Say ‘no’ to Ibrahim Ali-style politics, Chua

— Francis Loh
The Malaysian Insider
Feb 10, 2012

FEB 10 — Since he is MCA chief, it is expected that Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek would criticise and exchange barbs with his political opponents in the DAP and the other Pakatan Rakyat parties. Nothing wrong with that, even welcomed. But he should not patronise us the rakyat with the usual simplistic and ethnicised arguments, like Ibrahim Ali is prone to do.

For instance, it was reported (The Star, February 3, 2012) that he had resorted to that age-old boring refrain: that the DAP has been misleading the Chinese into believing that a vote for the party would help realise their hopes of getting fair treatment and a top Chinese leader. In fact, for Chua, “Chinese voters did not understand that a vote for the DAP would only help PAS realise its objective of forming an Islamic state and implementing its brand of hudud”.

Chua made these remarks even when the PAS leadership had just sacked the extremist Dr Hasan Ali from the party and got him removed from the Selangor state exco for expressing views and acting in opposition to PR policies and positions that had been agreed upon and adopted.

Earlier, Chua had criticised the PR government in Selangor for not delivering on its electoral promises: “95 per cent of pledges not honoured in Selangor” (The Star, January 16, 2012).

I am not bothered about his criticism of the PR government; nor about how he calculated that it was 95 per cent and not, say, 85 per cent or 25 per cent of pledges that had not been honoured. Rather, I am concerned about how Chua tried to ethnicise the issue by focusing attention on how the Selangor PR government had yet to build a single Chinese school in the state whereas his MCA had succeeded in persuading the federal government to make available land and funds to build several Chinese schools, fought for scholarships for Chinese students, and won them entrance into particular courses in the universities. Kudos to the MCA for achieving these things.

But is the PR government in Selangor all about Chinese schools?

More recently (The Star, February 6, 2012), Chua called upon Penang CM Lim Guan Eng to refrain from being a political “street fighter” and instead focus his attention on resolving woes faced by Penangites like a true statesman.

On closer scrutiny, it is Chua himself who appears to be the street fighter. Do criticise the PR governments for their weaknesses and failures. But don’t patronise the rakyat with silly arguments!

As well, stop spinning the age-old record of old-fashioned ethnic politics. For we are now in a global digital era of building a new politics wherein the rakyat , especially the young, are more concerned about issues of deepening democracy, reforming the economy, and joining hands with people of other races to build a new Malaysia. Say “no” to the Ibrahim Ali-style of politics! —

* Dr Francis Loh is president of Aliran.

  1. #1 by monsterball on Friday, 10 February 2012 - 5:26 pm

    Chua Soi Lek’s tongue has sharpened as 13th GE is approaching.
    He is repeating the same old stuffs…as if he is a man with so much morals and principles in life.
    He has to do his utmost best to please Najib…for all MCA minsters came from the back doors.
    All along….MCA never had majority Malaysian Chinese support and right now…the lowest in the history of MCA party.
    The MCA puppeteers are simply shameless performers.

  2. #2 by monsterball on Friday, 10 February 2012 - 5:45 pm

    Trace MCA glorious history.
    Ex President…Tan Koon Suan jailed for cheating.
    Ex President Ling Liong Sik on trial…cheating RM12.5 billion…from PKFZ.
    Present President….tootsie shown to the whole world.
    Do you honestly believe majority Malaysian Chinese will support MCA?

  3. #3 by Jeffrey on Friday, 10 February 2012 - 6:24 pm

    So if to CSL “a vote for the DAP” tantamount to a vote for DAP’s coalition partner PAS and its agenda of Islamic state/hudud, will a vote for MCA tantamount to a vote for Ibrahim Ali/Perkasa since MCA’s big brother/coalition senior partner, UMNO is silent (read, acquiesced) to what Ibrahim Ali/Perkasa say??? Or it does not follow?

  4. #4 by rockdaboat on Friday, 10 February 2012 - 10:11 pm

    MCA is just as pathetic as Gerakan:

    One is now resorting to lying while the other has no future plan to talk about but harping on history “Lu Chai Bo” in Penang.

    They can talk until their mouth foamed but I will still vote Pakatan. It is a good thing that they do not realize each time they open their mouths, they are adding votes to Pakatan.

    People are just plain bored and tired with their outdated ploys!

