Recently, its president Dr Chua Soi Lek warned the Chinese against supporting Pakatan Rakyat because "It is obvious that PAS is going to be the dominant party" which is committed to implement Islamic and hudud law in this country.
Dr Chua said the two-party system propagated by DAP would turn into a “two-race system”. He added "iIf all the Chinese support the Opposition, there would be a loss in their representation in the Government.”
I have a few last reminders and questions for Dr Chua:
- When can his party stop flogging a dead horse? Ex-MCA strongman, Lee Hwa Beng, was right to note in his Twitter post that why would anyone fear PAS' Islamic ambition or Hudud when the party has expelled the recalcitrant Dr Hasan Ali. The only ones defending him now are UMNO leaders. PAS has demonstrated its commitment towards democracy and the middle path. Its welfare state agenda should be welcomed as a noble initiative to narrow the gap between the haves and haves-not in the country.
- Chua's continuously using the Hudud issue to threaten and to scare the Chinese into voting for the Barisan Nasional and his party is not going work. Chinese voters know how to do the math. They know that they are the king makers within the competitive Malay political contestation. Can MCA win back voters' confidence by invoking and stroking fear instead of promoting confidence and hope?
- If all Chinese voters supported the Opposition, the latter will become the next government with adequate Chinese representation. It appears that the MCA president is now worried about his wager with the community. He has promised not to take up any ministerial positions if MCA losses badly or perform worse than 2008. This has become a possible reality since the party is still lost in transition.
- Does Chua realize that his flirting with the Hudud and Islamic state issue may eventually backfire on his own party? Since the party has lost the support of more than 70% Chinese voters, it has to defend and secure its Malay support (thanks to the patronage of UMNO) in order to retain most the seats it won in 2008. To the Malay Muslim, Islam is revered and embraced. Hudud is part of the Islamic syariah law and is embraced a part of Muslim life and code of conduct.
Chua should not pour cold water on the nascent two-coalition system. It is viable and good for the country. MCA should focus on its troubling relationship within the race based Barisan Nasional coalition. Despite a lack of action, the discourse and political language within Pakatan Rakyat gives voters and Malaysians a better hope of true unity and mutual respect for all creed and race.
As a proponent of two-party system, I sincerely hope MCA find its way and lead a real reform within Barisan Nasional. To do so, it has to be able to moderate, cajole and persuade UMNO to accept certain terms which are beneficial to the nation such as embracing meritocracy, respect all citizens as equals and formulate policies according to needs and not race.