Chaotic, says the Sin Chew Daily writer. Uncertainties, says the Mysinchew.com writer. The Chinese now have less confidence in the MCA, says the Utusan Malaysia writer. What went wrong, asked the recently vanquished former MCA leader. No more business as usual, says the victorious current MCA leader. He won depite an illicit sex video of him widely circulated not long before the party elections.
How come? Some answers can be found in the article written by Dato Seri Ong Tee Kiat, the former MCA leader. The following quotes are interesting:
“Party insiders had been overly engrossed in .. fund-raising programmes .. Instead of explaining or justifying the policies, many may sing in the chorus along with the critics of policies within the community. After all, the party network hardly furnishes them with much information on the subject .. Many grassroots leaders surviving on the administration’s political resources .. found .. all revenue life-lines severed. This had made them fall easy prey to certain party leaders who pandered to money politics.
“.. grassroots leaders, particularly party delegates who would exercise their voting rights in the party election, on the payroll of aspiring party leaders who are set to wrest control of the party leadership ..
The personal pay cheques are sufficient to convert them overnight into local lieutenants merely serving the interests of their paymasters in the party .. serving the party and the people would no longer appear on their radar screen.
“.. becoming intensely self-interest driven in the current context .. To the young generation “value-driven” or “mission-driven” partisan politics is likely to sink into .. oblivion in no time.”
The Utusan Malaysia article says that the MCA is short of time. Dato Seri Najib has asked them to deliver. Can they?
Who says only UMNO has been involved in money politics? Attempts to make money from politics and use money for gaining or maintaining power occur in practically every party. Former MCA leader Tun Ling Liong Sik was charged in court in connection with the financial scandal over the huge Port Klang Free Zone project. The current MCA Youth leader Wee Ka Siong is allegedly also implicated in the affair. Selangor State Executive Counciller Ronnie Liu is said to be the “fund raiser” in the DAP.
And the quote from the Sin Chew Daily article is “The PKR is in turmoil, the DAP faces some internal infightings while Gerakan is submerged in a drastic crisis of confidence in its leadership”. UMNO and the rest have been covered in other writings. So, all is not well in Malaysia today. The signs of the times.
The articles referred to above are reproduced below. Let’s talk about them. Our views are given as replies to comments readers make.
Nation mired in political uncertainties
By LIM MUN FAH
Translated by SOONG PHUI JEE
There is only one word to describe the current local political situation: chaotic. The PKR is in turmoil, the DAP faces some internal infightings while Gerakan is submerged in a drastic crisis of confidence in its leadership.
The PKR chaos is mainly caused by the electoral fight for party positions and power. Almost everyone in the party is laying claims to a party position, with an eye on a powerful position if the party were to win big in the next general election.
The DAP trouble is also a struggle for positions and power, particularly in Perak, where state DAP chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham and secretary Nga Kor Ming are been engaged in a factional fight with state deputy chairman M. Kulasegaran.
As for Gerakan, an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) has been scheduled for Sunday 10 October to vote on a no-confidence motion against Penang party chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan. Party president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon is caught in a hubbub of controversy when he announced that he would rather attend the opening of the MCA general assembly on that day, instead of the crucial party EGM in Penang.
Koh’s announcement upset party adviser and ex-president Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik so much that he resigned as the adviser. Lim lambasted Koh for having no guts to face problems and conflicts in the party, saying that Koh only wants to please everyone.
Earlier in the year, Lim had shocked the party and the public by declaring that Gerakan has lost Penang forever.
The Gerakan crisis is different from that of the PKR and DAP as it involves the party members’ confidence in Koh, who is seen as a weak leader, lacking in potency and influence. It is fundamentally a crisis of confidence in the party leadership.
The electoral dispute in the PKR and the internal controversy in the DAP involve only some minor power struggles among the grassroots warlords
There is no question about the power and authority of PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang.
