The MCA and Chua Soi Lek: Najib had suggested “political Viagra” before GE 13…

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THERE WILL BE NEW LEADERS AFTER THE MCA ELECTIONS BUT WHETHER THERE IS ANYTHING NEW TO ATTRACT THE CHINESE SUPPORT THEY HAVE LOST REMAINS A BIG QUESTION.

MEANWHILE, NAJIB TAKES A DIG AT THE MCA, AT THE EXPENSE OF CHUA SOI LEK OF VIAGRA INFAMY:

“We need some political viagra… We ask the health minister to provide the medication,” he said to laughter from the floor at the opening of the 60th MCA annual general assembly.

Malaysiakini

MCA needs a shot of political viagra, says Najib

 

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today recommended that MCA needs a does of “political viagra” to boost the party’s flaccid morale.

“You have the members, you have the people, but it’s like, the flesh is there but the spirit is weak.

“We need some political viagra… We ask the health minister to provide the medication,” he said to laughter from the floor at the opening of the 60th MCA annual general assembly.

Najib was emphasising the need for MCA to re-invigorate and resuscitate itself.

MCA needs a shot of political viagra, says Najib

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In the May 5 general election, the MCA won only seven parliamentary seats and 11 state seats out of the 37 parliamentary seats and 90 state seats it contested — less than half the federal seats it took in 2008.

THE PRESENT IS ALREADY BLEAK, AND THE FUTURE? WILL THE MCA BE CONFINED TO SHADOWLAND. A PLACE WHERE IT EXISTS BUT ALWAYS IN UMNO’S SHADOW?

MCA lost badly. Why? For being UMNO’s DOG….

THE END OF THE MCA AS WE KNOW IT….

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James Chin, Senior Visiting Research Fellow, The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, “…the most sensible approach is for them to work with enlightened Malay politicians who are willing to accept the Chinese as full citizens and isolate those who continue to call the Chinese pendatang (immigrants).”

Malaysian Insider

What’s next for Chinese politics in Malaysia?

May 24, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, May 24 — The only way forward for Chinese politics in Malaysia is multiracial politics, according to an article in the Singapore Straits Times today.

Writing in the Singapore daily, James Chin said Chinese politicians must win positions in multiracial parties not because they are Chinese but because they are accepted as Malaysian leaders.
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Chin wrote that the New Economic Policy (NEP) caused the Chinese community to ask: should we support MCA or the opposition DAP to show our frustration with NEP’s ethnic discriminatory policies?

While the Chinese towkays decided that they had to support BN to “do business”, ordinary Chinese wanted it both ways, he said.

He said the Chinese essentially split their vote; a smaller portion voted for the MCA/Gerakan while the majority supported the DAP. Another way was to vote for MCA/Gerakan at the state level while giving the parliamentary vote to DAP. This “split vote” tactic lasted more than two decades — until the 2008 general election.

“In that GE, the Chinese, including the usual apathetic middle class, decided it was time for change and threw their support behind DAP. In this year’s May 5 polls, the Chinese hardened their attitude and basically wiped out MCA/Gerakan in all 22 Chinese-majority constituencies. And for the first time in Malaysia’s political history, Chinese-majority constituencies in Sabah and Sarawak voted en bloc for the DAP,” he said.

He said the Chinese essentially split their vote; a smaller portion voted for the MCA/Gerakan while the majority supported the DAP. Another way was to vote for MCA/Gerakan at the state level while giving the parliamentary vote to DAP. This “split vote” tactic lasted more than two decades — until the 2008 general election.

“In that GE, the Chinese, including the usual apathetic middle class, decided it was time for change and threw their support behind DAP. In this year’s May 5 polls, the Chinese hardened their attitude and basically wiped out MCA/Gerakan in all 22 Chinese-majority constituencies. And for the first time in Malaysia’s political history, Chinese-majority constituencies in Sabah and Sarawak voted en bloc for the DAP,” he said.

He wrote that having it “both ways” no longer works. “A new generation of young Chinese do not want to play it safe. To them, Malaysia is their homeland and they do not see why they should be treated as second-class citizens when it comes to politics. To them, what is wrong in Malaysia is best exemplified by the ethnic-based approach of the BN.

“In a globalised world, the young voters see themselves as global as well as Malaysian citizens. They do not want to participate in ethnic and religious politics, the norm thus far in Malaysian politics,” Chin wrote.

He said the most sensible approach is for them to work with enlightened Malay politicians who are willing to accept the Chinese as full citizens and isolate those who continue to call the Chinese pendatang (immigrants).

