GE 14 is coming and a desperate MCA tries to find its place in a nation filled with political parties, old and new. It has to do something. It has to attack everyone else.
You name it, the MCA is after it: UMNO, Mahathir, Muhyiddin, the DAP, who else?
MCA’s misplaced priority: Praising China, attacking Dr M
COMMENT | With little else to offer, MCA appears to have firmly hitched its wagon to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in a desperate attempt to stay relevant. No surprise then that they have emerged as China’s loudest local trumpeters.
At a gathering last week with the newly-minted PRC ambassador, MCA president Liow Tiong Lai launched a blistering attack against opposition leader Dr Mahathir Mohammad accusing him of attempting to wreck bilateral relations with China. Mahathir, he said, was “creating unnecessary fears among Malaysians over Chinese investments.”
Attacking Mahathir might, of course, win the MCA some brownie points from Umno but it is unlikely to influence voters. And playing the China card is simply not enough to overcome the party’s dismal record of defending the legitimate interests of minority communities.
Gushing forth enthusiastically about the relationship with China, Liow was also quoted as saying that “relations between Malaysia and China are not built on interest but on genuine friendship.”
What a load of baloney! Only fools build bilateral or multilateral relations on the basis of sentiment. In international affairs, there are no permanent friends or enemies; only permanent interests.
It is precisely this kind of muddled, misguided, mushy-gushy, wishy-washy approach to bilateral relations that have increasingly put us at a disadvantage vis-à-vis China, already a master in the art of bending feeble nations to its will.
Anyone who deals with China will quickly know that they are not sentimental; they know exactly what they want and pursue it with persistence and determination. Behind the smile and sweet talk is an iron fist; just ask our navy commanders trying to enforce our sovereignty in the South China Sea.
Hopefully, our diplomats are not so starry-eyed about China or any other nation for that matter.
What concerns Mahathir, as well as many others, is simply the lack of transparency and the disadvantageous terms we seem to end up with in so many of these China projects. The East Coast Rail Line (ECRL), for example, has been panned by economists as grossly overpriced, economically unviable, and slanted too heavily in China’s favour.
As well, Mahathir is rightly concerned about why we are suddenly borrowing huge sums of money to fund massive infrastructure projects that the government has yet to prove are really necessary.
And for that – for demanding a better deal for Malaysia, for insisting on transparency and proper project governance – the MCA sees fit to slam Mahathir in front of the PRC ambassador.
China is, of course, a close neighbour, a big power and an important economic partner; good relations is not an option but a necessity.
However, wanting to ensure that relations with China (as with other countries) serve Malaysia’s interests above all else cannot be wrong. If the MCA cannot see that, its priorities are clearly messed up.
DENNIS IGNATIUS is a former ambassador.
13 February 2018
Yoursay: Despair driving MCA’s attacks on Dr M
Yoursay: Despair driving MCA’s attacks on Dr M
YOURSAY | ‘MCA must understand public’s concern over China’s state investments.’
VGV: MCA president Liow Tiong Lai, what former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been harping on about China’s relationship with Malaysia is that it leaves much to be desired.
He is not a “stumbling block”, but many Malaysians are aware of our leaders’ habit of getting “commissions” from the inflated contracts awarded.
There would be definitely no sabotage from the opposition, Liow. But you can rest assured if Pakatan Harapan wins, many contracts with China will have to be redone.
Vgeorgemy: MCA must understand the public’s concern over the domination of China’s state investments in this country.
We were at the receiving end of the mainland Chinese Communist Party’s support for Chin Peng’s insurgency not long ago during the Emergency.
Our concern is almost the same as the suspicions of Chinese and Koreans over Japan’s involvement in the region economically and militarily.
MCA cannot ignore this piece of history and should not have belittled the former premier’s concern over the unfettered Chinese government investments in Malaysia.
MCA should respect the rakyat’s concern and should not have permitted mainland Chinese to interfere in our internal affairs.
Vijay47: Over the last few weeks, MCA and to some extent Gerakan, have been carrying out incessant and savage attacks on Harapan and, in particular, on Mahathir. Liow’s latest statement is merely a continuation of that strategy.
What these attacks prove is that these two parties have given up all hope of getting any support or votes from the Chinese, so things can’t get worse and they can only pray that at least the Malays will bail them out come the elections.
Hence, all these measures to disavow any link with the opposition Chinese and to demonstrate that they are still unwaveringly loyal servants of PM Najib Razak and Umno.
Mosquitobrain: It appears that the MCA president really needs a dose of harsh words to wake him up.
As noted by Mahathir, where is the need for the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL) project if it does not impart any technology know-how to the locals, has a questionable return of investment (ROI), uses their own people and building materials from China?
To add salt to injury, all this is at a whopping cost of RM55 billion!
