In brief, he is annoyed with MCA for not behaving like Gerakan, PPP or the other BN component parties who were/are all happy to have handouts from Taiko. I love his description of those fawning non-UMNO leaders, for example, "Koh Tsu Koon will be eternally grateful if he can have a safe seat. His loss of Penang has exposed the emptiness of his rule over Penang those years. These are the people who get wet dreams during daytime" wakakaka.
But the MCA caused him some grief. He lamented: The MCA would have none of that. They don't want UMNO to big-brother them. They want to decide equally. Chua Soi Lek's MCA flails against anything UMNO these days. Decision making at UMNO Supreme Council, the 30% wealth owned by Malays, but never on who owns the 70% wealth. Indeed with everything UMNO has accomplished, does and will do.
So why do we keep MCA around anymore? Send it to pasture and let's see what those MCA ministers without office and governmental power can do. Let's see what Ng Yen Yen can do in Raub or Leow the unhealthy health minister can do.
He also excoriated Liow Tiong Lai for failing as a Health Minister. Well, I have no quarrel with that but Dato’ should know that Liow calls Najib “our beloved PM” wakakaka, and no doubt Najib has a soft spot for Raja Bodek.
Anyway, I see two items in his article worth discussing, namely:
(1) His criticism of Chua SL attempting to question the 30% wealth allocated for Malays, but never on who owns the 70% wealth, and
(2) Booting MCA out from BN. He stated: Since the MCA cannot deliver anything to the BN, it should be let loose. Probably its time for UMNO and BN to cultivate allegiance with other Chinese centric parties. Or from the Chinese directly. They are a practical and pragmatic lot. Just show and implement what they want and MCA is irrelevant.
On his first point, I agree with him, but strictly on a qualified basis that if a proper, fair and equitable distribution of national wealth had been implemented, the Malays rightfully should get 70% and the others 30%.
But note my qualifications, “…proper, fair and equitable distribution of national wealth had been implemented …”.
The point is the above has not been achieved in the last 52 years of UMNO rule (let's not pretend it wasn't UMNO which ruled and is still ruling the country, all by itself). In the latter stages of UMNO's half century of rule, the government's policies on, and implementation in the distribution of national wealth was horrendously fraught with corruption!
Some would argue that more than 70% of the national wealth had already passed into or through
Be that as it may, assuming hypothetically that 70% of the national wealth is in non-Malay hands, say, as examples, Vincent Tan and that bloke Liew, a developer who said the Chinese have benefitted enormously from NEP, we must then ask about their amazing good fortune to come into such wealth-making opportunities and indeed whether their affiliations have anything to do with it. C’mon Dato’, we aren’t kids who were just born yesterday and are still sucking mummy’s toes. We all know there's no such thing as a freebie in this world, and that applies as well to Vincent Tan.
Dato’, I am not supporting Chua Soi Lek in the least, but look, when he was posturing by saying things he believes would appease the Chinese voters, he actually made a motherhood statement. But like all motherhood statements, he spoke a truth where the solution may not be so easy nor likely to be achieved. Mind you, not that he really cares because as mentioned, he was merely posturing.
But to be fair to Chua, he has no choice. He knows he has to do something, anything, to be seen as ... well ... doing something or anything wakakaka, even if he has to offend UMNO, because the MCA is currently a walking dead. What is there for him or MCA to lose anyway? For Chua and his MCA, it's a case of do or die.
The reason non-Malays question the 30% for Malays is not so much they begrudge Malays receiving a fair share of the national wealth, but that this 30% represents an open cheque-book by stealth for UMNO leaders (not Malays) to plunder the national coffers.
The magic 30% has been why someone in Selangor received millions for not doing anything in a hospital project. It is also the magic that transformed a former railway gate guard into a powerful man, when he was alive, who could even own a palace, building it with all sorts of council rules being ignored or broken, and who opened satay shops in places where others couldn’t. Guess why someone could receive a RM700 million commission in a submarine deal when the Malaysian government could have save that by dealing directly with the French manufacturer?
It also explains why Malays in some parts of Kelantan still live in shacks with no electricity and young kids perilously cross broken bridges on a daily basis while on their way to school - Related: Kelantan's Bridges of Death - and the central government talks about RM5 billion ringgit building or spending millions so that a bolehnaut can live in space.
On his second point, personally I like to see UMNO kick MCA out. Maybe some good will come out for MCA members. As for Dato's suggestion that UMNO cultivates “allegiance with other Chinese centric parties. Or from the Chinese directly” well, here's what I think!
“Cultivating allegiance with other Chinese centric parties”! Oh oh Dato', did you mean the DAP that UMNO members have been accusing of being a solely Chinese party? Puhleeeze lah, surely not a sneaky attempt to enervate DAP a la what Tun Razak did to Gerakan in 1972? It'll be a mere swap of MCA for the DAP. I remember you mentioning this before, for UMNO to drop MCA and court DAP instead. Why Dato', I didn't know you're such an unfaithful flirt wakakaka. I am sure DAP people would say thanks but no thanks.
As for appealing directly to the Chinese, I believe developer Liew and Vincent Tan will give their maximum support wakakaka, but I’m not sure about the rest of the Chinese, people like Foong Ah See and brother Ah Man, who unlike Mr Liew (or probably Datuk or Tan Sri Liew) haven't benefitted from the NEP like he has - Related: 2 fallen by the wayside.
But Dato’ Ariff, you should remember (as I was informed) that there are some 60 federal seats in Peninsula, with Malay majority (hence to be likely contested by UMNO against PAS/PKR) but with significant number of Chinese voters. Alas, I know you won't like it but their polling outcomes may depend on the crucial minority Chinese votes.
Go ahead, I wish UMNO all the best.