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/whats-next-for-chinese-politics-in-malaysia/

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Malaysiakini

New cabinet a prelude to MCA infighting

ANALYSIS While many had expected the exclusion of MCA representatives in the newly-minted cabinet, the announcement by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak on Wednesday may just be a prelude to a new round of MCA infighting.
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In the wake of the disastrous defeat, MCA announced that it would stick to its decision not to accept any government post in keeping with the party’s resolution at its annual general meetings (AGMs) in 2011 and 2012.

However, many believed that MCA will return to the cabinet if Chua is ousted by his ambitious rivals, who would pin the blame for the party’s loss as well as the AGM resolutions on the embattled party chief.

Even Najib has anticipated the move by reserving the transport minister’s post for MCA. The ministry is temporary helmed by Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein until MCA has resolved the issue.

This is seen as indicating that MCA will soon overturn its earlier AGM resolutions.

Anti-Chua camps sharping knives

MCA will hold its party election later this year. With incumbent deputy president Liow Tiong Lai, Youth chief Wee Ka Siong and former secretary-general Ong Ka Chuan winning in the general election, the three MPs could team up to mount a challenge against Chua.

In an interview with KiniTV, political scientist Phoon Wing Keong said if Chua insists on party leaders rejecting government posts, it will intensify the party infighting.

“I believe the other MCA MPs will not accept this. If Chua persists, the main agenda for the party election would be on whether MCA should return to the cabinet,” he said.

New cabinet a prelude to MCA infighting

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WHY WON’T CHUA SOI LEK RESIGN NOW?

Malay Mail

GE13: ‘What was Chua’s plan?’

President’s handling of party points to suspicious motive, say insiders

WHAT’S next for the second largest political party in the country? With a membership of about 900,000, the future of the MCA under the leadership of Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek remains uncertain, if not altogether bleak.

*Another party insider argued that right from the start, it was Dr Chua’s design that he would be able to influence and control all delegates.

“He was always two to three steps ahead. He masterminded the entire saga to ensure no MCA representative would make it to the Cabinet so as to cut off potential challengers with clout and power of patronage.

*“Dr Chua can walk away tomorrow and I assure you the MCA will not collapse. The one obvious reason anyone would cite for him staying on would be to orchestrate his son’s rise in the party.

“That may seem the obvious reason, but the recent unravelling of things points to a much bigger picture … is he aiming for the jewel in the crown? MCA’s moneymaking venture … The Star?”

A veteran pointed out that he could cite reasons such as dipping circulation figures to pave the way for a management buyout.

http://ge13.mmail.com.my/2013/05/what-was-chuas-plan/

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REMEMBER DONALD LIM OF ‘DON’T MAKE US EAT EGG’ INFAMY?  He contested in the May 5 general election for the federal seat of Selayang, but lost to PKR’s William Leong by 17,846 votes.

Malaysian Insider

MCA may need to accept other races, says Donald Lim

By Emily Ding
May 18, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 — The MCA may have to open its party membership to other races after its worst result in history in Election 2013 as it cannot just bank on the Chinese vote, says the party’s Selangor chief Datuk Donald Lim.

He said the Chinese component party under the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) government should look at the bigger picture and take into account the reality of the urban-rural divide, rather than a racial one, as reflected by the election results.

“The MCA probably will have to move away from being a race-based party. Maybe the party constitution will have to be changed to allow other races to come in,” Lim told The Malaysian Insider.

“This is a different century. These days we are multiracial and people need to move forward and mix around freely. At this juncture, it is better to open up to serve the people better,” he added.

When asked about the possibility of merging all BN component parties into one, Lim said: “It’s a good suggestion but it will take a while because Umno is still doing quite well so they might be resistant to it.”

However, he said it may be an option for the MCA to merge with other BN component parties such as Gerakan and the Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) to become a stronger force.

Gerakan won only one parliamentary seat of the 11 seats contested in the 13th general election, and only three of the 31 state seats it contested.

Some quarters have also been calling for BN to offer direct and multiracial membership into the coalition rather than only via its component parties, a suggestion Lim was also agreeable to while acknowledging that it may herald the end of some component parties.

“If BN offers direct membership then slowly the component parties may start disappearing, but of course some may stay on if they are strong enough,” he said.

He also conceded the possibility that the move could eventually herald the end of the MCA if the party did not bolster its strength and popularity.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/mca-may-need-to-accept-other-races-says-donald-lim/

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