In Gerakan, however, Lim is apparently powerless as he is no longer the party president, while Koh is a weakling lacking in vitality and political power and strength.
Lim has suggeted that Koh’s biggest weakness is that he is a man-pleaser, being afraid to offend people, refusing to face the reality of political problems, and trying to be nice guy.
After the March 2008 general election, Gerakan found itself diminished into an insignificant “mosquito party” with no bargaining power in the BN coalition, having lost its crown jewel Penang to the DAP and its Pakatan Rakyat partners.
The DAP and PKR, on the other hand, have emerged as a new political powerhouse under the alternative Pakatan Rakyat coalition.
Over the past two years, the battle between the BN and the Pakatan Rakyat has been intensified. Although both coalitions have pledged to carry out massive socio-economic and political reforms, so far neither has been able to make much headway. About the only thing the disappointed people see nowadays are the fierce infightings within the component parties of both coalitions.
Malaysia has come to a critical moment of its political history, but there are still many uncertainties over the direction the country is heading.
In the face of the uncertain situation, the people cannot help but sigh in frustration and worries. Nevertheless, they are still full of expectations, hoping that the political parties will behave themselves and strive to create a truly high-quality democratic culture in the country.
Sin Chew Daily
Parties facing uncertain times — Lim Sue Goan
October 12, 2010
OCT 12 — The current hot political scenario has been brewing for more than two-and-a-half years, and the last two months have been a real critical time for the component parties of both the Barisan Nasional (BN)and Pakatan Rakyat, with intense internal struggles threatening to cause massive damage to their image, and even their existence.
Many important programmes have been scheduled for October and November, and both coalitions now have to face two unexpected by-elections.
The MCA has basically been stabilised after its fresh poll on March 28 and it has started to actively restore the people’s confidence. However, Gerakan has fallen into a troubled period.
Even though Penang Gerakan chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nam has survived the no-confidence vote against him at an extraordinary general meeting in Penang on Sunday, the leadership crisis remains unresolved.
Umno is going to hold its annual general meeting from October 19 to 23, and it is expected that a loyalty pledge will be taken to endorse Umno president and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s reform plans, to prepare for the next general election.
After the Malay rights group Perkasa and former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad have stirred up several racial issues, Najib’s 1 Malaysia concept has been in a quandary. Also, his New Economic Model (NEM) is facing some obstacles. Hence, it is important for Najib to get the full support of his party. He wants to lead a united Umno, instead of a factional party.
The next will be the BN convention on November 28. The main agenda of the convention, which has been postponed for several times, is to amend the constitution so that the BN can accept direct members to strengthen the power of the coalition.
The convention is expected to boost the morale within the coalition and bring desirable effects if it works with other reform plans.
Meanwhile, component parties of the Pakatan Rakyat are having their party elections and PKR is going to have a new leadership. Datuk Zaid Ibrahim is not steady enough to do great things as he has repeatedly changed his stand. Therefore, Azmin Ali is expected to win the party deputy president post while Nurul Izzah Anwar is expected to become a new generation leader.
PKR advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim must introduce new strategies during the PKR annual general assembly from November 26 to 28 to strengthen the party organisation and discipline. Otherwise, internal faction will weaken the party’s strength, especially when Anwar might face imprisonment for sodomy.
The DAP is going to hold its party state elections in November. The surfacing factional problem is a difficult task and, thus, the central leadership has been committed to resolving the problems in Perak. We can see that the Perak DAP deputy chairman M. Kulasegaran’s attitude has turned softer and the two factions have started to prioritise the party interests and future.
The Galas and Batu Sapi by-elections are going to serve as support-rate indicators for the BN and the Pakatan Rakyat. Particularly, a third of voters in Galas are non-Malays while Batu Sapi has about 40 per cent in non-Muslim voters.
