Kit Siang, in his New Year message, called on the Malaysian Chinese to “unite and rise as one dragon, together with all other Malaysians, to effect a change of power in Putrajaya in the next general elections”.
He may be better off calling on his own flock to unite. After the unseemly public feud between Karpal Singh and P Ramasamy, voters are disappointed that the party is riven by internal squabbles.
MCA, on the other hand, offers stability because of its partnership with Umno.
Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, party president of MCA, said in his New Year message, “Let us hope that the Dragon Year will bring forth greatness to our country’s economy, political stability, and a better future for all Malaysians.”
It’s interesting to note that Chua did not turn his New Year message into a political speech, as Kit Siang had tried.
In fact, the MCA may well attract more Chinese voters as it offers a more restrained polity that stands in stark contrast to DAP’s strident politics.
For the Chinese voter, economic growth is important, as is political stability and ethnic harmony.
On these three key issues, the track record of DAP is found wanting. Its handling of Penang’s economy is now being questioned. Compare this to the steps being taken by BN to boost the national economy through its reforms.
As for political stability, you only have to look at the squabbles within DAP and its patchy ties with ally party PAS over hudud. In comparison, Chinese voters may find MCA and its established partnership with Umno more reassuring.
And finally, the Chinese community’s wish for ethnic harmony looks better served by the ‘1Malaysia’ vision of all communities jointly participating in the development of the country, not by the confrontational stance taken by DAP vis-a-vis the Malay majority.
After all, in a diverse country like Malaysia, a community progresses best when it works as part of a team, not when it loudly demands its dues – that would only raise the hackles of everyone else.
The Chinese vote is going to be important in the next election, and more than most people think.
For the community could be key in deciding the future of Malaysia: do we want a prosperous country where all communities work together and benefit jointly, or a fractured society where it’s every community for itself?
Extract from The Choice here