Things have been said, things have been done. The EGM is over and after a month of blogging, MCA delegates truly disappointed me. Well, at least 1141 delegates gained my respect !
When the mess of the leadership began, we saw how Tee Keat selflessly ordered Sec Gen Wong Foon Meng to convene an EGM for a voting process to take place on resolutions brought forth by Soi Lek and his supporters. Tee Keat did nothing for himself.
When Tee Keat talked about integrity, credibility and accountability which of course stepped on many toes in Malaysian politics, many sat around, watched and offered coffee shop talk only. Some even exploited the opportunity to attack Tee Keat.
We should ask those who criticize Tee Keat. What wrong has Tee Keat done? What has Tee Keat not done for the Chinese community?
Squatters, students, constituents, needy people, and the community have all benefited with MCA's help and Tee Keat's politics in this country given the "weak position" of MCA in today's testing times.
We then ask, when will MCA learn the political model of transition and put an end to the two faction system in the party ?
MCA will never learn. I blame the delegates and those who shout the claims that they are out to save MCA. I am disappointed.
The calls for Tee Keat to resign are already ringing not just within MCA but also among the public. However, the support for Tee Keat is also as strong as the pressure judging by the netizens' chatter.
Again, we ask the critics some questions.
What wrong has Tee Keat done? What has Tee Keat not done for the community and the people? To go on, we ask what benefits are there if Tee Keat resigns from his Presidency when MCA is in a critical stage after the severe loss in the General Election?
Some even chose to hold Tee Keat by the neck and said that if he is a man of principles, he should resign as he said to the press once that it is either him or Soi Lek and he will respect the decision of the delegates even with a simple majority.
These "head-hunters" shy away from all sorts of pertinent questions and attempt to hide within a confined space. Totally ignoring the storm ahead and the challenges thrown at MCA will be disastrous.
We hold the words of others like a religion. Yet, if that is the only argument as to why Tee Keat must resign that we can present, no clear path is outlined and we will only be seen as involved in a game of witch hunt.
Before we judge and decide, questions have to be answered. Otherwise, we will not be able to escape from the classic case of a blind mice searching for the light.
Fear not, worry not. Tee Keat is a man of principles without an inch of doubt.
He made a promise to MCA members and not just the delegates. He made a promise to the community and not just MCA. He made a promise to the people and not just the Chinese.
These promises must not be forgotten and we ask, why don't we tell Tee Keat to stay on and fulfill his promises, dreams and vision of 1MCA 1Team?
These are also principles if not promises and they truly overwrite the emotional words uttered in the leadership tussle with Soi Lek.
Having said all of these, we must also not forget the 1MCA 1Team and MCA Agenda for Change manifestos.
1MCA 1Team survives the test of time, the test of crisis and the test of leadership. 1MCA 1Team bears the resemblance of a family who shares their ups and downs, joys and disappointment, victories and losses.
1MCA 1Team is to unite the Party post-EGM. After all, MCA means family. And that is Tee Keat to all of us.
No words can describe my disappointment.