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30 September 2017
Did MCA dump its own?
MCA sacks 76yr-old former ketua kampong as MCA member for being photographed with me when I visited Plentong
DAP will form “senior citizens” branches throughout the country to tap the resources, talents and experience of senior citizens to contribute to the nation-wide campaign to “Save Malaysia from kleptocracy” in contrast to MCA leadership which regards senior citizens as useless deadwood
I want to announce at the DAP kopitiam dialogue in Plentong this morning that the DAP will form a series of “senior citizens” branches throughout the country to tap the resources, talents and experience of the senior citizens, regardless of race or religion, to contribute to the nation-wide campaign to “Save Malaysia from kleptocracy” in contrast to the MCA leadership which regards senior citizens as useless deadwood.
I confess I was shocked last week when I saw the letter from the MCA Secretary General Ong Ka Chuan sacking a former Plentong village chief for nine years, Wong Kong Fook as a MCA member for being photographed with me during my visit to Plentong.
This is utterly mad, devoid of moral principles and standards, and something no sane or rational party or leader would do.
I welcome Wong Kong Fook who has “abandoned darkness, joined light” and has applied and been approved as a DAP member.
The three MCA Ministers and leaders, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (MCA President), Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong (MCA Deputy President) and Datuk Ong Ka Chuan (MCA Secretary-General) should publicly apologise for the crazy, irrational and morally unjustifiable expulsion of Wong Kong Fook, the former Johore village chief for nine years as a MCA member for being photographed with me.
In fact, all the senior citizen members in MCA throughout Johor and Malaysia should protest and demand unqualified apology from the MCA top leaders for the most unfair and shameful treatment of Wong Kong Fook.
Many people from Plentong had been photographed with me this morning during my visit to Plentong, and if they are MCA members, I do not know whether they will suffer the same fate as Wong Kong Fook and be sacked from MCA.
Both Tiong Lai and Ka Siong had been photographed with me at some function or other. Are Tiong Lai and Ka Siong going to be expelled from MCA as happened to this former Johore village chief for nine years, and who had a longer MCA membership history than Tiong Lai, or are there obviously double-standards in the MCA, one for the MCA leaders and Ministers and another for the MCA rank-and file?
After the news of Wong Kong Fook of being sacked from MCA for being photographed with me became public, the MCA leadership was quite embarrassed, and denied that Wong Kong Fook was sacked because he was photographed with me.
If Wong Kong Fook was sacked not because he was photographed with me, can the MCA leaders explain why the former nine-year kampong ketua was sacked from MCA?
(Speech at the DAP kopitiam dialogue at Plentong, Johor Jaya on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 10 am)
16 September 2017
Both Gerakan and MCA, desprate to score political points, blame Lim Guan Eng and the Opposition Govt of Penang.
IT WAS TYPHOON DOKSURI’S DOING AFTER ALL, not Lim Guan Eng’s doing…
Many Malaysians had a small taste of how ravaging a tropical storm can be when the tailwind of Typhoon Doksuri, now lashing Vietnam, swept across the north of the peninsula.
Kedah, Perlis and Penang were hit by the downpour that the tailwind brought, which lasted from Thursday night until yesterday evening.
MCA: Where is DAP’s sincerity in solving Penang’s floods
MCA wanted to investigate why Penang is always effected by floods. Now MCA should ask their own BN why Melaka, Johor and KL? Have balls?
9 Dec 2016
When the UMNO-dominated Perlis legislative assembly tabled an amendment to allow the unilateral conversion of children, instead of voting against the amendment, MCA’s Titi Tinggi assemblyman Khaw Hock Kong walked.
Selangor MCA had held a protest against DAP for its continued ties with PAS in the Selangor state government.
Now MCA has egg all over its face!
MCA to summon rep who walked out of Perlis legislative assembly over child conversion law
Last updated on 9 December 2016 – 02:14pm
PETALING JAYA: MCA’s Titi Tinggi assemblyman Khaw Hock Kong will have to explain his “walkout” from the Perlis legislative assembly when it passed an amendment to allow the unilateral conversion of children.
MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong said instead of walking out, Khaw should have expressed the party’s stand that a minor’s religion is to be determined by both parents as enshrined in the Federal Constitution.
“Our party leadership is of the view that Khaw should have expressed our party’s firm position of ‘ibubapa’ (father and mother) during the debate in the state assembly.
“Our president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has summoned him to provide an explanation to the MCA central committee which will convene a CC meeting on Monday,” Wee said in a Facebook posting last night.
On Thursday, an amendment to Perlis’ Administration of the Religion of Islam Enactment 2006 has allowed either one parent to convert their child to Islam.
The amendment was tabled by Perlis Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man.
Thirteen assemblymen (12 from Umno and one from PAS) of the 15-member state assembly voted in favour of the amendment.
