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The Only Option For MCA

by James Chin

The delegates have spoken. No matter how both sides are going to spin the results, there is no denying the following:

  1. The central delegates want both Ong and Chua out of leadership positions in MCA.
  2. They have lost confidence in both leaders.
  3. They want fresh presidential elections to elect new leaders.

If MCA does not hold fresh party elections and Ong hangs on as president, or one of the vice-presidents takes over as president, there is little doubt that MCA’s slogan of reform will be seen as empty rhetoric to the public.

Indeed one could argue that Ong’s refusal to resign on the spot suggests that MCA is no better than any third world political parties. There is nothing ambiguous about the vote, the delegates do not want Ong.

You can use all sorts of legal arguments on why you do not have to resign but the public will not be fooled by legal speak.

The same goes for Chua, the delegates do not want him as their deputy president or president.

The only way out of the present crisis is for both Ong and Chua to enjoy their retirement and leave MCA with a bit of honour intact.

In hindsight, it was clear that both sides over-played their hand. Their “winner takes all” attitude alienated many inside and outside the MCA. The spin from both sides further alienated more. Many of the delegates are sophisticated people and were not fooled by the spin.

For example, many delegates simply did not believe the spin that Ong had single-handedly “exposed” the PKFTZ scam and that his life was on the line for exposing the fraud. The issue has been in the public for the past few years already and was partly the reason why the former Transport Minister Chan Kong Choy did not contest in 2008.

It did not help that Ong’s public carefully crafted “super clean” image was contradicted by ”free trips” on private jets. The days when the mainstream press was the only source of information is long gone.

The central delegates are all politicians and they know spin when they see it. The more the mainstream press controlled by the MCA (and Ong-friendly website such as Malaysian Mirror) ran stories about how he was going to win the EGM, the more the reverse happened.

Their natural instinct was to believe that the tide had turned against Ong. Like typical Malaysians, they told both sides exactly what they wanted to hear – “we support you” – when inside their hearts they were really fed up with both sides.

Malaysian politicians will tell you what you want to hear if you are the incumbent (like Ong) or you have the potential to be the next King (as in Chua).

On Chua’s side, nobody believed him when he said he had no ambition to be president or be a minister again. Many delegates were sympathetic to him for the way he was sidelined by Ong but at the end of the day, they were simply fed up with his unrelenting quest to take down Ong, even it meant the downfall of the entire party.

In summary, it was the egos of both men which caused their downfall. Politicians, ironically, do not like boastful politicians and they do not like other politicians who complain too much. Most took the attitude that both men deserved each other and the only just desserts for both was to sack both. And this is exactly what they did.

The sorry state of the MCA can be an opportunity for the party to use it as a turning point for the political history of the party. If the party hold fresh elections and replace the entire leadership, the party might emerge from this crisis stronger.

Source : The Malaysian Insider

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