The Malaysian Insider - MCA: Between largesse and being intellectual — A. Kadir Jasin.
Apparently MCA President, Chua Soi Lok (CSL), said the Chinese aren’t interested in largesse (or campaign bribes) but fair policies. Now, it doesn't require a rocket scientist to make this conclusion, following the post by-elections analyses for Hulu Selangor and Sibu.
Pak Kadir naturally attempted to shoot down CSL, to show that Chinese have benefitted enormously from UMNO's largesse, even more than Malays. He pointed out: From the outset I agree with him on the part about fair implementation of policies Had government policies been implemented fairly and effectively there would not have been the gaping income gaps among the races states and regions.
Pak Kadir went on to highlight that official statistics that accompanied the launching of the New Economic Model show that 60 per cent of households earn below RM3,000 a month, and 80 per cent of them are Bumiputera households.
However he remained silent about the scores of NEP created billionaires and the likes of Daim Zainuddin, and not forgetting the (Barry Wain revealed) multi-billion ringgit waste that the UMNO-led government had wrecked upon the Malaysian taxpayers.
Instead he centred on personalities such as Vincent Tan and Ananda Krishnan to show that government largesse have benefitted the Chinese and some Indians as exemplified by the above two tycoons.
He wrote: With one stroke of the pen by the finance minister allowing football betting, tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan is richer by RM525 million. His Ascot Sports sold 70 per cent of the business to his corporate vehicle Berjaya Group. If that’s not gargantuan largesse, I don’t know what.
Vincent Tan’s Berjaya Group took off when it was awarded the privatisation of Sports Toto in the 1980s while Ananda Krishnan became an overnight sensation when he was awarded the super-lucrative privatisation of the Jalan Ampang race course and a series of gaming and telecommunications franchises plus considerable seed capital from state-owned funds.
My dear Pak Kadir, you must be honest and ask yourself whose pals are these two? Or are you saying they're typical representatives of the non-Malay communities? Puhleeeze lah, at least be intellectually honest!
And in the context of CSL’s discussion, about the unaccepted pre election campaign of (as an example) RM5 million in Sibu, would you believe me if I declare that Vincent Tan is not really Chinese and Ananda Krishnan not Indian?
They are beyond mere ethnic classification, because they're Immortals, placed on Mount Meru by UMNO bigwigs to live with them.
Though they aren’t the only Chinese and Indian Immortals, they most certainly don’t represent the average member of the Chinese and Indian communities. OK, if you don’t like to use the term Immortals to describe them, then what about Puteras, and of course Puteris for the ladies.
Yes, you can call them the BN-Puteras or BN-connected Puteras.
Thus they’re actually Malaysian political nobility or politically connected nobility, not unlike people like Daim Zainuddin, Khir Toyo, Peh Mor (White Hair) and a host of many others, all of whom you would know.
Now, as a matter of interest, who are the important personalities who have just led Sime Darby into a billion ringgit cost overrun in 4 projects? Never mind, yawnnn, after all what's new in Malaysia?
And by the way, any chance of ordinary Malay, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Ibans, etc (qualified ones, mind you) getting on the Board or into the top management of organizations like Sime, MAS, Petronas etc?
Admit it, you have to be a 'chosen' one, a BN-beautified Immortal, to gain access.
When CSL talked about largesse he wasn’t referring to the Immortals' type of largesse which runs into several hundreds of millions or billions. CSL was talking about the crude form of pre election (attempted but unsuccessful) bribery, and he has been absolutely correct when he stated: ... the Chinese community is no longer concerned with bread-and-butter issues but with intellectual issues such as fair implementation of policies.
Yes, give us mortals and our children equality in terms of, for example, university entries and appointments, careers in the Malaysian Civil Services, Armed Forces and Police, and please don't put invisible obstacles or limiting stops in the path of the non BN people (not necessarily just opposition but non political Malaysians) in ascending on merits to any one of those top positions like the Chief of the Armed Forces or any of the Armed Services, the IGP, the Civil Service and university VC’s.
Make our streets safe again and our public institutions honest, fair and competent.
We in turn would be quite happy to turn over to you any further largesse that UMNO may be planning to give to Vincent Tan, Ananda Krishnan, Khir Toyo, Daim Zainuddin, his erstwhile protégés and all those BN and BN-connected fat cats like Razak Baginda and his astonishing commission in the purchase of submarines.