MCA is obviously desperate. Its President said that the party is not afraid to side its main foe DAP on issues that would benefit its race. MCA seems to fire missiles to everyone and everywhere in its desperate attempt to be relevant to the Chinese and Malaysian.
Soi Lek slammed Hishamuddin and Muhyiddin and he called on these 2 leaders to understand the situation faced by MCA and should not be unnecessarily fearful with the 13 resolutions of the just concluded Chinese Economic Congress.
Yesterday Muhyiddin was stressing that inequitable distribution of wealth would run a chance of political cataclysm like what had happened in 1969. Soi Lek was agitated by the DPM’s statement and warned Muhyiddin not to play a war-drum and keep on reminding about the incidence that the Chinese themselves do not want to see it to recur.
Soi Lek detested the statement by Hishamuddin calling for MCA to continue on with the BN struggles and he (Soi Lek) took Hisham's statement as a reflection of UMNO's distrust on MCA as the main component of BN.
"In multiracial country like us, we can’t play the zero-sum game as we are going to be a nation which is continuously going to be trapped as a middle income nation" he said. Chua advocates that Bumiputra be given price preference in certain economic sectors when the economy is liberalized for open tender.
Chua also called for gradual reduction on the 30 percent quota for Bumiputra and replace it with price preference to let the Bumiputra to compete with other productive races in the country.
Muhyiddin dismissed the resolution of the Chinese Economic Congress that the government must do away the 30 percent quota in order for MCA to remain relevant and accepted by the Chinese.
Muhyiddin was in contention that Bumiputra is still lagging behind in equity and wealth holding of the nation and he stressed that the resolution of the congress is not suitable for this multiracial country.
With the latest exchange between Muhyiddin and Chua Soi Lek means a war has started between the 2 main leaders of BN. It looks like MCA is not duly worried about taking care of mutual regards for each other like it used to.
Both UMNO and MCA are mutually blaming each other for the BN incompetency. MCA has to blame UMNO for its weaknesses and it does not help to regain its dwindling support from the Chinese voters.
The quota of 30 percent for the Bumiputra allocation had been working very well and MCA used to be remarkably accepted by the Chinese then. That has been the way and that had brought togetherness in MCA and the coalition.
It is not fair for MCA to blame the special quota and the NEP for the fall in the party’s tolerability and acceptability by its own race. In actuality MCA is starting the war drumming, not Muhyiddin or UMNO. Soi Lek must be reminded that your failure is due to your own misdeeds and just accept it.
UMNO accepts the claim that MCA has been loyal to BN and no one should dismiss it. BUT MCA must also remember that UMNO and the Malays have been sacrificing at length for MCA if the party cares to read history which is still quite recent. Please remember that this is not the first time that MCA had been rejected by the Chinese.
In 1969 GE result, MCA was almost a defunct. MCA was totally in destitute politically. MCA lost in almost every Chinese constituency to DAP and the newly formed GERAKKAN then. MCA lost totally in Penang to GERAKKAN which made Lim Cheong Yew as the new GERAKKAN CM in place of Wong Pau Nee.
It was UMNO which gave MCA a new lease of political existence when MCA leaders were sent in to be the BN candidates in Malay dominated constituencies in 1974 GE to ensure them victors. Can MCA accept this fact? Soi Lek must be reminded for all the sacrifices that UMNO had done for MCA.
UMNO on the hand is also not without issues. UMNO has the most issues that it fails to address. UMNO leaders have not been sensitive on all negative issues against the party for more than 2 decades and now it has come to a point where the Malays do not trust almost every word of its leaders.
UMNO had been treating the Malays as their servants and therefore they lag in solving the tribulations within the party while it was in small scale. They could have solved it issue by issue when the degree of troubles was within the manageable level. But the leaders chose to procrastinate in solving it while at embryonic stage
It is already too late for UMNO and MCA to do all the needful to ensure victory in the next GE. There is a huge apprehension to move for a change; the big leaders themselves do not have the cut as they are themselves are the responsible lots for the current disorder.
Anyway, there is no harm done to initiate some changes. It’s better than not doing anything at all. Do something, at least in preparing to be an effective opposition after the next GE, if I may say.
Had UMNO and the leaders initiated the repair jobs earlier, the perils could not have been this bad.
‘A person who has not done one half of his days work and duties by 10 o’clock, runs a chance of leaving the other half undone’, so said Emily Bronte.