Mighty is God on high,
Ruler of His people below;
The last two lines 'To begin well is common; To end well is rare indeed' applies most poignantly to what I want to blog on in this post.
It's about the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA - 馬來西亞華人公會) or as Penangites call it informally (abbreviated name), Ma Hua.
Ma 馬 is the short form for Ma-Lai-Say-Ah (馬來西亞) or Malaysia, and Hua 華 stands for Chinese, thus Malaysian Chinese Association.
Incidentally, Hua 華 also means glorious, though at this point in time, there is nothing glorious about Ma Hua, no, not with its leadership begging for crumbs - see Malaysiakini's Please don't make us 'eat egg', S'gor MCA tells voters - and worst of all, its party president Chua Soi Lek's lack of gumption as evident in his reluctant resistant reprobate refusal to stand against Lim Kit Siang in Gelang Patah, ironically a MCA hor siew (tiger's lair or stronghold).
In CSL's refusal to meet Lim Kit Siang in a MCA stronghold as his predecessor Lee San Choon did with Dr Chen Man Hin in Seremban, a DAP stronghold, he demonstrated to the world that Ma Hua is now ingloriously and most definitely not a representative of Chinese Malaysians.
The word Hua, if spoken in a different tone or written in its unique Chinese character, can also stand for flower, and which was why I had written in an earlier post MCA - three strikes and you're out! about hibiscus flowers in a haiku.
Initially for my haiku, I had thought of referring to a flower more identified with Chinese (Oriental) culture like lotus, chrysanthemum or peony etc, but I finally decided on the hibiscus as, apart from being our national floral symbol, it's quintessentially Malaysian in character.
In that post I had enacted a scenario where a courageous CSL, for his personal honour, prepares himself for his final combat with his nemesis Lim Kit Siang, in a showdown to show who Chinese Malaysians support as their representative. I had written:
Visualise a Chua Soi Lek preparing for his final battle in Gelang Patah knowing he will probably lose (I know it’s difficult but let’s try anyway). He drinks three cups of wine as gestures of apology to his god(s), family and especially to the Chinese community for the sins of MCA, and pens his final political poem a la the 5-7-5 syllable haiku:
|Chinese 'new villages'|
|MCA's candidate in Gelang Patah?|
|MCA on right|
|Once MCA President|
Stanley Koh, a former head of MCA research unit in FMT's Should we pity MCA? in reference to Donald Lim's begging the Chinese for votes and Ong Ka Chuan's 2008 similar shameless appeal, wrote:
|Donald Lim: 'Please don't let MCA eat egg'|
According to Stanley, MCA has more than just a passive role, when he informed us:
Stanley Koh has been completely spot on that Ma Hua, no longer its once glorious self, deserves no pity.
There have been some allegations that DAP move into Johor has been more than just winning seats, and about deliberately killing off MCA. While that is debatable, there isn't any need for such alleged DAP action.
|Hmmm, which one is the MCA candidate?|
What has become cheerlessly crystal clear in the last couple of weeks is that MCA has killed itself, thanks to the actions or non-actions of its party president Chua Soi Lek.
The mountain had awaited you
But you choose instead a miry swamp
Alas, no lotus are you