By LIM SUE GOAN
Translated by SOONG PHUI JEE
Sin Chew Daily
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek has recently accused a deputy minister from the Wanita MCA of lobbying BN component parties to support her candidacy for the Gopeng parliamentary seat. Such an accusation was astonishing. As the general election is approaching, wouldn't it cause confusion to the party?
I personally think that the remarks were not directed to the Wanita MCA. Even though Chua has not been getting well with the party wing, he is actually taking the opportunity to convey two messages.
Firstly, Chua might have been bored by the phenomenon in the party of using back door to seek for candidacy. Former party president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat considers himself as the Pandan parliamentary seat candidate with the highest winning chances and thus, he bypassed the party and tries to fight his candidacy directly from Umno. It is also understood that the move of vice-president Datuk Donald Lim Siang Cai earlier to recommend himself for the Selayang parliamentary seat has displeased the president.
The president's open accusation was meant to tell leaders of all levels that "I'm the boss", to prevent others from following suit.
Secondly, it was also meant to stop local factional problems from going worse. The candidate for the Gopeng parliamentary seat has been decided. If "outsiders" including Chua's crony, Perak MCA secretary Datuk Tan Chin Meng, lobby other BN component parties, disputes might be triggered. Even if the deputy minister from Wanita MCA is fielded to compete the Gopeng parliamentary seat, she might still be held back and as a result, the party would be the one to pay the price.
However, Wanita MCA members might have different views and wonder why the party president has been repeatedly countered against Wanita MCA leaders. From the wing's chief Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, Johor Wanita MCA chief and Gelang Patah MP Tan Ah Eng, Malacca Wanita MCA chief Kian Sit Har to the deputy minister, is the MCA really does not need women's votes? Has the party thoroughly investigated before making the money politics accusation? Why should they notice the world about its internal problems?
MCA Wanita vice-chairperson and Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister Datuk Heng Seai Kie denied that Chua was referring to her, but just a woman deputy minister in the MCA. Money politics is a serious allegation and it could affect the winning chances of Heng in the next general election. The president is indeed too frank this time.
Chua is really a super daring and courageous political leader. He even dared to vowed that the MCA will not join the Cabinet should the party fare worse at the next general elections to drastically motivate members of the party.
Even Umno and Pakatan Rakyat leaders do not have such courage. However, it does not seem to be appreciated by the Chinese community.
It is not enough for Chua to boost morale within the party. He, instead, needs to break through the MCA's political bottleneck and use his courage in seeking national policy changes to win back the people's confidence.
Chua said that the MCA finds many Chinese are actually still having a positive attitude towards the Islamic hudud law and thus, the party will continue explaining. This reflects that the MCA does not actually know what is the priority concern of the Chinese community.
The National Education Blueprint does not recognise Chinese independent schools nor instutionalise the development of mother-tongue education. The Kuantan Chinese independent school approval issue is originated from policies and laws. Therefore, the MCA should correct it.
The MCA is now trapped in a difficult situation filled with internal and external problems. The DAP has been seeking opportunities to attack, while the Dong Zong is condemning the party. If the Chinese community loses confidence in the MCA, it would then fall into another low ebb.
Therefore, the MCA should adjust its strategy to enhance its image. Once it improves its status, leading prestige will be produced naturally and thus, its internal problem can be solved.