To begin, A PIECE OF MY MIND has all along been a supporter of Ong Tee Keat. And I still am a supporter of Ong Tee Keat.
But let me point out certain things that I don't think is proper and could have been done in a better way.
I am not a yes-man and I want the best for the President, MCA and Barisan Nasional. Allow me to begin my ramblings.
Sometimes in politics, "doing nothing" is also a strategic move.
Anwar Ibrahim and Pakatan Rakyat kept on hammering Najib with allegations and policies. Yet, Najib took it like a man and did not stoop low to play the "personality and private" card.
Otherwise, Anwar Ibrahim and Pakatan Rakyat's leaders are in trouble. Najib went on to even enjoy tea with Anwar Ibrahim, the man whose supporters are calling the Prime Minister "Najis" and "murderer".
How ironic and such hypocrites among our Opposition leaders !
So anyway, Najib "did nothing" to them. And I believe so should have Tee Keat and his supporters. "Do nothing" can be a strategic move.
The Chinese community initially were unhappy to see the 3rd force led by Liow Tiong Lai, Chew Mei Fun and Wee Ka Siong as they are portraying their ambitious side and greedy characteristics.
Now, the people are wary of Tee Keat's move. Even the Press are playing the news as though Tee Keat is a dictator.
The President since the 10-10-10 EGM has been under heavy fire from all sides, internally and externally. This is a fact which we cannot deny.
Decisions made on his own will naturally be seen as a dictatorial move, although authoritative - one which we need in MCA but the timing of decision was not right.
Sometimes, there are many ways to deal with things. Tee Keat should have made the decision together with the Central Committee or at least with Deputy President Dr Chua Soi Lek.
This is to ensure that the burden of responsibility is spread among those who made the decisions. Tee Keat's image stays intact this way.
Collective decisions are seen as "more democratic" than individualistic decisions. In fact, it would have been better if the President had said that
"after a thorough consultation with the CC and the Deputy President, we have decided to reshuffle the Presidential Council to ensure 1MCA 1Team gets underway in preparation for the 13th GE"
That way, the responsibility and burden are spread - not just centred on the President alone in such testing times.
If and only if Tee Keat had announced that it was a collective decision, then, the ball game is different and perception will still be better.
Also, as we prepare for the 13th General Election, we must remember that
- Liow Tiong Lai is the Vice President of MCA and Penang MCA Chief
- Chew Mei Fun is the Wanita MCA Chief
- Wee Ka Siong is the Pemuda MCA Chief
In Pemuda MCA, the split is apparent with two factions - one under Wee Ka Siong and one under Dr Mah Hang Soon.
In Wanita MCA, the split is also apparent with two factions - one under Chew Mei Fun and another under Heng Seai Kie.
Supporters and members of MCA will be confused with the order of rank and seniority in the Party.
Do we follow the orders of Dr Mah Hang Soon and Heng Seai Kie or do we act on the orders of Wee Ka Siong and Chew Mei Fun ?
Remember that both Wee Ka Siong and Chew Mei Fun are still constitutionally and legally the elected Pemuda and Wanita MCA Chiefs.
To be honest, I worry only for the machinery and strategies of MCA in the 13th General Election. The lines have been drawn in the political battle internally in MCA.
I fear only the probable sabotages or boycotts among MCA warring factions.
Do not forget that Chew Mei Fun and Wee Ka Siong still hold the strategically powerful Wanita and Youth Chiefs position.
My advice is simple and clear cut.
- If we want to chop something, we might as well chop it all the way. Do not chop things half way.
- If we decide to chop things halfway, we might as well adopt the "do nothing" strategy and let their popularity fizzle out.
- If we chop things halfway only, the wounded might be even more vicious and when under such pressure, they will tend to do all sorts - even to the extent of executing the proverb "if I drown, I will make sure we all drown together".
I heard that there are dirt in the backyard of the 3rd force.
So why not dry the dirty linen in public and make them go down on their own, instead of sacking which will earn them sympathy and put a dent in the President's image ?
I would say it is a good move to be authoritative, but the delivery methods or the style is wrong. The timing is also wrong.
As such, again, I question Tee Keat's political strategists. Please don't send Tee Keat straight into the wall and don't ill-advice the President of MCA.