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MCA - FRESH ELECTIONS OR NOT ?
MCA's internal party crisis continues even after the 10-10-10 EGM. The question mark in the party has now boiled down to - accept the Greater Unity Plan (GUP) or go for fresh party polls?
The focus today is of course on the 3rd faction or more popularly known as the 3rd force - Liow, Wee and Chew (main players).
Naturally, the 3rd force cannot afford to back down. They have a lot at stake and they can only make an "all-in" move.
The 3rd force will never back down. They will mobilize their supporters from the East of Peninsular Malaysia, the Wanita movement and the Youth movement.
They don't need each and every member from their wings or the Party as a whole to support them. All these leaders need are just the delegates or those holding office in the divisions.
From here, the leaders can claim that "we have the numbers, we have the support" and behave exactly like Anwar Ibrahim or the Anwaristas.
Don't believe me ? Read : Grassroots don't back unity plan (Liow).
No matter what Tee Keat or Soi Lek does, (MCA rejects fresh EGM, Ong axes foes from advisory panel), Anwaristas in MCA will still create instability and continue the talking.
In fact, those evidently against the GUP do have support at the ground level to a certain extent - especially Ong Ka Chuan from Perak.
All the 3rd force has to do is to continue to argue from the basis of upholding democracy, and from there, the 3rd force will still be seen as noble though some Chinese are saying that they might be overly ambitious and greedy.
This will still put MCA in a checkmate and the solution is still unclear to all.
Since "all-in" is the only move, the 3rd force will be expected to give it a shot at fresh party polls. They are widely expected to contest strategic positions such as the office of President, Deputy President and Vice President.
Of course, they have the other option to back down, rebuild their image and move to support Unity in MCA. This will be a tough decision though and the rebuilding process will not be easy.
We have to be honest.
The GUP will only work if all 3 Factions come together and wipe away all misunderstandings and uneasiness over a nice Unity Dinner at MCA for the sake of the Party.
Their supporters must also be clear that if they were to back down and pledge their support to the leadership and GUP, they must all be able to argue and stand up for Tee Keat, Soi Lek and the Malaysian Chinese Association when the need arises.
If they can't do that, for the interest of the Party, it is best that their leaders step down and allow the concept of 1MCA 1Team to carry on the work of reinventing, rejuvenating and reforming the Party.
Again, when this happens, will they resign and step down ?
In other words
- if they support the GUP, their supporters must be able to stand up for the leadership. If not, the leaders of these rebellious supporters must resign.
- if they don't support GUP, they must push for fresh party polls. But the losers might consider a comeback using the popular "Save MCA Campaign" structure.
Fresh party polls will be the best solution if the 3rd Force members are unwilling to back down and accept the Greater Unity Plan (GUP).
Tee Keat was the first to propose an EGM for fresh Party polls which were shot down by the same team who are calling for it now. Surprising, isn't it ?
Though I believe fresh party polls will end the impasse, the time has not come yet. As President of MCA, Tee Keat has the powers to call for an EGM or a Party election.
I urge him to consider this option only after he has executed his core party election manifesto which is to implement direct party leadership elections.