Wednesday, September 17, 2008

MCA Elections

We have all expected from the beginning when Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting announced his retirement that the tussle for MCA's leadership will be between two Ongs and two Chuas.

Datuk Ong Tee Keat made the earliest move by saying he will go for the top post. This piece of news wasn't surprising because there were Chinese dailies already playing the news that OTK is groomed and preferred to succeed OKT.

It wasn't clear for the remaining 3 because of several reasons. OKC was a member of the Election panel and he did not want to go for any higher posts while CSL waited to see. CSL made a bad move because he was the last one to move and CJM went ahead to go for the top post.

OKC had the grassroots support and he was certainly going for the Deputy President's post. And thus, finally we now have the line up of two Chuas vs two Ongs.

My take? I agree that CSL was a great Health Minister. His personal life is his business as long as he performs well in public service. If MCA votes him back into the leadership, I hope he maintains a certain moral standard in his personal life and excel in public service.

I do not know what CJM can do for MCA. He has tried but failed to win against OKT. OKT wasn't a very strong leader in MCA as compared to Tun Dr Ling but he managed to beat CJM, a veteran. Perhaps, it is time to move on, CJM?

MCA's veterans should be "senior advisors" that play advising roles. These veterans should provide feedbacks and inputs to the new leadership instead of challenging the young blood. If veterans keep making comebacks and cling on to power, then when will the young ones learn to lead MCA?

The party will be thrown into a panic if one day all veterans are no longer around and suddenly, the young ones are on their own. Veterans of MCA, with their experience and having once been up there, should guide the young blood to bring MCA to greater heights.

Elections are good and they show to the people that democracy exists. However, I hope the MCA leadership candidates speak about policies and party agenda. Anything other than policies and agenda will create further cracks in a visibly weak MCA.

Whatever it is, I hope after the elections, veterans that I respect who are still involved in party politics like Tan Sri Ting Chew Peh, Dato' Chua Jui Meng, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy and others can help guide the party especially MCA Youth in facing challenges ahead.

There are bound to be political differences but after the elections, whoever wins or loses, should support the elected leadership and unite the party again.

MCA is not all about one individual but it is a party of many member and can be said as the voice of the Chinese community and a major partner of Barisan Nasional and UMNO.

My choice? Datuk Ong Tee Keat, Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek and Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan. My opinion is that Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan should remain as MCA Secretary General while Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek should take up the post of Deputy President.

Datuk Ong Tee Keat is fit to lead MCA for his strong character and openness. He is also a very frank and direct leader. MCA will not a eunuch under Datuk Ong Tee Keat but an Emperor, I hope.

Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek is a very strong leader and a capable Health Minister. His comeback should provide Dato' Liow Tiong Lai a great worry.

I believe if CSL wins, he might want his portfolio back, provided that CSL becomes an MP in a still governing BN in the next term or perhaps he might be given a Senator-ship and then the Minister-ship that way.

Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan might be moving up a little bit too fast. OKC was criticised by certain quarters for his outburst on Datin Paduka Tan Yee Kew's crossover to PKR.

There goes some support. And with the widespread impression about the snoop squad linked to outgoing MCA President OKT, OKC might face some problems in the Elections.

I hope the party understands that Datuk Seri OKT has been cleared of any links to snoop squad by the party seniors led by Tan Sri Sak Cheng Lum. Vote with a clear mind. And pat Datuk Seri OKT on his back for he has done quite a lot for the Chinese.

Chinese students who needed scholarships went to OKT and they were promptly awarded funds for their studies. The poor and needy be it Malays, Chinese and Indians who approached OKT obtained assistance too. These are not lies but complete truths as they were reported in newspapers.

Although I fear that the party might split where the losing faction could possibly crossover to Pakatan Rakyat, I sincerely hope the candidates and their supporters understand the challenges of MCA and Barisan Nasional and stick to the party they have strong feelings for.

Unite for MCA and Barisan Nasional and face the wave of Pakatan Rakyat.

MCA President Candidates :
1. Datuk Ong Tee Keat
2. Dato' Chua Jui Meng

MCA Deputy President Candidates :
1. Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan - don't think he has a website yet.
2. Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek

Aside :
Sheih Kickdefella has been arrested under the Sedition Act. No idea yet on what charge but I hope Sheih and his family stay strong ! You have my support Sheih !

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