I was wrong when I turned sour grapes after BN lost at Bukit Gantang but I realized that if a certain cluster of the population is not voting us, we must see why and how we can improve on it.
Turning our backs to them will only make things worse.
I believe UMNO Youth, Dr Chua Soi Lek and Datuk Ti Lian Ker were right in criticizing Ibrahim Ali's suggestion to cut spending to the Chinese community in Hulu Selangor and I share their views.
But one cannot deny the facts and the truth of Ibrahim Ali's response to Dr Chua.
The words were so true that I don't see any MCA leader comment further on this matter at all except to say that Ibrahim Ali is looking for publicity. A cornered argument I must say.
Datuk Ibrahim Ali's haunting words were
"Whether Perkasa exists or not, the results would have been the same. The Chinese voters have rejected MCA even before Perkasa was formed."
MCA is really in an awkward position. He has a point, you know ?
These days, everyone keeps focusing on what UMNO leaders and Perkasa's struggles are. Naturally and evidently, these two organizations champion the causes of the majority - the Malays - in Malaysia.
Every word UMNO and Perkasa's leaders utter, it will be classified as uncomfortable to the Chinese and Indians.
May I ask, what MCA's struggles or objectives are if not for the Chinese ?
Week in week out, we have the Chinese NGOs collaborating and discussing with MCA on various Chinese issues - commerce, education and welfare.
And what gives MCA the rights to talk about Chinese community matters but not Perkasa on Malay related issues ?
As far as I know, Ong Tee Keat was the only one in MCA talking about the interests of not just the Chinese but Malaysians as a whole.
He wanted to change the way we think in MCA and the way we function though he could not proceed now.
If you ask me, from my observations, MCA leaders aren't clear at all where they are heading politically.
"Chinese Extremism in MCA" is probably my next article.