Saturday, March 15, 2008


The long awaited MCA crisis finally started! This time the “Chinese drama” has its roots in the most serious setback humiliating 12th general election result.

MCA only won 15 of the 40 parliamentary seats it contested in March 8 polls are regarded as the most serious setback for the MCA since its formation. The grassroots leaders were utterly flabbergasted, saddened and disenchanted with the huge casualties of MCA candidates.

Both former vice-presidents of MCA Datuk Chua Jui Meng and Datuk Yap Pian Hon are accusing MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting as a poor quality leader and thus should bear full responsibility toward the dismal performance in the general election and resign.

They said it is the clear message from the Chinese community to the present MCA leadership; in particular, it’s a no-confidence vote of Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.

The basic political questions arise: Is the resignation of MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting automatically solves all the political humiliating result? Should he resigned, who should be the one replacing him? Datuk Chua Jui Meng Or Datuk Yap Pian Hon? Can he re-engineer the party and revitalize the party? Is the Central Committee support the ultimatum?

The seriousness of the political scenario of MCA facing now is the senior former vice-president sent out the ultimatum to the president at this critical time. Datuk Chua Jui Meng, serving 15 years as a vice-president of MCA and a former health minister said earlier that the main reason for MCA suffering the humiliating general election result is due to too many new faces were selected to replace senior leaders under the party’s plan to inject fresh talent into parliament.

With the nickname “a cat with nine lives", former Serdang MP Datuk Yap Pian Hon share the same view and feel that the dictatorial and authoritarian style of the president in selecting candidates had been factor in the swing against the party.

Some party members of less than three years standing were selected as candidates in the recent election, which was against Article 120 of the MCA constitution. The Article 120 stated that: “The president for special reasons shall have the power to exempt a member from the provisions of Article 120 but such special reason shall be given to the Central Committee.”

It seems that Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting should answer the question raised by grassroots leaders whether the central committee had given approval and if so when was the meeting held.

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