Remember ? You forgot ? This can perhaps remind us all.
But some analysts realised that the 10-10-10 EGM might go awfully wrong than intended. These were based on the attendance at the pre EGM dinner and sentiments on the day of the 10.10.10 EGM before votes were casted.
One politician highlighted an important point to me recently - MCA politics thus far is all a numbers game. Both camps knew their support and their numbers.
Using the "Central Delegates voting" system, support and votes can be pre determined or calculated all these while.
Tee Keat's support were measured and calculated and so was Soi Lek's prior to the 10-10-10 EGM. Not all, but to a large extent as some Central Delegates tend to remain independent of current and past MCA warlords' influence.
I cannot stop but wonder if someone pulled the carpet from Tee Keat's leg. Someone must have known the numbers game very well.
If it is true, then the "traitors" in Tee Keat's camp must have considered the payoffs of the EGM if the three resolutions go against Tee Keat and Soi Lek during the campaigning period as we approached the 10-10-10 EGM.
The payoffs surely would have benefited those whom are next in line - the Third Force as first hypothesized by Datuk Ti Lian Ker.
With perfect information on the numbers game in hand, only minimal effort is needed to influence a small group of Central Delegates to cater for their intentions (e.g. own support base).
After the 10-10-10 EGM, "a cartel" arranged several meetings on their own. One of these involved coaxing MCA Central Committee members, Ministers and Deputy Ministers to sign a letter to pressure the President. (Hotel N**** ?)
Several meetings were organized and held to discuss and collude on who to fill the "vacancies" before the Central Committee even met to discuss the results of the 10-10-10 EGM and produce a solution.
There were NO CALLS from this "cartel" for fresh elections to determine who to fill those "vacancies" either.
They decided to collude and decide on the office bearers among themselves. And to them, that is democratic and acceptable.
The status quo now have caused a particular group to be seen as knife and dagger wielders out for career progression while riding on righteous but veiled values like democracy, principles and respect.
Let me now point to you what Liow Tiong Lai once said about Ong Tee Keat and you can compare it with his stand today.
- "Today, in MCA's core leadership, the pair of Ongs is more capable in agglomerating and leading the party. This is too important for MCA," said Liow. (My Sinchew - 23 September 2008)
- The MCA is now on a difficult and tedious journey to redeem itself and to win back the support of the Chinese community in particular and all Malaysians in general. We need a leader who has the credibility and moral standing to make the MCA a modern, reconfigured and cohesive party that is able to support and strengthen the Barisan Nasional (BN). Ong is our clear choice to perform such a task. (joint statement by MCA Ministers and Deputy Ministers, My Sinchew - 23 July 2009)
- MCA leaders at all levels have pledged their full support to party president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat in overcoming the current challenges, said party vice-president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. He said the delegates understood the hurdles that Ong is facing and believe that what he is doing is in the interest of the party and Barisan Nasional. (The Star - 17 Aug 2009)
Today, a different tune is sung.
Are these the sort of leaders which the Chinese community want and support ? And are these the type of leaders that UMNO, MIC and Gerakan want to work with ?
I will publish two more related articles soon and I will republish an old article over the next few days. It is time we end this once and for all.
I call these Treachery in MCA and I call the 3rd force "a cartel".