Is party polls behind MCA’s revamped GE13 slate?

By Jahabar Sadiq
The Malaysian Insider
April 16, 2013

ANALYSIS, April 16 — Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek’s move to drop two senior MCA leaders and put his own men is already causing waves in his party, but will it help Barisan Nasional (BN) in Election 2013 or just the party president in internal polls this year?

And are veterans like former party president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat not viewed as a “winnable candidate” in his Pandan stronghold which is will be contested by PKR’s “expose man” Rafizi Ramli in the May 5 general election?

Ong’s former cohort, party vice-president Senator Gan Peng Siu, has also been omitted from the list announced by Dr Chua yesterday, leading credence to whispers that only the president’s men are contesting the national polls.

Another vice-president, Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, is also not contesting the polls, but the controversial tourism minister said she has asked for the break although there were concerns that her performance has affected BN in the past few years.

“Basically, Chua Soi Lek is preparing for the MCA elections after the GE. Hence, he is dropping all contenders and their supporters,” an MCA source told The Malaysian Insider.

“It is all the president’s men for GE13,” he said, adding the candidates list will strengthen Dr Chua’s hand in the next party polls due this year rather than BN’s defence of Putrajaya.

Dr Chua won a bitter battle with Ong in a requisitioned 2010 party election and the next internal polls must be held within six months of the general election.

It is not known if both will contest in the next party presidential polls but having a victorious Ong could dampen Dr Chua’s chances of keeping the presidency, sources said.

Another source said the party needed selfless leaders but internecine party rivalry has dictated the list given to BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“It’s the same in other BN parties. Internal politics determines who is named for public office.

“It doesn’t matter if they win in GE13 as long as their team wins and controls MCA,” he said.

He pointed out Dr Chua had rather abandoned a few seats and “loaned” them to Umno and the MIC rather than put candidates and fight the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) opposition pact.

“We named people for the Wangsa Maju and Gelang Patah seats but now Umno has taken them and we don’t make any noise. Chua is just focused on party polls, not GE13,” he added.

The MCA is contesting 37 federal seats and 90 state seats, three federal seats fewer than in Election 2008 in what critics say is proof of the party’s decline and shrinking influence over the Chinese vote in recent years.

The MCA divisions in Wangsa Maju and Gelang Patah have expressed anger and have closed their operations room over giving up the seats on fears they could lose due to unpopularity among the Chinese and Umno’s insistence that it stands a better chance of winning.

The smaller number of the MCA’s federal seats will affect its chances of winning at least 15 to equal the number it won in Election 2008. That will force Dr Chua to fulfil his promise of refusing Cabinet posts for not equalling the 2008 numbers.

However, it would seem the revamped candidates list with weaker personalities and reduced seats will have to take a backseat to Dr Chua’s ambition to keep a grip on the MCA in the near future.

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 - 8:02 am

    Who really cares what CSL is up to? Of course he is being a TRUE BLUE EUNUCH, holding on to power at everyone elses expense for as long as he can..But what does it really matter.

    The thing really is Najib dropping both OKT and Ibrahim Ali.. OKT is the obvious “winnabble candidate” for BN but CSL managed to get Najib to drop him. Ibrahim Ali is insisted upon by Mahathir but Najib is dropping him because he is not a “winnable candidate”.

    Najib’s strategy now looks incoherent to EVEN UMNO rank-file. Its not even his defintion of “winnable candidate” – its whatever is convenient for him..

    UMNO/BN machinery should have a lot of problem with what Najib is doing and its clear to everyone he is not going to last beyond this GE..That means a machinery ripe that is ripe to be pushed to open internal warfare.. If that can happen, its won’t be just a marginal win, it will be slam-dunk all the way to Putrajaya for PR..

  2. #2 by chengho on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 - 8:38 am

    not computing glitch like Dapters eh

  3. #3 by lee tai king (previously dagen) on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 - 8:52 am

    Not only will mca lose its pants, its members will disperse and the party will vanish after GE13!

    • #4 by Bigjoe on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 - 8:55 am

      CSL don’t care if MCA loses all seat and all members leave. The party is still worth BILLJONS he can still steal from..

  4. #5 by yhsiew on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 - 9:08 am

    This is the price Ng Yen Yen has to pay for spending RM1.8 million on 6 pages of FaceBook.

  5. #6 by yhsiew on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 - 9:30 am

    It is interesting to see that Najib did not drop his cousin, Hisham and CSL did not drop his son!

  6. #7 by SENGLANG on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 - 1:42 pm

    It is almost there MCA broken ship is 2/3 sink by now.
    Good guys never have a place in MCA only the corrupt and crooks can survive in MCA politic. But this time around it is good as after GE 13 MCA will be perceptually irrelevant.

  7. #8 by SENGLANG on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 - 1:46 pm

    By dropping OTK, Rafizi may have added advantages now. If OTK go independent then Rafizi may have added problem. It is hope that OTK will stay away or jump ship to PR to assure a win by PR. OTK and his allied Gan should seriously reconsider of stay put in this broken and rotten MCA

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