11 March 2019
MCA grassroots are caught in a dilemma of their party’s making – on the one hand, the party is unable to push for the dissolution of Barisan Nasional and on the other, it faces the daunting task of finding a suitable partner for future alliance.
Some grassroots are also upset with the party for keeping mum on the Umno-PAS cooperation.
Selangor MCA chairman Ng Chok Sin said the party needs to be realistic on its future plans.
“We need to be realistic. If MCA quits BN, we still need to partner up with someone and the only other available partner would be PAS. It can’t be PAS, can it?
MCA wants to reform the power structure within BN, he said, to move away from Umno being the dominant partner.
Yong Peng MCA division chief Ling Tian Soon said party leaders must hit the ground and explain to the grassroots about the current political situation.
“The grassroots know full well what MCA is facing, but we hope to get a clearer explanation,” Ling said.
The grassroots understand the necessity of alliances with other parties but there are currently no suitable partners, he said.
If MCA remains with BN in its current form, the grassroots won’t be able to accept it, Ling added.
“That’s why reforming BN and the restructuring of power within the coalition is of utmost importance. Let BN return to the time of its founding when MCA, Umno and MIC were equal partners.”
The BN supreme council agreed to form a technical committee to discuss reforming the coalition but the MCA grassroots want to see progress on the matter, he said.
BN’s decision to reject Mohamed Nazri Aziz as secretary-general because of his disrespect towards MCA also appeased the grassroots a little.
On the other hand, Gan Ping Sieu, who contested the party presidency last year, said the party is in a precarious position and there is no turning back.
“MCA at its last annual general meeting, which could be a crucial turning point, chose to remain in BN and give up its own independence.
“And Umno is already working with PAS, so it is obvious that remaining in BN is for short-term political survival,” Gan said.
Gan, the Kluang division chief, said such short-sighted political strategies are drawing backlash from the grassroots, some of whom do not understand why the party continues to put up with such humiliation.
Worse, he said, MCA will be unable to regain the people’s trust, especially among Chinese Malaysians.
“We should not forget that, in the past, MCA, including me, strongly opposed PAS becoming a national party. Now, we are instead choosing to work with Umno, which is already cooperating with PAS.
“This contravenes the most basic of our party’s spirit,” Gan said.
Party veteran Yap Pian Hon said the leadership’s indecisiveness when it comes to leaving BN only pushed MCA into a deeper hole.
“I think the party should be self-reliant and not depend on others. There is no charity in politics. The party needs to stand on its own again and nobody can help us do so,” he said.
MCA’s flip-flopping on whether to leave BN also hit its credibility hard, adding to the grassroots’ confusion over its future direction, Yap said.
If the party does not even have a strong base to stand on, he said, the only way left for the party to go is down.
Asked if the party chose to push for BN’s dissolution instead of leaving outright because of monetary benefits, Yap said there is no financial gain for staying in the coalition.
MCA only has its own weak leadership, short-sighted political goals, lack of a clear political direction and strategy and the failure to determine sentiments on the ground to blame, he said.
the malaysian insight
3 December 2018
Zahid: The MCA is nothing without Umno.
KUALA LUMPUR: Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has advised MCA to take stock of its position in the country if it wants to remain relevant, following its decision at the annual general meeting last night to pass a resolution for the dissolution of Barisan Nasional (BN).
“We respect the decision, and I am sure they know what needs to be done to strengthen their party,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby today.
“They have only one parliamentary seat, and what’s more, it is a Malay-majority seat.
“So they must know their actual position if they want to stay relevant in the country’s political landscape.”
The resolution passed by MCA last night was to make way for the formation of a more effective coalition.
MCA president Wee Ka Siong said only one delegate had disagreed with the move.
Zahid said the party leadership had proposed the dissolution of BN to him last week.
He added that he would discuss the matter with the other BN component parties.
“MCA must know that it has no right to propose the dissolution of BN, even though it was just a suggestion.
“They must know that any decision must be made with the consent of other parties, too.”
Meanwhile, Umno secretary-general Annuar Musa said it would in fact be easier if MCA left the coalition.
He added that MCA was not part of the decision-making process.
9 November 2018
The curtain has fallen on the MCA party elections, with incumbent deputy president Wee Ka Siong defeating his opponents Gan Ping Sieu and Ngoo Teck Keong to ascend to the top.
Wee’s camp was also making significant advances in the race for other party positions. Mah Hang Soon was elected the new deputy president while Lim Ban Hong, Tan Teik Cheng, Ti Lian Ker and Yew Teong Look were elected VPs.
The results herald the advent of the new “Wee-Mah” era, but as the new leadership is basking in the euphoria of victory, what lies before them is a very tortuous and difficult path of rebuilding the party.
MCA is finding itself at the crossroads. The party must rethink its future direction and implement the necessary changes to adapt to the new environment.
Even though Wee’s camp has scored an impressive victory in the just concluded party elections, after the dust has settled, the new leadership will have to start fixing the internal factional problems, as evidenced by the vicious attacks occurring during the recent party elections. Uniting the party again is the number one task the new leadership has to embark on.
That said, MCA’s biggest challenge is to win back the lost confidence of Malaysians. According to the polls, almost 95% of Chinese Malaysians voted for Pakatan Harapan in GE14, meaning MCA has lost the support of overwhelming majority of Chinese voters. This is without the slightest doubt a very major setback for a predominantly Chinese political party.
The new MCA leadership must decisively introduce pragmatic reforms to win back the trust of Chinese Malaysians.
As a matter of fact, the party has persistently said it would reform and reinvent itself but has unfortunately not put in enough effort to win the hearts of voters.
The Malaysian politics has delivered itself out of the age of BN monopoly into an arena of stiff competition. Old political tactics and strategies are no longer applicable today.
MCA must decide which way it is headed to, and this includes a decision on its position in BN.
4 November 2018
25 August 2018
Balakong by-election: Cheras voters spoilt for choice in Thursday night ceramahs
Thursday, 23 Aug 2018
He also pointed the hypocrisy in the new Sales and Service Tax, where caskets and infant food were also subjected to these taxes.
“Lim Guan Eng used to criticise the Goods and Services Tax for being a cradle to grave tax, don’t tell me this isn’t same,” he said.
25 August 2018
10 May 2018
Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong of BN wins Ayer Hitam. making him the sole MCA rep
24 July 2018
Why Dr M answered for Guan Eng? Two possibilities, claims Wee
There are two possibilities why Dr Mahathir Mohamad replied to a parliamentary question on behalf of Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng when they both attended the sitting yesterday, claimed BN’s Ayer Hitam MP Wee Ka Siong.
If a prime minister had to answer on behalf of a minister during a question-and-answer session in the Dewan Rakyat, then the prime minister must have thought that his subordinate is incompetent, Wee said.
“The prime minister had no confidence and felt that the minister was incapable of answering, thus he responded on Lim’s behalf.
“But in the case of Guan Eng, he was a two-term chief minister. He is not inexperienced nor incompetent to answer the questions himself,” Wee said when contacted.
“Guan Eng said the prime minister has the right to do so. While I am not questioning his right, I think it was something rare and sudden.”
Wee said another possibility is that Mahathir wanted to set a precedent of answering questions not only on behalf of the finance minister, but even on behalf of all other ministers in the august House.
“He wants to be able to answer on behalf of any minister if needed to do so,” added Wee, who is MCA deputy president and the only MCA member in Parliament.
“But looking at Mahathir’s record, it is nothing strange, for that was what the prime minister did (ran his administration) before the setting up his cabinet.”