The final nail to its coffin?

by Dr Chris Anthony
23rd October 2012

MCA’s 59th annual general assembly began with high spirits and hopes. Adopting the motto “MCA can deliver” and “Battle without fear”, the delegates tried their best to put up a brave front and display great confidence of victory in the coming most crucial and decisive 13GE. But to many Malaysians who are following the political developments in the country, it was nothing but a great ‘sandiwara’ to try and regain MCA’s rapidly losing support among the Chinese.

There were three excesses that we witnessed at the just concluded MCA General Assembly which goes to show how desperate and jittery the party is with the approaching 13GE which many believe could give a fatal blow to the 63 year old second largest component in the BN,resulting in its demise.These were :

1.Excessive praise for Najib to the extent of idolizing him as though he is the de facto MCA president and savior of the party in the coming crucial 13GE.

2. Excessive attacks on the Pakatan Rakyat for its alledged “failures” in the states under its rule which showed the deep- seated fear for the opposition. People on the ground, including MCA members themselves, especially in Penang and to a certain extent Selangor know the ability of the Pakatan governments in administering the states under their care.

3.Excessive anti-Hudud and anti-Islamic state rhetoric to create fear among Chinese in particular and the non-Muslims in general. The MCA president went to the extent of saying that under the Hudud laws imposed in the Islamic state set up by Pakatan, the Muslims will be permitted to rape non-Muslim women.

The attack on, Mursyidul Am, Nik Aziz Nik Mat, a righteous and highly respected man for allegedly instigating rape of non-Muslim women is not only a blatant lie but illustrates arrogance and rudeness at the highest level.It shows nothing but a total disrespect for a simple,honest and righteous elderly man who is revered by many, Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Will the MCA fare better after the general assembly? Has it succeeded in winning back the Chinese support with its fear tactics of an Islamic state and Hudud laws? What will be the effects on Malay voters who make up the majority in nearly all the ‘safe’ constituencies contested by MCA representatives? Will their attacks on Hudud and Islam go down well with them?

To my mind the MCA came out worse than they were before. Not only the Chinese have lost the little faith they had in it to represent them in the government but it has also lost the very vital Malay support needed to remain in power within the BN. Umno, being insecure itself, may be reluctant to allow them their ‘safe’ seats to contest for fear of losing the seat.

These desperate tactics together with change of the color of their attire at the assembly from its traditional white to blue makes this general assembly a mockery of MCA as the legitimate representative of the Chinese community. Nothing was said about how MCA is going to address the many urgent problems facing the Chinese, non-Muslims and the nation in general. Nothing was discussed about the rampant corruption that is driving the country to bankruptcy, the increasing racial and religious animosity that is threatening the peace and harmony we have toiled to build together and the open disregard for the laws and blatant abuse of power by those entrusted with it.

In fact the MCA General Assembly may have struck the final nail to its coffin as to most Malaysians, the MCA has become irrelevant, so is Gerakan, MIC and to some extent Umno. The demise of these race based parties may be a blessing in disguise as we need multi-racial parties to move forwards to survive in a globalized and highly competitive world.

  1. #1 by cemerlang on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 - 1:51 pm

    It is the jabatan publisiti and that there is no control.

  2. #2 by sheriff singh on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 - 2:00 pm

    Things were really bad at this year’s MCA annual general assembly.

    Even the pin-up girls, the Avon girls, the F1 umbrella girls and models boycotted them. They just couldn’t get anyone even after phoning all the agencies with sweeteners. Its that bad. Real bad.

  3. #3 by bennylohstocks on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 - 2:05 pm

  4. #4 by Godfather on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 - 2:16 pm

    The final nails are being driven into the coffin with hell notes. Mamakthir is hell bent on driving in the last nail, but I think that honour will go to the Malay Chamber of Commerce.

  5. #5 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 - 2:24 pm

    Let me put it this way and the fact it has to be in Malay goes a long way to express my sentiment. It applies to MCA/Gerakan or UMNO..


  6. #6 by yhsiew on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 - 3:30 pm

    ///The MCA president went to the extent of saying that under the Hudud laws imposed in the Islamic state set up by Pakatan, the Muslims will be permitted to rape non-Muslim women.///

    Chua Soi Lek should stop all “sandiwara” as Mahathir has recently made it clear that MCA did not object to making Malaysia an Islamic country, when he declared Malaysia to be an Islamic country.

  7. #7 by SENGLANG on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 - 3:39 pm

    They are saying farewell and thus sing praises to Ah Jib Kor. It seems only doing that will allowed to steal another breath of its political life. But the truth is the voters have seen the coffin has been nailed and the flag has been laid on its top, just wait for the final moment to be carried out for its final journey to its yet to finalise burial site. All are ready to say their last farewell, but have forgotten what the best to say, so most of the love one chose to sing praises not of their leaders or its policies, they sing praises to Jib Kor. All seem to look to Dr. Jib may bee, to give them one more chance to come out from the coffin, may it was not up to the standard yet of the coffin chosen.

    They have forgotten how to say the final prayers so the easiest way is just mumble here and that accusing DAP and PAs seem is the easiest way.

    They have forgotten how to say the final prayers for heaven so they say Hudud is coming.

    The final hour is approaching and fast approaching and they are ready to carry the coffin out is building

  8. #8 by grace on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 - 4:20 pm

    Chua Soi Lek is too carried away with his anti-hudud rhetorics. In fact hudud issue is stale and no one ever bothers about it. He tried to instil fear of loss of investment and jobs into the non-Mudlims if hudud is implemented, but to no avail. His final mistake was he took the issue too far to the extent of insulting Islam. Many Muslims, even though might not agree with hudud, will not ever tolerate this nonsense especially when the laws , suposedly set of laws and punishment specified by Allah in the Koran(definition in online dictionary) , are under incessant attack. The result can be catastrophic for both MCA and UMNO. Non-Muslims are fedup of MCA for telling lies about hudud and the Malays are insulted by its action. The opposition should thank MCA for delivering extra votes to them

  9. #9 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 - 4:25 pm

    Por No snake kow tows 2 NR n UmnoB masters: TQ, O masters, 4 not taking action against me n seks partner while rewarding my dumb son

  10. #10 by lkt-56 on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 - 4:56 pm

    Excessive praise for Ajib-kor? You guys must be dumb not to recognise that it was a brilliant strategy to ride on Ajib-kor’s popularity.

  11. #11 by omeqiu on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 - 6:28 pm

    CSL is desperate. There is nothing he can do to win votes for MCA, This is his last attempt. But then, there are still a lot of idiots who will vote for MCA for whatever reasons. What can we do to convince these people?

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