What Sakmongkol didn’t mention of course was that these two Chinese-based parties lost their credibility with the community they claimed to represent for two main (and related) reasons, namely, their passivity and/or timidity in the face of UMNO aggressive accusations and ethnocentric abuses against the Chinese (pre and post 2008 general election) and their preference to preserve their self interests ahead of those of the Chinese community by remaining silent.
One has now crawled out to
Well, why don’t you f* read the story of Loo Moy Shan which I blogged on in June 2005 in a post titled The Lotus Will Not Bloom For One Man and then come tell us again that Chinese like Loo and his daughters have 'benefitted' from the NEP.
Sakmongkol advised UMNO to dump MCA and the Gerakan and engage with DAP as a far more productive venture for its (UMNO’s) political future.
Ironically, this was what Lee Kuan Yew was angling for when Singapore was part of Malaysia in the new Federation’s early days. Lee wanted the PAP to replace MCA as the Chinese component of Tunku Abdul Rahman’s Perikatan (Alliance Party), but Tunku would have none of that. Tunku was of old world charm where courtesy and loyalty to friends such as MCA leaders mattered very much to his personal values. Compare Tunku’s values to those of contemporary UMNO leaders like Muhyiddin Yassin.
Mind you, not that we (independently of Sakmongkol's views) weren’t aware of the pathetic situation the MCA and Gerakan are in, but nevertheless today proves the first part of Sakmongkol’s words in a poll survey that must have dismayed, demoralized and destroyed Chua Soi Lek and the MCA.
Glump gloomy Godzilla – The Malaysian Insider reported that according to a Merdeka Centre survey, only 9% of Chinese Malaysians consider Chua Soi Lek as a capable leader (of the Chinese community).
And I’ll be merciful and compassionate to my Penang larng Koh Tsu Koon, president of Gerakan and world renowned ‘Headmaster for Report Cards’ for Najib. His leadership rating is best kept a national secret because relatively it would make Chua look so popular (Reminder: ‘relatively' of course wakakaka) that some may be mistaken into believing Chua is the Nelson Mandela of Malaysia [with apologies to the real one in South Africa] ;-).
The second part of Sakmongkol’s advice, for UMNO to engage with DAP, remains on the surface doubtful but as they say, everything in politics is possible. Necessity is the mum of all inventions, and the greatest necessity of all that’s now facing UMNO is no doubt its political survival, namely, to remain as the ruling party after the next election.
Watch out for signs that the federal (UMNO) government is showing chumminess to Lim Guan Eng’s state government, like Najib putting his arm around Guan Eng's shoulders or Rosmah serenading Lim Kit Siang with her fave Chinese song, The moon represents my heart wakakaka.
But I can’t say what the DAP will do should that happen – ask Dr Ridhuan Tee Abdullah, who knows everything including telling Malaysian citizens to bugger off from Malaysia wakakaka.