and a hundred victories.
How much does Ong know his strengths and weaknesses? Does he appreciate his supporters and be grateful for the support he received when he promised to walk his talk on the PKFZ scandal?
It is a promise he cannot walk away from and hope to receive the same degree of enthusiastic support in the future. I had said earlier that the scandal will either make or break him.
However, it is not clear if Ong can win the war. He may have survived some battles and may yet lose the war.
What is clear that if MCA leaders cannot resolve their own problem and require the intervention of UMNO, it will limp out of the fiasco. It will not ever walk tall amongst the Chinese community again.
As a party, it should focus much of its time and effort to reexamine the relevance of the party within the larger political milieu.
What is obvious is that Chinese Malaysians are more supportive and receptive of a non-racial political model. This is a natural reaction of any minorities in any societies.
Not wasting its time on petty and unproductive squabbles and power struggle.
With the intervention of UMNO, neither Ong-Chua nor Liow-Wee would end up as winners. Both factions are losers. Both factions will be rejected by voters.
What is the aim of capturing power and losing influence?