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July 12, 2008

The analysis on MCA that Malaysiakini didn’t have

Such an interesting article I found published here. Much more titillating than Malaysiakini’s analysis because it has the potential to go into Part II, III, etc – if this MCA insider zooms the microscope to tell us about the problem ‘makers’.

Tell us who caused MCA to tumble big time, Mary! Are they the Division people? Are they the Division/State chairmen or committees? What are these people’s modus operandi? Pretty please?

This is what Mary wrote (reproduced below). I suspect its the Part I of more to come:

It’s no secret that MCA’s young and bright members are being courted by Pakatan Rakyat (PR). PR needs talents to help its political future.

For purpose of this discussion, I shall use the term ‘Faiths’ to describe the young and bright members of MCA and use the term ‘Comfortables’ for those already installed comfortably in the MCA central, state or division committees. Most, if not all of the Comfortables have been there for some terms already, some since 1970s.

Faiths are those neglected 3rd liners, members who have the fire in their belly. They think as Malaysians, not ‘Chinese’ Malaysians. They are exposed to global ideas and understand the demands of shifting political, economics and social environment worldwide. These young men and women, below the age of 40, have been exposed to progressive systems and ethics through their working experiences with MNCs or GLCs. They speak Malay and English fluently, perhaps some Mandarin. They are aware of the conversations that is going on in the cyberspace and probably operates a blog or more. They have faith in the party’s constitution but lack faith in the unresponsive political style of party old guards. But most of all, Faiths hunger for a system of leadership progression.

Faiths watch how elected representatives perform and cringe in despair over the Comfortables lack in lawmaking.

Comfortables prefer to focus on NGO activities – providing ‘service’ to help people fill out forms, apply permits/approvals, attending to family disputes, pointing their fingers at clogged drains, dirty river, etc. Comfortables were not known to initiate amendment or change to archaic laws or by-laws. Most unfortunately, Comfortables were not heard voicing out ideas or even to engage the rakyat’s input meaningfully in efforts to resolve policies. There was no move or initiatives by the Comfortables to systematically or substantively groom new and current members as party’s future leaders.

Young members know the ‘fact’ that these towkays have not shaken off ‘top-down’ propagandist methodologies to shove, oops, promote their viewpoints. Towkay Comfortables operate with outdated one-way communication in this age of engagement. It is very difficult, nay, nearly impossible to get Comfortables to engage in debates without relegating it into a propaganda session. Ask thinking members, how very difficult it is to try to get them to address policy issues. Most of the time, inquisitive members were treated to the usual ‘tai chi’ avoidance maneuvers.

Sad fact, but it is perceived as true by most members and the public that Comfortables lack ideas and strategy to deal with the changed political landscape. Some may dispute this by saying that the Comfortables have organized many, many activities. Sure. But how these activities contribute to the
political survival of the Party is lost on me. Look at the often used one off publicity gimmicks such as giving away gifts to the poor, organizing dinners or exhibitions. All promoted in the name of service. Most people suspect that free publicity was the ultimate objective for some organizers.

The important question of how do such techniques result in a long term return for the Party were never addressed. I haven’t heard the Comfortables fighting for a leadership bureau to train all members up as future Obama. For me, if a political party has no plan to make leaders out of its members, it has no dream. It has no place in the political arena.

Back to the problem of the Faiths. Although disadvantaged as ‘servicemen’, Faiths know they have a distinct advantage over the installed Comfortables. Faiths are articulate, curious for discourse and solutions to progressive politics, policies and brave enough to participate in addressing hard issues such as Article 121(A). Faiths are not afraid to engage in discussion on national politics with opposition parties. And Faiths keep on banging their heads against the great wall system designed by the Comfortables to keep them out.

One clear message from the 2008 General Election is that Malaysians want progressive lawmakers. Election candidates with strong service background were rejected in the political tsunami along with ‘ineffective’ MPs who were unable/failed to speak up on issues or demonstrated inability to articulate policies.

I say again, MCA is in the business of politics. Therefore it cannot run away from meeting the higher demands and standards of the electorate. The electorate market has indicated a future demand for lawmakers.

Good news is, supply is not short within the party membership. MCA just need to legitimize an internal system to churn up the Faiths, separate the servicemen from lawmakers.

The era of the Comfortables as lawmakers has ended. MCA can still use them by re-designating them to concentrate their specialty as Local Councillors. But for immediate action, just unleash talents of the Faiths to take on the role of lawmakers.

Party members! This party election, make a conscientious decision in casting your vote. Allegiance to Comfortables is less important than saving the party. It is indeed a troublesome choice, but unleashing Faith is the best bet to steer MCA through the uncharted political seas ahead. The leadership better take heed.

3 Comments »

  1. an invitation to read. analyze. tq

    http://wordpress22.wordpress.com/

    http://wordpress22.wordpress.com/2008/07/11/malaysia-political-transformation-debate/

    minyak di dunia, mahu di kontrol USA.
    perundangan di kontrol British.
    hadhari di kontrol badawi.
    plus AAB+Anwar+Khary+Ezam+Tian Chua+LKS+KS=maka jadi lah malaysia baru yang di mau kan oleh anak bangsa akan datang?..i bet you will repeat the same mistake..

    so,..jika anda berumur bawah 30 tahun, cepat lah baca nasihat orang tua baby boomer 45 tahun ke atas, tak lebih umur 50 tahun.
    mereka lah yang telah bekerja bangunkan malaysia dengan tangan kosong, dibawah arahan mahathir, mereka lah yang patut di hargai..yang dah tua tua tu, baik ke masjid atau wakaf taubat korupsi..yang bawah 30 tahun tu, baca..analisa..pikir..jangan ter PESONG..

    baca

    http://wordpress22.wordpress.com/2008/06/30/kebangkitankemanusiaan/

    Comment by 0 GMT — July 12, 2008 @ 4:03 pm

  2. unleash talent is the right words in this context. we need visionary and inspire leader , not ‘service man’. Only them can lead our next generation to be the true M’sian. If not, globalisation will ‘globalised’ our children and we worry that they may not have the sense of being a M’sian…

    Comment by ben ho — July 12, 2008 @ 10:01 pm

  3. I appeal to Chua Soi Lek to come to Sarawak to help us to get rid of gangsters.
    The state of Sarawak has the worst gangsters in the world.If they have reigned in the traditional areas of prostitution,gambling and loan sharking the society would have tolerated them by and large.It is because both parties are willing participants to the unholy deals.
    But the gangsters have moved in to tax the poor folks.They have levied high handed black market taxes on the people.If the people refused to adhere to their black laws they would be beaten up badly.
    The people have to pay 50 cents per gas tank.They have to pay 100 cents per tray of eyes.The gangsters stationed their hooligans in front of all the scrap collecting depots.When some old women came in with some bags of aluminum cans the hooligans would forcibly buy them for half the market price.The same works for scrap iron, plastic bottles,newspapers and all recyclable items.All the lorries that carried earth have to pay taxes to them.All the telephone shops and all places of entertainment are under their control.In the ver remote event of any of these caese going to court Molotov cocktails would be thrown into the houses and cars of the compliant.
    I hope Chua Soi Lek will bring law into Sarawak.

    Comment by lee eng hock — June 26, 2009 @ 6:49 pm


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