If the BN wins the two by-elections, the Sarawak state election might be held together with the general election in March next year. The Batu Sapi by-election in Sabah is going to serve as a bellwether for the Sarawak state election. If the Pakatan Rakyat fails to threaten the BN, it will be difficult for it to take over Sarawak.
In addition, the government has started to implement its reform plans, such as the education ministry has abolishing the policy of teaching Science and Mathematics in English and deciding to change the Penilaian Menengah rendah (PMR) examination for Form Three students to a school-based assessment starting 2016. Also, Najib is going to table the 2011 Budget on October 15 and the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) on October 26.
The BN has been diligent in work over the past year while Pakatan Rakyat seems to have been overshadowed. If the Pakatan Rakyat still does not pull itself together and introduce new reform plans, swing votes might go to the BN, and its dream of taking over Putrajaya will fade further and further away. — mysinchew.com
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.
‘What went wrong, my dear partners?’
by Datuk Seri Ong Tee Kiat, a politician who paid a price for his value-oriented politics. A perceived maverick in the establishment, also the MP for Pandan.
October 11, 2010
The political tsunami of the 2008 general election was a real acid test for all the component parties of the ruling coalition. The unprecedented electoral setback provided us with food for thought, particularly the effectiveness and relevance of these parties in the current political landscape.
The crux of the matter is not in the race-based partisan structure alone, as the political tsunami hit not only the raced-based component parties but across the board.
The blame game within the coalition does not bode well if no in-depth reflection and self-remedy on the prevailing weaknesses are instituted by the respective component parties as well as Barisan Nasional (BN) as a whole.
From the perspective of non-Malays, BN is conspicuously and overwhelmingly dominated by Umno. No doubt Umno being the mainstay of the coalition would undeniably be playing the role of the bigger brother; nonetheless, any pervasive perception of its over-dominance would inevitably render the other component parties’ roles insignificant, if not irrelevant.
In meeting the ever-escalating demands and aspirations of the people, the perceived ineffectiveness of the component parties would only further alienate the communities they claim to represent.
Over the years, it has been the common perception that government policies largely remain in the grip of Umno. This has been clearly manifested time and again by the major policy announcements made by Umno ministers at Umno party functions, without any perceived participation of the component parties at all.
Of course, such conspicuous display of power dominance does create grouses among the disgruntled coalition partners. However, the smaller coalition partners too should carry their fair share of blame as they have knowingly or unknowingly developed a sense of self-marginalisation in their psyche.
This is evident in the many political statements made or even sometimes resolutions endorsed at the party’s general assembly that call for the government to address certain issues or concerns.
This would then make the party’s effectiveness subservient to the ruling coalition in question which wields the government machinery.
On the policy fronts, the pressure from Umno has always been for its partners to explain, if not justify the government policies whenever they come under fire in the non-Malay communities.
Nonetheless, they hardly understand the real scenario and predicament on the ground especially within the non-Malay social fabric.
By and large, political discourse within the party ranks or for the public has so far taken a back seat in most, if not among all coalition partners. How did that happen?
Such a tacit paradigm shift could be attributable to what some party veterans term value decadence within the party. Party insiders had been overly engrossed in either fund-raising programmes or apolitical initiatives.
Instead of explaining or justifying the policies, many may sing in the chorus along with the critics of policies within the community. After all, the party network hardly furnishes them with much information on the subject.
The perceived lethargy of the party grassroots became more pronounced after the 2008 political tsunami when the opposition front managed to wrest control of five states.
Many party cadres or grassroots leaders surviving on the administration’s political resources had all of a sudden found themselves in the lurch with all revenue life-lines severed.
This had made them fall easy prey to certain party leaders who pandered to money politics. Now that it is no longer uncommon to have grassroots leaders, particularly party delegates who would exercise their voting rights in the party election, on the payroll of aspiring party leaders who are set to wrest control of the party leadership.
Under such circumstances, their allegiance to the paymaster would almost certainly ride rough-shod over the political cause and interest of the party and community it seeks to represent.