  5. #5 by boh-liao on Saturday, 11 February 2012 - 3:19 am

    Dis WIFE-CHEATING LOWLIFE is truly sad n pathetic: STILL harping on DAP, PAS, Islamic state, etc issues, PLAYING racial n religious cards with UmnoB, betul SICKO

    FULL of lies n bankrupt ideas – It’s amazing HOW MCA members can b equally LOWLIFES too; it’s TIME 2 BURY dis BO LO YONG out-dated racist party

  6. #6 by boh-liao on Saturday, 11 February 2012 - 4:04 am

    Dis WIFE-CHEATING LOWLIFE still harping on 华人何去何从, Y no speako on 全民课题, 交通,教育, 就业, 人权, 政府的舞弊, 贪污污桶, 腐败

  7. #7 by Jeffrey on Saturday, 11 February 2012 - 6:43 am

    MCA recognizes that Malaysian Chinese comprises 2 broad groups ie majority (75%) Chinese Educated Group for whom issues of Chinese education (led by of SMEs supported by Dong Jiao Zhong and Chinese media) & culture are pivotal and (2) Non Mandarin educated Chinese (more globalised and with less hang up about Chinese language/culture). CSL attacks PR Selangor for not building a single Chinese school in S’gor is aimed at hearts of majority 1st group though not minds (as its illogical since education is federal and not state matter) and of course MCA has more leverage than Selangor PR on this matter. The other pronged attack – that DAP’s collaboration with PAS via PR coalition is synonymous with tacit acquiescence with PAS’s Islamic State – is an appeal to both groups, which apparently as evinced by last election 308 and subsequent by elections have seemingly swung support to DAP/Pakatan Rakyat.

  8. #8 by Jeffrey on Saturday, 11 February 2012 - 6:54 am

    However MCA is on losing streak as it cannot manage its main problems stemming from big brother UMNO’s side. To be sure UMNO has always been Malay centric with Ketuanan esp with Dr Mahathir pushing it. Dr Mahathir whacked Suqui & labeled Dong Jiao Zhong not only chauvinist but communist and yet most strangely Chinese support in the 1999 GE saved Mahathir when swathes of Malay support went to PAS owing to Mahathir’s perceived cruelty to a Malay leader (Anwar) and yet in 308 and post that, the reverse of Chinese support happened. This phenomenon –why- and how the developments within UMNO as against developments within PR affect its traditional support negatively must be grasped and managed by MCA if it were not to be wiped out in next GE.

  9. #9 by Jeffrey on Saturday, 11 February 2012 - 7:07 am

    There are 2 broad developments that MCA cannot manage thus far. The first has something to do with the Chinese mind. The 2nd minority group (non Mandarin educated) is not the focus. They traditionally support Opposition & DAP whatever happens. It’s the majority 1st so called Chinese language, culture, SMEs entrepreneurial ‘chauvinistic’ group. The main characteristic of this group is a 100% pragmatic outlook. Yes Mahathir attacked Dong Jiao Zhong but under him there were twinning programmes & TAR; yes Mahathir promoted NEP and pursuant to privatization Corruption brought to state of art but he was pro business and these guys thought there was an NEP by pass (Ali baba scheme under malay hegemonic state) that they could economically thrive. For all his “bad” points, they preferred his strong leadership which means although pro Malay centric, Mahathir could enforce parameters against Malay extremists (many of whom his making). Post Mahathir there is a leadership vacuum and free for all…

  10. #10 by Jeffrey on Saturday, 11 February 2012 - 7:19 am

    To the pragmatic Chinese mind of the Chinese majority/mandarin educated group, post Mahathir UMNo lacks the political will to rein in extremists who then made UMNO even more extremist in role reversal than PAS that progresses towards the Centre with the professionals Edrogens having increasing influence. The sudden forging a tripartite coalition alliance under PR offered a viable alternative to MCA in its shoe polishing role within BN firmament in which MCA is led by UMNo in turn led more by extremists! The developments within UMNO (ie shift to right under Perkasa’s pressure) and within PR (ie PAS shift towards the Middle with so called multiracial PKR & DAP playing significant role) are developments about which MCA cannot control and helplessly could do nothing to mitigate! Worse still whereas MCA could get patronage crumbs, post Mahathir and in wake of PKFZ (ex MCA leader accused of cheating Cabinet) they now get morsels of crumbs), so what’s the excitement to be within MCA? The top guys start fighting among themselves, the smaller guys whilst campaigning for MCA openly, may even vote secretly for the opposition for their children’ sake, so to speak.

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