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October 13, 2009

Will MCA Central Committee dare to show some guts?

Some strange things happened on 10 October, 2009:

My friend’s mom cried.

My lawyer’s tongue went numb.

My Pakatan Rakyat supporter bro wished MCA members good luck and fun with the line dancing Ng Yen Yen.

My drinking friends cursed the MCA central delegates with the most colourful epithets. (trust me.)

#@$%…

With a little help from the brave doctor Chua Soi Lek who hung MCA’s party constitution out to dry, here’s the list from a blogger which me thinks will kill and will help Pakatan Rakyat bury MCA for good:

1. Too many factions (warlords?).

2. Too many mediocre personalities.

3. Too many rent-seeking personalities.

4. Too little effort in engaging the real community.

5. Too much effort in engaging associations filled with rent-seeking personalities.

6. Too much parochialism borne from an education system that is detached from the mainstream of the nation.

7. Too little effort in recruiting the best minds.

8. Too much effort in rewarding sycophants.

MCA’s history is based on wheeling-dealing. Genuine reform cannot take place unless the apex leaders disengage with the moneyed class. But how does one turn on one’s own genetic parentage?

This is the fundamental reality that the MCA needs to deal with. Can the existing leadership and membership do so?

And so, after the departure of a rare MCA species ‘dare to be a hero’ Ong Tee Keat, I hazard to predict that MCA’s future will be back to bland lapdog life.

Comatose existence with daily bland routine of licking the master’s hands.

tsk, tsk, tsk…

Unless, the MCA Central Committee accidently chanced upon an iota of courage within their bosoms to stand together and defy big brother UMNO and Tun Dr. Mahathir‘s wish to get rid of the Chinese community’s preferred President.

It’ll be fun to find out how UMNO deals with a biting rather than licking MCA.

But let’s get back to real life, now.

The real D Day will be on Thursday 15 October, 2009. Not the EGM as some central delegates were led to believe by their handlers.

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October 5, 2009

For the sake of Jogoya: What I’ll say if I were the MCA President…

Yesterday, over some nice cool beers at our usual local coffee shop haunt, a friend issued me this challenge:

“If you were the MCA President, what will you say to motivate the lazy MCA central delegates‘ brains to work overtime before the D-day this Saturday at MCA’s EGM?”

What a horrible task…. and I was to respond convincingly to the friend by Friday. If I lose this wager, not only I will suffer the indignity of losing me Chinese ‘face‘, my wallet will also stand to lose 5 rounds of free meals at Jogoya.

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For the sake of Jogoya, here is myself speaking as Ong Tee Keat’s alter ego…

Party members and fellow comrades,

Our party’s EGM starts this weekend. It’s going to be the most decisive and exciting for years.

This week, we won’t be playing it safe – instead we continue to soldier on with bold reform plans to deal with the big problems the party faces.

Many political parties spent their conference talking only to themselves – not the country, even after defeats suffered in the 2008 General Elections.

In contrast, under my leadership, you will see an MCA united, determined and ready to deliver the bold, tough and radical change our members and community demands.

At this EGM we will show that we are the party of new ideas and new opportunities.

To deal with the next General Election, we are already setting out some of the tough decisions that need to be taken and unlike previously predicted by naysayers, we won’t duck them this time.

To give people hope for the future of the party, MCA is already forging ahead in the direction of political, economics and race relations, and our EGM will show how we’re ready to strengthen our commitment to that change.

There is absolutely no room for complacency this time.

Every member of the Malaysian Chinese Association needs to remember the following: the party have never face a General Election from a starting point as difficult as we face now.

To win a majority, we must hold every seat we won in 2008 plus regain the lost constituencies.

We can do it: but we are going to have to work incredibly hard for every vote, every day between now and polling day. In the 13th General Election, every vote will count.

This weekend we will hear the results of the referendum in MCA’s future.

I have said repeatedly that I want us to have a party reform. I want to make one thing clear: there will be no change in our drive on party reform.

If the party reform is not ratified in this EGM and not in force when the election is held, in the next General Election campaign, we cannot convince the people for a ‘Yes’ vote.

This EGM is going to be a turning point for MCA as a credible, political party in Malaysia.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the MCA EGM.

Thanks to this guy for the very useful content frame.

Jogoya, here I come??

September 16, 2009

Who’s afraid of reform or THE slippers?

Frankly, my dear, I’m still sandalised oops scandalised with the stupidity of the 921 MCA members….

Diam, oops, Daim is one disappointed man too…

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“It is a great disappointment that the MCA Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) is not being used for a united MCA call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the RM12.5 billion Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal to bring to book all MCA, Umno and Barisan Nasional leaders implicated in the “mother of all scandals”.

When former Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin could say that the PKFZ fiasco provides the Barisan Nasional government the best opportunity to fulfill its promise of cracking down on corruption, abuse of power and mismanagement, why are MCA, Umno and other Barisan Nasional component parties dragging their feet when they should be acting decisively to identity and punish the wrongdoers, without fear or favour and regardless of their present or past position or status?

Daim speaks with great authority, knowledge and experience when he said:

“The government must punish all those lawbreakers, only then can it regain the public’s confidence. In the past, the public did not see those who abused their power getting punished, resulting in more abuses of power. As such, it (making the PKFZ audit report public) is a good start”.

(Read more here: Daim: PKFZ fiasco provides best opportunity)

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Now, we have a fiery grand ole man of DAP Uncle Lim Kit Siang who is very angry with MCA:

“This is why the MCA, as the party which is most implicated in the PKFA scandal as so many MCA top leaders were involved whether as Transport Minister or Port Klang Authority Chairman, should take a stand to ensure that there should be no further cover-up of the PKFZ scandal and its EGM should, among other things, demonstrate the undivided support of the MCA delegates for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to bring to book all MCA, Umno and BN leaders implicated in the PKFZ “mother of all scandals”.

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Oh dear…

Now we know why Chua Soi Lek’s campaign team works so tirelessly to bring about the MCA EGM….

What or Who gives, Soi Lek?

And while we are at it, MCA Central Delegates, will you do the right thing or risk your moral values for le fury de garland of slippers?

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