The personal pay cheques are sufficient to convert them overnight into local lieutenants merely serving the interests of their paymasters in the party. The orthodoxy of serving the party and the people would no longer appear on their radar screen.
In areas where the coalition partners were once known for their local service, they found themselves caught in a newfound dilemma. The traditional petition-writing style of constituency service and municipality-linked services are all now outmoded.
The municipal officials have to serve their new political masters from Pakatan Rakyat after the change of guards in March 2008. Moreover the dependants of petition-writing services have dwindled as the electorate has grown more sophisticated. Hence, these grassroots leaders may appear to be likened to sales personnel without products to sell.
While the terminology of political education seems to sound increasingly remote, if not totally alien, to many partisans nowadays, partisan politics is becoming intensely self-interest driven in the current context.
To the young generation, they make no attempt to deny that “ideology-driven” is now discarded as a by-product of the past Cold War era, while “value-driven” or “mission-driven” partisan politics is likely to sink into the same oblivion in no time.
As the election draws closer, the party bosses of the coalition would be setting their sights on statistics linked to the sizes of electorate and party membership. However, the bloated party membership in any one constituency can no longer offer anybody comfort, much less grant anybody the assurance of delivering sufficient voters’ support to win the seat.
Though it is unfair to label the entire membership in any locality as phantoms, it would be an absolute naivety to believe that the lawfully registered members could ever make their presence felt in the local community.
Many registered local branches might never be heard of by the local folks. To the party insiders who know the tricks of the game, this is one of the usual gimmicks deployed to beef up the number of party delegates who are expected to lend support to the leaders who mastermind the formation and registration of such local branches.
As the saying goes: “Politics is a number game”; any shrewd and crafty politician can always out-manoeuvre his fellow comrade in any power tussle within the party through manipulating the branches and delegates, but it is near impossible for him to hoodwink the entire electorate by means of gutter politics.
* The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the columnist.
No more business as usual — Dr Chua Soi Lek
October 10, 2010
Just a year ago, our party was at the crossroads of a crisis and now a new team has been duly elected. The wounds would have healed by now and there lies lots of work ahead, more so when there are greater challenges ahead for the party and the nation.
Bear in mind, the people will not support a party in disunity. I have to admit there are fractions at the division level which need to be addressed urgently
Today’s political climate is different. It cannot be business as usual and the changing political landscape requires us to be on our toes.
To do well in the next general election, we have to overcome the negative perception of the Chinese towards MCA.
We have been perceived as a party that has been unable to voice out the aspirations of the community although they would agree that MCA had been diligently providing services pertaining to localised issues.
I have to be frank to say it is important not just for the Barisan Nasional to win at the next general election, but the MCA as a party must also do well in order for us to be effective.
The political tsunami in the 2008 elections had reduced MCA’s representation in Parliament from 31 seats in the 2004 elections to only 15.
The state seats were reduced from 75 which we won in 2004 to 31 seats in the same election.
The people have spoken loud and clear. Other than developing the nation, the rakyat expects the government to reduce corruption, be accountable, transparent, democratic and fair.
Extremism rearing its ugly head
Of late politicians from both sides of the political divide have been playing up on racial and religious issues.
We strongly condemn such actions.
As a peace loving Malaysian, I would appeal to all politicians from both sides of the political divide, to reject those who thrive on racialism
Datuk Seri Najib Razak, if Barisan Nasional pursues the middle path and politics that embraces all races, then I am confident the rakyat will continue to support the BN under your leadership.
As you pursue your policy of inclusiveness under 1 Malaysia, the voices of extremism be it of any race or religion, will become a minority.
As we are approaching the 13th general election, our utmost concern now is to woo the estimated four million Malaysians above the age of 21 who have yet to register as voters.
They are the potential voters who play a crucial role in determining the next federal government.
Today these youngsters talk about ideals and a civic society that promotes fairness, justice and they are utterly up in arms against abuses of power and corruption.
