It would seem that there might have been a falling out between Ong Ka Ting and Dr Ling Liong Sik, his predecessor who anointed him (Ong KT) as Taikoh of MCA.
Of course Dr Ling didn’t say a word about the Chua Soi Lek’s debacle, but his son Hee Leong came out to defend the former Health Minister.
Hee Leong who is also the MCA deputy Youth Chief said: “People don’t invade other people’s private lives for nothing. It’s not fun and there is nothing to gain. (Politicians) have a basic right to privacy like everyone else.”
“Otherwise, we should build special glass toilets with no doors for politicians (so that everyone can see them inside).”
Malaysiakini columnist Josh Hong wrote in Sexual escapades in moron state that Chua Soi Lek had been perceived as an intra party ‘threat’ to Ong Ka Ting and consequentially the latter's alleged dynastic designs. He described Chua as follows:
Being a capable minister with a strong power base in Johor, Chua was also popularly seen as much more charismatic than Ong Ka Ting, the MCA president. Most strikingly, Chua’s command of Bahasa Malaysia and English is impeccable, and he speaks fluent Mandarin despite coming from an English-speaking background. Quite clearly, Chua’s linguistic talents and confidence in meeting the press and the public had all made Ong extremely uneasy and even feel threatened.
Chua’s dedication to the Ministry of Health is evident in his visits to most of the hospitals across the country, and his ability to communicate with hospital staff and civil servants in Bahasa was a tremendous help. He can be critical sometimes, as he happened to be the only cabinet minister who said the government should look into the root causes behind the meteoric rise of Hindraf. In other words, suppression and smearing would be futile to solving the problems facing the Indian community.
Using personal issues to attack political rivals has long been a Malaysian culture, laying bare the serious incompetence of public figures in engaging in rational debate. Hence, when the opponent is hard to beat, the next thing to do is to resort to dirty tricks: second wife, womanizing, possession of porn materials, homosexuality, unnatural sex – you name it. Most hypocritically, many do so in the name of upholding public moral standards, although they stoop so low simply because of bitter jealousy and power hunger.
Hee Leong added to that, shooting across the bow of Ong KT, by stating:
“(Any contest means) giving the delegates a choice, that should be the way. If (people) can’t accept a challenge, they should just get out of the party - get out of the party!”
“We are a transparent party with healthy political culture. We must get to the bottom of this because this is not the president’s or secretary-general’s (Ka Ting’s elder brother, Ka Chuan) party. I was born and brought up in this party too.”
“We have to get the main culprit - not the machai (underlings). There can be many (sacrificial) lambs, but we want the shepherd.”
He was referring to the alleged mastermind of a probable plot behind the tangkap basah* of Chua Soi Lek.
* in flagrante delicto (caught red handed in a sexual indiscretion)Like Ong Ka Ting, Chua Soi Lek has been part of Dr Ling’s Team ‘A’, yet ........
Political pundits claimed that Ling Junior was supposed to be nominated by the MCA for the Labis parliamentary constituency, a seat held by his father before the former MCA Presidnet passed it to Chua.
Now, we all know that Ong KT's brother, Ka Chuan, was knocked out by the DAP in the 2004 general election.
And it’s also well known that Ong KT has been ‘organizing’ the political situation for the entry of his brother Ka Chuan into parliament after the coming election.
That Ong KT has selfishly assumed a second role as the Health Minister following Chua’s exit, instead of nominating a current MCA deputy minister or senior MCA MP to fill that post, strengthened the suspicion he’s holding the ministerial position ‘in trust’ for his Ah Hniah (abang, elder brother).
The perception that Chua, a Ling henchman, had been done by in an alleged sinister honeypot plot must have worry Ling Junior (and perhaps even Senior?).
Has Ong KT done an ‘AAB’ in ‘Mahathir-ising’ his mentor, Dr Ling?
Will Hee Leong be treated in a humiliating manner by the MCA as Dr Mahathir’s son had been by the UMNO hierarchy?
In Malaysian politics, there is no loyalty, no friendship, no sentiment. There is neither friend nor enemy, but only interest.
Dr Mahathir experienced it; perhaps Dr Ling may too.