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November 29, 2010

Aging BN political parties don’t understand generationism

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Longevitity in politics is admired for its resilience. However, in the world that is constantly in a state of flux, shifting from generations to generations after WWII, Baby boomers to Generation X to Generation Y and now the Generation Z, political parties which have been there since Merdeka seriously need to learn and re-learn new ways to engage with their voters.

Forget the old methods of ‘servicing’ the voters by simply playing the middlemen eg: to type support letters to help them apply for some things. Or just indulging in charity work. Or worst, interfering with the education system. That ain’t  the lawmaking and policymaking your voters put you up for.

In case, ye olde political parties haven’t noticed, your voters are now literate and can write by themselves. Don’t believe it? Just check what they say of you and your party in the internet.

Forget the antagonizing ‘criticize and hit below the belt’ method you are wont to indulge in Twitter. They are a huge turn-off to current voters who have started to develop a taste for fair play.

It is well to quickly learn how to update your communication methods to engage. Start within your own party – start by training your own members before your political party caused itself to be an embarrassment in eyes and ears of the listening public. And then, lose in the General Election.

December 10, 2009

PKFZ: The barometer of Malaysian government’s vote-ability

Me handphone beeped a text message this morning:

10/12: Former Port Klang Authority General Manager, Datin Paduka OC Phang and two others were arrested over the PKFZ issue. They will be charged in Klang today./The Star

Nice.

Now let us hear from politicians who dare to stand up for principles and accountability to the people of Malaysia.

Other politicians’ voices, please, besides Ong Tee Keat. We already know he has trail blazed the way forward in breaking the iceberg of this huge financial scandal Malaysia can do without.

Anyone else from MCA daring to go against corruption?

Let me hear from others who may have some hidden strength of character undetected by voters. Never, never be shy to promote your beliefs to your real constituents out there. MCA is just a tiny platform for your political relevancy. May I remind you, your BIG target to win over is Malaysians. Orang putih ke, orang hitam ke, orang coklat ke…  doesn’t matter. (I just love this colourful line of Susan Lankaster’s from me favorite Malaysian movie Mekanik. See the youtube clip open at 5:45 – 6:02)

We already have a brave young one from Pemuda UMNO who has asked for force of the law to come down hard on those gluttons nibbling off chunks of the PKFZ gravy train.

Bravo, Khairy Jamaluddin!

If UMNO and MCA keeps on upgrading their level of accountability and adherence to rules of governance, no sane voter will begrudge them the reward of a huge mandate in the next General Election.

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 29, 2009

Water will not clean MCA but will fuel Pakatan

Need Clorox.

Need a good variety of strong disinfectants, too.

Will the fortunes of MCA will be spent on deploying detergent agents everytime le DVD pops up in the market due to insatiable fan requests for naughty stuffs?

Does it mean tightening of MCA budgets, as $$ diverted to clean ups will be shaved from budgets for members activities and training?

Gulp, no more big dinners? No more gatherings in nice hotel settings?

How about that, MCA members?

Would you be willing to sacrifice your already miniscule budgetary allocation to the neverending Ops Bersih?

You don’t care?

So for now, you recommend to use water only cos you can live with a little stain, besides, why spend additional energy or scrub clean with smelly disinfectant?

But… when we start to visualise with longer range tactical thinking, we will see a pesky vision of big $$ deployment to fuel clean ups of sexy grime buildups especially near the next General Election.

Gone lar… division/branch peruntukan for pilihanraya!!

And while our brain cells are on tactical thinking mode, let’s venture to imagine that Pakatan Rakyat, especially DAP will forget to capitalise on this popular stain in the 13th GE.

Yesss, this will be a very useless tool for PR to even use to compare and contrast how Barisan Nasional uses 2 legal systems to treat its peoples:

1 set for Anwar Ibrahim and another set for Chua Soi Lek.

Poor Anwar Ibrahim needs to go through the courts to clear himself off the mattress aka bed stains evidence.

Chua Soi Lek need not go through the courts to clear himself off the video dvd evidence.

Ooohm….. and let’s continue to pray MCA members will never be tasked to answer for this folly by their constituents voters.

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