They want to be respected as citizens and need not be reminded to be grateful because their parents were accorded citizenships and certainly they don’t want to be called “pendatang”.
These youths want to be recognised and be part of the process of nation building. They feel that they have suffered in some ways because of discriminatory policies.
Their parents, the older generation may endure the policies then but the younger generation who do not connect with history finds it difficult to accept.
They may not know the role played by our founding fathers in fighting for independence and citizenship for non-Malays. They are more interested to know what the nation can offer them now and the future.
On the unregistered voters, the party has also started its registration drive to register as many new voters and it would be stepped up to reach as many people.
We are all for grooming a competitive Malaysian race that is dynamic, outstanding and one that possesses great calibre, innovativeness and creativity, hence education policies should be based on merits and needs.
I would like to express MCA’s humble thanks to the prime minister for being responsive towards our constant dialogues with him which has seen positive changes.
At this juncture, I would also like to applaud YAB Datuk Seri ‘s recent decision to offer scholarships to all students, regardless of race, who scored 9A+ in their SPM examinations. Of the total students, a total of 1550 students were Chinese. This is truly in the 1 Malaysia spirit.
I also want to put on record that a historical breakthrough was also achieved this year as a total of 92 per cent of Chinese students had successfully enrolled in local public universities, which is the highest enrolment ever in the history.
Sir, you have been most gracious and proactive towards our suggestions of a more equitable and just society and we appreciate your great understanding and proactive approach.
On this note, may I also record our appreciation on the recent award of scholarships by 1 Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), a strategic development company owned by the Government to 50 top Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) holders pursuing their higher education.
The scholarships is not a one-off thing and each recipient are given scholarships valued at RM45,000 each and it comes without any bond.
The Dong Zong (United Chinese School Committees’ Association) and Jiao Zong (United Chinese School Teachers Association) have been conducting the UEC examination (which is equivalent to STPM) since 1975 and this is the first time UEC top scorers received scholarships from the Government.
The prime minister and deputy prime minister have also been instrumental in allowing holders of the Unified Examination Certificate conducted by the Chinese independent schools to enter teacher training institutions. This has helped a lot in easing the shortage of Chinese school teachers.
The entry qualification set for UEC holders to enter the teacher training institutions was initially fixed at four credits in the SPM including Bahasa Malaysia but through MCA’s effort, the Education Ministry has agreed that a credit in the national language and three credits in the UEC examination would make the cut.
PTPTN loans are also now made available to independent Chinese school students with the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) to take up courses at local private higher education institutions.
Sir, we believe this is the first step towards giving more recognition to UEC and an indication of the Government giving more weight to the UEC and the role of the Chinese Independent Schools in training the young and talented.
I also wish to disclose that the education ministry has agreed to allow Utar to train non-graduate teachers of Chinese schools to attain graduate status under a special programme.
Since its inception in 2002, UTAR has produced more than 13,500 graduates up to 2009. It now offers no less than 41 Bachelor’s Honours and 10 Master’s degree programmes.
The university has also received the education ministry’s approval to offer its first medical degree programme and the first intake of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) had started in May.
As for KTAR, it has produced more than 150,000 graduates who are highly sought after by employers.
The figures are all testimony of hardwork which the party and its leaders had gone through to realise the education needs of all Malaysians.
Sir, in the Ninth Malaysia Plan, a total of RM325 million in development funds were allocated to 1,292 Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (C).
It is not true that the government did not give allocations to Chinese schools. But this is inadequate and this has given opportunity to the Opposition to exploit the anti-government sentiments among the Chinese community. We need more funds under the 10MP.
Sir, when we fight for our mother tongue education, other than its cultural values, it has immense economic potential in changing the economic environment.
The emergence of China as the second economic power in the world has made Mandarin language to be of great economic value.
