MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek is said to have told the party's central committee meeting yesterday that he would resign if the BN fields arch-rival Ong Tee Keat in the Pandan parliamentary constituency.
Quoting sources, China Press today reported that, apart from Ong, secretary-general Kong Cho Ha and vice-president Ng Yen Yen(right), are not on the list of MCA candidates for the impending general election.
Ong Ka Chuan, former secretary-general and elder brother of former president Ong Ka Ting, will not be asked to defend the Tanjung Malim parliamentary seat.
As for Chua himself, a minister before he stepped down in 2008 due to a sex scandal, the Chinese daily claimed that he will contest but that the seat has yet to be revealed.
Let's leave his threat to resign aside for a few seconds and assess the alleged intentions of MCA (meaning CSL) to drop Kong Cho Ha and Ng Yen Yen out in GE-13. I have to acknowledge these would be bloody wise moves as the two MCA ministers are smelling badly like decomposing rats in a sewer.
Naturally the Ong brothers have been CSL's intra-party enemies so dropping Ong Ka Chuan is a no brainer in the same way as had been his publicly voiced decision, though by indirect inference, to drop Ong Tee Keat when he named Gary what's-his-name as the MCA choice for Pandan.
Internal party strife has been the malaise that has stricken MCA for eons, in a way unlike other political parties' internal strife, even that as acrimonious as UMNO's Mahathir (now Najib) versus Anwar. While other parties seem to emerged from their intra party struggles more or less without much loss of strength, MCA has through its regular fratricides become incrementally weaker and consequentially politically less relevant.
Chua Soi Lek has shown his mean spiritedness in taking action to marginalize Ong TK when the latter is the most popular MCA politician, probably the only one, among Chinese Malaysians.
He has the unmitigated effrontery and outright hypocrisy to tell Chinese Malaysians they would suffer representation in the cabinet if the DAP replaces MCA, yet he wants to deny the Chinese a politician they respect and support and, if I may state again at the risk of sounding like a stuck gramophone record, probably the only MCA politician who's respected and supported by the Chinese community and the only MCA politician likely to win in GE-13 and, if BN wins majority rule, a place in the cabinet.
Yes, Chua Soi Lek has been a bloody hypocrite in his warning to Chinese, because even if his warning were true, he has directly attempted to destroy the only likely MCA representative in a future BN cabinet. Soi Lek talk cock one lah!
In other words, Chua Soi Lek is prepared to destroy MCA by denying the party and their Chinese supporters the latter's preferred choice of candidate and thus their only likely MCA representative in a BN cabinet, all because he, Chua Soi Lek, personally fears Ong TK challenging his party position at some future stage.
Maybe this is a typical story of Malaysian party politics, that of self before party.
Chua Soi Lek may be a wee presumptuous in wanting to contest a seat himself (as the MKINI report stated). He should realize that being supported by the majority of MCA central delegates doesn't translate directly into support by the majority of the Chinese community.
Previously a Merdeka survey (I think) had indicated the Chinese community wanted Ong Tee Keat to be the MCA president, and not him - an indication that the Chinese community don't think like the wheeling and dealing MCA central delegates.
There could be a consequential fallout on his attempt to marginalize Ong TK, where he has undoubtedly antagonized the Chinese community which still support Ong TK.
Now, assuming the MIKINI report has been from a reliable MCA source, he has painted himself into a corner where he would have to resign if Najib announces Ong TK as a direct BN candidate a la MIC's Kamalanathan in Hulu Selangor.
If he does there won't be a single tear shed. But I hope he will do the right thing in his final act as MCA party president and indeed resign gracefully.
Alas, some PKR supporters have asked him to withdraw MCA from BN and join Pakatan, which I opine has been a stupid moronic and imbecilic suggestion. We want MCA to stay in BN so that it can be clinically, completely and crushingly destroyed in GE-13.
[Note: Ong TK won't be affected as it's likely he will be a direct BN candidate, wakakaka].
However, should Chua Soi Lek heed and take up those anwaristas' suggestion, please PKR, he is all yours like CJM wakakaka. After all, your party is a renown taxi sapu.