Monday, March 19, 2018

Ignored wisdom of Chua Soi Lek

MM Online - Soi Lek: MCA should have stayed out of Cabinet after GE13 (extracts):

KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 — MCA’s negative public image may have been avoided if the party had stayed out of the Cabinet following its dismal performance in the last general elections, its former president Tan Sri Dr Chua Soi Lek said.

The former health minister reportedly said that the ethnic Chinese community would have not regarded the party with such disdain had they done so.

“I think if MCA had insisted on staying out of the Cabinet, we would have more room to manoeuvre,” Dr Chua was quoted by The Malaysian Insight portal.

Dr Chua had led the party during the last general elections in 2013, and had declared the party would quit the Cabinet if they performed worse than the 2008 polls.

The party later won only seven parliamentary and 11 state seats, which saw its leaders resigning from all Cabinet and senior government positions.

But at an Extraordinary General Meeting in February 2014, MCA under the leadership of Dr Chua’s successor Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai voted overwhelmingly to accept all government posts, including as ministers.

Much as many don't like him, chiefly because of his infidelity, one to which he admitted to, what he has said is quite true. To wit, MCA should have remained OUTSIDE the cabinet, and today the party would have been less blamed and scorned.

Mind, not that anti-BN Chinese would have come to love MCA, wakakaka, but they would find less reasons to hate it more.

MCA first major disaster was in 1969 when the original Gerakan (in combination with PPP and DAP and in a less formal MOU with PAS) demolished it, especially in Penang.

The (late) Dr Lim Chong Eu had then won the state election by a landslide - yes, t'was the days when major political election victories were called landslide victories and not "tsunami" as it is now described, probably because Malaysians hadn't heard of the tsunami word until the Boxing Day 2004 tsunami.

But Liow Ting Lai was far too eager to be in the cabinet thus when he became party president he rushed pell-mell into accepting cabinet posts. Thus Liow and the MCA must now share the general dislike for the BN and accept in full the dislike and scorn of Chinese Malaysians.

Today, Liow and his MCA face the greatest and probably their last battle as the DAP seeks to destroy it forevermore. Much as my MCA friends may be annoyed, I have to say there's no doubt the MCA will suffer fatal defeats unless kesaktian occurs, wakakaka.

But Chua Soi Lek has not been completely blameless. One of his greatest wrong to the Chinese Malaysians was his political destruction of One Tee Keat, probably the most popular MCA leader among Chinese Malaysians in 2012-3 (results from a poll). Wee Ka Siong was also in that cabal which saw the marginalisation of Ong Tee Keat.

disliked by UMNO especially Hishamuddin for revealing corruption amongst education officials

See my 2009 post 

Why Ong Tee Keat is worth supporting and saving!

Ong Tee Keat was once described in a Malaysiakini article by columnist Neil Khor, my fellow Penangite and an erudite writer, when then Khor aptly titled his article ‘Fatal Purity’, no doubt borrowed from the title of a book by Ruth Scurr who wrote of Maximilien Robespierre.

A quick synopsis of the book in The Observer said: 'Fatal purity' refers to his [Robespierre] reputation for probity in politics and domestic affairs. His nickname in Paris, deserved by all accounts, was 'the Incorruptible'.

He sought power for no reason other than to liberate the people of France from tyranny. He was obsessed with the idea of virtue, in politics and in private, although somehow that didn't stop him sending hundreds of people to their deaths.

And that was what probably gave the sh*ts to Najib and UMNO about Ong. I’ve just read a Malaysiakini letter which stated [extracts]:

Support for Ong Tee Keat, with his agenda of a clean and accountable government would force the same onto MCA, and therefore onto the entire Malaysian political landscape.

I see this as a turning point for Malaysia and as a foreign businessperson this is good news - it's good for business! […]

So the outcome of the MCA EGM, far from being just an internal leadership tussle, I think will have a major impact on all of Malaysia.

So, at least for now, Ong Tee Keat has an important symbolic role to play which helps the current Umno and BN leadership to continue with a progressive political mandate.

Alas, it was not too be. But it could or might have force UMNO to stand in line with a purity fanatic like Ong Tee Keat.


  1. Chua Soi Lek was the toast of many a middle-aged Chinese male, for his VCD demonstration of mature-aged virility.

    Salut !

  2. Ong Tee Keat has a nickname 師爷 that fits perfectly well with his character - cautious, sly by half, egoistically sway with the blowing winds.

    His eventual downfall from politic were the interpays of these 3 opposing forces.

    As a politikus, he has not learnt the art of his ancestorial trace of lang boasi lang, kui boasi kui. Thus, ZILCH achievements!

    Thus, it's an over complement to say Ong Tee Keat, with his 'agenda of a clean and accountable government' would force the same onto MCA, and therefore onto the entire Malaysian political landscape!

    He COULDN'T & he WOULDN'T & he was still put out to the pasture.