Our trade with Mandarin speaking nations accounted for 20 per cent of our total trade. If we need to boost up the figures, we need to train more Malaysians to be multi-lingual and are good in Bahasa, English and Mandarin. Only then we can achieve the status of a high income nation.
MCA will not look at Chinese education purely on racial lines.
In the next five years, there will be an increase of 60,000 students and we need to relocate new schools and build new Chinese schools as well.
In this context, I would like to thank Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who has agreed in principle to MCA’s request that in any new development of more than 3,000 houses, where the majority of the community are Chinese, then there should be a compulsory provision of land specifically for usage of Chinese schools.
Another good news is that the utility bills in all government-aided Chinese primary schools will be paid by the education ministry starting next year.
Our nation’s economy needs a quantum leap to achieve a high-income status. The New Economic Model (NEM), Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) and 10th Malaysia Plan which are three of the four pillars of national transformation that will enable Malaysia to achieve the goals of Vision 2020, that is, to be a high-income economy and developed nation by 2020.
The government under the leadership of YAB Datuk Seri Najib is putting in place a people-centric agenda in driving the country’s engine of growth, with much consideration for a fairer economy.
To achieve the high-income goal, our country must maintain at least sic per cent of economic growth and attract RM100 billion of foreign and domestic investments annually under 10MP, therefore the liberalisation in various economic sectors will help in attracting investments.
Hence, we need to liberalise more economic sectors and increase productivity, competitiveness and be more innovative.
There is a need to review the 30 per cent Bumiputera equity in certain sectors but the MCA do not propose to rob Ali to pay Chong or rob Chong to pay Ali. Our objectives are clear and sincere — to ensure that the economic transformation can be achieved.
The way of doing business in Malaysia should also be simplified and be business-friendly.
The world has changed and is still changing. People are more demanding, the business community is more demanding and the complexities of doing business are far more challenging.
Sir, we support your effort to reduce the budget deficit so as to show that our debt rating is not affected. We have to maximise the utilisation of our nation’s resources to reduce wastages and leakages.
We should also encourage open tenders to reduce cost and promote greater transparency. Corruption and kickbacks had always been associated with the closed tender system.
MCA acknowledges that the nation is too dependent on foreign workers and to solve the problem, the government should not be indecisive.
Flip-flop decisions do not go down well and we cannot solve problems by arbitrarily suspending recruitment. The government needs to come up with a comprehensive recruitment requirement for the various sectors.
As a stop gap measure, MCA proposed that foreign workers be subjected to a 5+3 or 5+5 tenure, depending on the sector concerned.
We should also allow the replacement of the same number of workers once the work permit had expired. The business establishment concerned should be entitled to replace the same number of workers so that their business operations would not be affected.
Fixing minimum wage
Mca Youth and Wanita
Proper management of party assets
It has been more than two years since the Pakatan Rakyat government has taken over several states. We need answers on what they have accomplished so far.
Have they been able to woo more investors to their respective states and to check corruption within their own administration — the illegal sand mining, gaming outlets camouflaged as cyber cafes, illegal entertainment joints and all that.
Take for instance their manifesto pledging local council elections. What has happened to it?
The supporting letters scandal is a reminder to us that they don’t deliver what they have promised.
Please honour your promises.
I would like to touch on the importance of staying relevant to keep up and reach out. There is no easier way than to reinvent and rebrand ourselves.
We should have the right tools to be effective and we have to embrace new technologies to reach out to the people.
We can no longer rely on the traditional media to communicate with the rakyat. We need the new media.
A new generation of people who spend a lot of time in the social media have emerged and we have to engage with this people, comprising mostly youths.
Social media are distinctively different from the traditional media such as newspapers, television and film.
We are talking about the outreach of social media networking which is immense with millions of viewers savouring the information via Facebook, Friendster, Twitter and the various blogs.
If we do not avail ourselves with these new technologies of communication, then we would have failed in our quest to link up with these new generation of people who articulate well, are more demanding and outspoken.
