Friday, March 26, 2010

In a public opinion survey done by the Merdeka centre, it was reported that 67% of the Chinese respondents in Peninsular Malaysia say that MCA is still relevant and 62% of all eligible respondents agree that the party is still relevant.

The Malaysian Mirror Chinese Editionhas a follow-up report on this.

China Press also has a report on the similar topic.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010









Thursday, March 11, 2010

"Kingmakers and comedians" by Matthias Chang

This piece Kingmakers and comedians from The Malaysian Mirror (original piece: Barisan Nasional Will Pay A Heavy Price For The MCA Fiasco!) written by Matthias Chang shows us how some of the present MCA leaders acted. Barisan Nasional leaders including MCA leaders and members should really perceive the message Matthias Chang is trying to convey.

Kingmakers and comedians

THE 'kingmakers' of the MCA, whether from within or without, have always paid a heavy price at the general elections for having insulted and abused the intelligence of the Chinese voters and the community.

The comedy of (former deputy president) Dr Chua Soi Lek and (former vice-president) Liow Tiong Lai boycotting the party’s AGM, sheepishly followed by the heads of the Youth and Women’s wings, is an indication of how far down these leaders have degenerated into the gutter level of subservient politics.

One cannot but question the motives of these political comedians when they and their supporters submitted their resignation as central committee members a few days before the AGM.

These same political charlatans have previously agreed to hold the AGM on March 7.

Their infantile theatrics

The AGM is the highest decision making body of the party, for that matter any organisation.

So, what was it that instilled so much fear (or what were the inducements offered by the kingmakers) that they deemed it fit to scuttle the AGM at the 11th hour?

Whatever may be the case, their very actions have smeared the integrity of the party which they have professed to protect and redeem as a result of the MCA's political defeat at the last general elections in March, 2008.

In their attempts to embarrass and humiliate the president, they have actually insulted the Chinese community by their infantile theatrics!

They could still have their elections after the AGM, by having 21 members of the central committee resign in accordance with the party’s constitution.

But, it is a reflection of their stupidity and mental subservience to outside forces to think that by toppling the president, party unity will be achieved by a new team of second rate leaders, not yet matured enough to assume leadership roles.

Tragic blunder against Chinese support

Time after time, when the Barisan Nasional was perceived as having screwed up the electorate, the Chinese voters would take it out on the MCA, even though the party may not be responsible for the mistakes made.

In 1999, when the Malay voters swung to Anwar, the Chinese rallied behind Dr Mahathir Mohamad for his tremendous efforts in overcoming the financial crisis of 1997/1998 by way of showing their appreciation.

The voters swung against the Barisan Nasional in March, 2008 because of the inept leadership of the fifth prime minister Abdullah Badawi. But the MCA and Gerakan paid heavily for Abdullah's mistakes.

It is utmost stupidity - if not political suicide - to humiliate the MCA when the non-bumiputera and non-Muslims voters have yet to swing back to the Barisan Nasional.

It may be that the kingmakers take the view that a compliant MCA will help make Umno look stronger and in control, thereby securing back Malay votes.

There may be other considerations but if the net result is the humiliation of MCA, then it is a strategic blunder and it will be next to impossible to win back the support of the Chinese voters.

If the kingmakers really think that non-Muslims votes are irrelevant, think again. Swing votes win elections, especially when the opposing parties are evenly matched.

Be assured that the likes of Chua Soi Lek, Liow Tiong Lai, Wee Ka Siong and Chew Mei Fun will be defeated at the next general elections.

I forecasted the massacre of MCA candidates in the March 2008 elections, on the Wednesday preceding polling day and I was proven right.

Count on it that I will be spot on in my forecast again for the next general elections. And because of this fiasco, the result of stupid meddling of kingmakers within and without MCA, there will be a hung Parliament, a first in Malaysian politics!

Barisan Nasional is forewarned!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

How difficult to have a sensible mind in politic!

MCA has scheduled 7 March 2010 to have its AGM in a Central Committee Meeting held in January 2010.

However, due to the the resignation of the 8 plus 13 central committee members on 4 March 2010, which trigger Article 41 of the Constitution of The MCA, the remaining committee members had at a meeting on 5 March 2010 maintained that the AGM scheduled on 7 March should go on as planned.

Traditionally, the AGM of the BN component party shall be officiated by the BN Chairman, that is PM. However, due to the internal problems at the moment, it's not easy for the PM to decide either to attend or not to attend the AGM of MCA.

Either way will be misconstrued by the MCA members on this matter. Now it's clear that BN Chairman, Datuk Sri Najib Tun Razak will not attend and officiate the AGM.

Reading together Articles 33 and 41, the remaining committee members of the MCA has absolute right to administer the affairs of the Party, and they had according to the Constitution decided that 28 March 2010 shall be the date for the EGM and the AGM shall go on as planned.

Articles 33.1 stated that: The General Assembly shall consists of :the members of the incumbent Central Committee. Meaning those who have resigned shall have no right to attend the AGM unless they are: elected delegates in the division, MP or ADUN, MCA State Chairman or MCA Division Chairman.

This clearly doesn't nullify the AGM scheduled on 7 March 2010. Having and attending AGM as planned is just the duty of the central delegates. What is sad is that a tradition has been broken! And this is not a good sign!

Thursday, March 4, 2010