Khaw abstained from voting, while PKR’s Indera Kayangan representative Chan Ming Khai voted against the amendment.
8 Dec 2016
There were 60 protesters…
Selangor MCA protests against DAP-PAS link
Selangor MCA held a protest today against its DAP counterpart over DAP’s continued ties with PAS by being part of the Selangor state government.
Some 60 protesters demanded that Selangor DAP pressures Menteri Besar Azmin Ali to sack PAS members from the Selangor executive council, failing which DAP should quit the state government.
The Selangor MCA contingent began its protest about 11am, chanting “the wolves are are in collusion”, “DAP betrayed its principles”, “DAP sold out the Chinese” and “Dissolve DAP”.
We are here in DAP selangor hq wondering whether MCA is handing us a memorandum or not
MCA datang hq DAP Selangor.. tak reti tulis surat dalam bahasa kebangsaan. Kesian
@ShakirAmeer tak faham apa diorang cakap.
‘YOU’RE WORKING WITH WORLD’S BIGGEST THIEF NAJIB RAZAK & YOU DARE TO QUESTION DAP?’ – DR M FLAYS ‘UMNO APPENDAGE’ MCA
7 December 2016
MCA: Mahathir to blame for dismal state of Indians
Ex-premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad and supposedly racist policies under his rule are to be blamed for the decline of the Indian community in the country, claimed MCA.
“In fact his racially inclined policies have partly retarded the growth and progress of the Indian community and some single him out for the sorry state of the Indian community today,” the Chinese party’s Religious Harmony Bureau chairperson, Ti Lian Ker, alleged in a statement.
Ti was returning fire to Mahathir’s dig that the party is an opportunistic “Umno appendage” that has abandoned its founder Tan Cheng Lock’s principles, by its blind support for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
Dr M hits out at ‘Umno appendage’ MCA
Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad today trained his guns on MCA, following the latter’s attack on DAP for associating with the ex-PM.
In a scathing blog post, he asked MCA to reflect on its association with “kleptocratic” Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak before attacking the DAP-Mahathir alliance.
“MCA should not talk about principles as it is just opportunistic. It is not the MCA of Tan Cheng Lock.
Dr M, allies the real political opportunists, says Ti
PETALING JAYA: MCA’s Ti Lian Ker has fired back at Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s latest blog post, pointing out that the former prime minister and his newfound opposition allies were the real political opportunists.
“Mahathir should be the last person to talk about principles.
“In fact, he and his opposition friends are all political opportunists who are ganging up for their political agenda and personal vendettas.”
He was referring to Mahathir and former Umno members, including Muhyiddin Yassin, joining forces with those they once regarded as political foes to oust the prime minister.
Mahathir had claimed that MCA leaders were opportunists and dismissed the Chinese-based party as merely “an appendage of (prime minister) Najib Razak’s racist Umno”.
Ti, who is also MCA Religious Harmony Bureau chairman, said MCA had become the target of attacks by the opposition because the party did not take cheap shots at its opponents.
“MCA doesn’t resort to attacks below the belt. We always have respect and decorum,” he told FMT.
“We will not stoop to their (opposition) level of mudslinging and hurling unfounded slander at other parties. We will never do that.
“We have always been dignified and will continue to maintain our decorum to both our friends and foes.”
Yesterday, Liow questioned DAP’s moral compass, accusing the party of lacking principles and a spine for working with Mahathir.
However, Mahathir claimed MCA working with Najib, whom the former prime minister called a “kleptocrat”, was worse.
He pointed out the US Department of Justice implicated a senior government official it called Malaysian Official 1 (MO1) of receiving US$731 million in misappropriated 1MDB funds.
Mahathir added that Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan had confirmed that MO1 was indeed Najib.
“Of course the MCA thinks this is okay. That is the MCA’s principle which it must cling to.
“It must be proud that it is supporting Najib who is involved in the world’s biggest fund case as alleged by the Department of Justice,” he said.
“MCA obviously supports Najib’s racist play by saying that if Umno loses to DAP, there would be a Chinese as prime minister.
“Or maybe MCA just wants to apple-polish Najib, principles be damned,” he said.
Mahathir, who attended the DAP convention last weekend, insisted that DAP was a multi-racial party.
He noted that the convention was conducted wholly in the national language and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng also stressed that the party did not want the prime minister position.
Mahathir added that the party supports Federal Constitution provisions on the monarchy, Malay special privileges, national language and Islam as the official religion.
“I am with DAP and the other opposition parties because I don’t want to be associated with Najib and his kleptocratic government.
“For MCA everything that Najib has done is okay. So stay with him. And that means MCA has no principle.
“DAP has upheld its principle to have clean elections, to have democracy and to fight for a clean government.
“MCA is as kleptocratic as Najib,” he said.