MCA leaders must from now on be on the offensive. We should no longer adopt the defensive stand.
We must also engage ourselves in intelligent debates on unfair practices, wrong doings and important issues affecting the people in the blog sphere.
As for our MCA comrades in the Pakatan-controlled states — do not forget that you are in the Opposition-controlled states and behave like one.
Go ahead and expose the shortcomings, scandals, abuse of power, malpractices and weakness of those governments. And I am sure there are many.
As leaders, we must respond to issues swiftly and not when everyone is into it, then we jump into the bandwagon. Always take the lead instead of being mere followers but be politically correct and raise sensible issues which affect the raykat.
MCA has already gone on an offensive to declare cyber war to effectively disseminate our message to the voters, there has been too many twisted information in the cyber world and the wrong perception given that of MCA and the government.
Barisan Nasional faces greater challenges ahead that will put the sharing of power under stress. We have gone through the ups and downs through 12 general elections.
There will be occasions when MCA will take a different stand from Umno. MCA needs to be sensitive to the needs and aspirations of the Rakyat — that we continue to be their voice in the government and that MCA continues to have a role to play in the government.
Please do not question our loyalty to Barisan Nasional and our commitment to power sharing.
We have only one agenda — to make Barisan Nasional the party of choice by the rakyat. However we are not a blind follower. We will continue to articulate the hopes, fears, expectations and frustrations of the various communities in Malaysia.
MCA will ensure that it continues to stay relevant to issues and we will be more high-profile in our pursuit to push forward our political agenda in resolving the various issues.
It would be unfair to blame the Government of only looking after the Bumiputeras and not non-Bumiputeras. All races have actually benefited from the NEP.
We have to admit that Malaysians are better off today than our forefathers but we can’t deny that some have benefited more from NEP because of weaknesses in the implementation process.
Hence, we fully support affirmative action that should be based on needs and merits. The race factor should not be the sole criteria in boosting the country’s social economic development.
Needs and merits should be the basis and key fundamentals of policy decisions.
Barisan after being in power for 53 years has its fair share of weaknesses, abuse of power and corruption. We do not claim to be a perfect government but hope that Malaysians will deliberate carefully if they think Pakatan will be a better choice.
In the battle cry for change by the Pakatan Rakyat in the 2008 elections, we noticed that the only change DAP has brought about was to strengthen PAS and deliver Chinese support to them.
We feel if Pakatan comes to power, PAS would be in the captain’s seat. PAS will not forget its autocratic Islamic stand and don’t be surprised if PAS comes back to power, it will turn back the clock.
We also need to reaffirm our commitment to the Chinese community that MCA is very sensitive to their needs and that the party has a role to play within the government and be their voice.
Sir, we stand beside you in facing the challenges of nation building and the obstacles you face. We are committed to achieve the prime minister’s vision of a 1 Malaysia agenda by 2020.
Sir, we believe that in you that we see hope for a change for a better Malaysia.
Together we will work to achieve 1 Malaysia by 2020.
* The above is the speech delivered by MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek at the party’s annual general meeting on October 10, 2010.
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.
MCA Kini Kesuntukan Masa
Artikel oleh Lim Ching Long dalam ruangan Yuan Lun di muka surat A12, akhbar Nanyang Siang Pao, 13 Oktober 2010 ini menyentuh mengenai Perhimpunan Agung Tahunan (AGM) MCA yang lalu.
AGM kali ini mengutarakan suara hati orang ramai. Jadi, Jawatankuasa Pusat tidak boleh pandang ringan. Oleh kerana ia mencerminkan suara orang ramai, maka ia bersabit dengan kepentingan dan keuntungan orang ramai serta isu-isu penting yang berlaku dalam masyarakat yang perlu MCA hadapi.
Tetapi menyedihkan, perhimpunan AGM pada 10 Oktober lalu menyaksikan dalam semua usul yang dibangkitkan, ia umpama menukar botol baru tetapi isinya tetap lama.
