Because MCA (Malaysian Chinese Association) is a component party of the BN (Barisan Nasional), I’m always going to give it the benefit of the doubt.
In fact, I’m going to give the benefit of the doubt to all BN component parties, especially the BN component parties from Malaya.
If you’re a BN component party, you’ll get the benefit of my doubt.
I admit, that’s one of the drawbacks of being a BN government sympathiser.
Recently, a Senator (not an elected representative of the people) from MCA was said to have made a statement “urging the Chief Minister to pass the baton to another Barisan leader as soon as possible as this was the first time in Sarawak’s history that the Chinese community had rejected Taib’s leadership.”
There’s a slight chance that this particular unelected representative from MCA may have been misquoted or that his words were taken out of context by overzealous reporters.
Like I said, since he’s a member of a component party of BN, he will be given the benefit of the doubt.
However, if what is claimed by the English Daily ‘Star’ is true, then I will have to take back that benefit of doubt, and sincerely express my extreme annoyance at MCA for butting into the business of BN Sarawak.
Imagine, if what was claimed by the English Daily ‘Star’ is true, that means MCA is telling the leader of BN Sarawak that BECAUSE he managed to lead BN Sarawak to a two-thirds majority win, he has to step down.
I cannot imagine what MCA would have asked for if BN Sarawak didn’t get the 2/3 result that it achieved.
Then again, what if BN Sarawak had lost its 2/3 majority but managed to win half of all the Chinese seats contested?
Would that situation then be acceptable to MCA, and would that mean the Chief Minister deserves to keep his job?
I have to admit I’m quite ignorant of Chinese politics in Malaya so I can’t say for sure if it’s their practice to sack chief ministers in states where MCA loses the majority of Chinese support.
Sarawak, in a way, is still lucky that we don’t have MCA, because I feel that MCA politicians are almost as ignorant about Sarawak politics, as I am about Chinese politics in Malaya.
But what really puzzles me is why an unelected representative of the MCA would be compelled to make a statement at all, in the first place.
Has MCA solved ALL the problems within the party that it now feels that it has the mandate or the authority to tell other BN components, especially BN Sarawak what to do?
Let me remind MCA again…that BN Sarawak won more than TWO-THIRDS of the seats it contested in.
Would you say that’s just a bit better than BN’s performance in Selangor, Penang, Kelantan, Kedah and Perak?
Maybe MCA holds BN Sarawak at a much higher standard than other BN components and that’s why it may have a double-standard when it comes to Sarawak. Who knows?
I just hope MCA doesn’t think that it can make Sarawak its next front line against DAP because I would really, really hate to see that.
Anyway, for now, I’m still giving MCA the benefit of the doubt.
In the next few days, I hope they deserve the benefit of the doubt I’m giving them.
How The Star reported MCA’s practice of giving unsolicited advice:
Pass the baton, MCA tells Taib
Thursday April 21, 2011
PETALING JAYA: MCA vice-president Senator Gan Ping Sieu has called on Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud to step down, saying he had lost the overall support of the various ethnic groups in the state.
“Leaders of Barisan Nasional must command the support of all communities irrespective of ethnicity.
“Although Sarawak Barisan Nasional emerged victorious at the recently-concluded state election on April 16 and retained its two-thirds majority to stay in power, it is obvious that Tan Sri Taib Mahmud no longer wields support from Chinese voters,” Gan said in a statement yesterday.
Gan, who is also Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, urged the Chief Minister to pass the baton to another Barisan leader as soon as possible as this was the first time in Sarawak’s history that the Chinese community had rejected Taib’s leadership.
Gan commended SUPP’s decision to decline nominating Chinese assemblymen for a state cabinet position, saying it was a principled political stand and in line with public opinion.
He also blasted DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng for misleading the Chinese community and painting the SUPP as Taib’s thugs during campaigning.
“The DAP deliberately created a fear of punishment and misled the Chinese community that MCA was intimidating voters,” said Gan.
Gan said MCA would consider its position in the line-up of federal and state governments if the party was rejected by the Chinese community in the coming general election.
His statements echoed party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek’s statement that MCA would relook its position in the federal and state governments if it fared as badly in the next general election as it did in the 2008 polls.