Sebagai parti kedua terbesar di negara ini, MCA tidak sepatutnya kemukakan usul yang begitu umum, kurang isi dan tidak mantap. Ia seperti mengemukakan usul untuk pandangan individu. MCA juga tidak sepatutnya mengusulkan cadangan dan sesuatu tajuk yang tidak jelas, contohnya isu-isu yang menyerang orang lain.
Sepatutnya, MCA mengemukakan usul yang boleh dilaksanakan. Jika semua usul hanya dapat tepukan dan sorakan penyokong, ia bukanlah satu keadaan yang tepat dan baik, seperti ikut arus tiupan angin. Perhimpunan AGM sepatutnya bersungguh-sungguh mengusulkan isu-isu yang lebih tepat, termasuk apa yang rakyat mahukan seperti pendidikan, ekonomi, budaya, politik dan masalah kehidupan dalam masyarakat.
Keseluruhan usul AGM pada 10 Oktober lalu tidak cukup menyeluruh, terutama sekali berkaitan pendidikan. Seperti ada satu kebocoran yang boleh menyebabkan penyelewengan dan tidak ada penghujungnya.
Kali ini, usul untuk pendidikan ada tiga iaitu menetapkan sistem peruntukan pembiayaan ke semua aliran sekolah, selain semua sekolah pelbagai aliran diletakkan di bawah tunggak pendidikan serta program pendidikan negara; yang kedua Kementerian Pelajaran perlu menghapuskan kandungan pelajaran yang tidak sesuai dan ketiga, menyeru kerajaan supaya terus membantu pelajar cemerlang serta memberi lebih banyak peruntukan terhadap mereka.
Apa yang kami tidak faham, kenapa AGM pada 10 Oktober lalu langsung tidak menyentuh mengenai pengiktirafan sekolah menengah Cina dan sijil peperiksaan gabungan sekolah menengah Cina, termasuk penambahan sekolah-sekolah Cina serta guru-guru bahasa Cina di maktab perguruan. Adakah isu-isu ini sudah dapat diselesaikan dan tidak perlu lagi diusulkan?
Selain itu, semua ahli MCA perlu faham iaitu masyarakat Cina mahu lihat perkara yang jelas, bukan seperti menggelabukan pandangan melibatkan perkara-perkara tertentu. Contohnya pelajar sekolah menengah Cina boleh menggunakan keputusan SPM untuk masuk ke maktab perguruan, atau perlu membina sekolah Cina di kawasan bilangan penduduk kaum Cina yang ramai, dan bukan apa yang Liow Tiong Lai sebutkan, “kawasan perumahan lebih 3,000 penduduk kaum Cina” ataupun Chor Chee Heung umumkan “lebih 5,000 penduduk Cina di satu-satu kawasan, boleh buat tambahan bina sekolah rendah Cina”.
Hanya usul yang menjurus kepada keuntungan dan kepentingan rakyat saja akan dapat sokongan rakyat. Sepatutnya, selepas AGM ini, MCA pusat perlu mengadakan beberapa sesi perjumpaan untuk membincangkan isu yang telah diusul untuk pelaksanaannya.
MCA juga perlu bersama-sama membincangkan isu-isu seterusnya, menjemput kementerian ataupun jabatan berkaitan untuk sama-sama duduk berbincang bagi selesaikan isu, menggunakan langkah-langkah untuk selesaikan masalah, selain menghantar laporan lengkap dan laporan balas kepada kementerian ataupun jabatan yang berkaitan dengan segera.
Tepat apa yang disebut oleh Ong Ka Chuan bahawa masyarakat Cina kini kurang yakin pada MCA dan ia dapat dilihat melalui keputusan beberapa pilihan raya kecil yang lalu. Bagi menangani pilihan raya umum akan datang, MCA sudah kesuntukan masa.