Thursday, November 13, 2008

Where is MCA heading to?

In spite of significant institutional reforms, MCA seems has yet to build a truly participatory democracy.

Ong Tee Kiat

The new leadership line-up announced by MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat and the emphasis that the line-up is not meant to please certain group of people once again portrays his lone-ranger, almost maverick image.

Ironically, the appointment of veteran leader Datuk Ng Cheng Kiat as the disciplinary bureau chief, instead of the deputy president and he himself who doubles up as the Johor chairman clearly perceive the hidden political agenda that seeks to possess another person for his self-benefit purposes rather than the interest of the party as a whole.

The rationale that it was not MCA's tradition for deputy president to head the disciplinary bureau and according to party traditions, the party president has always been Johor state liaison committee chairman are neither justified nor acceptable.

Could he fulfill the obvious desire among people to see the reform of MCA and MCA to be more vocal to articulate the frustrations of the Chinese remain the interesting questions to be answered.

Undeniably, Tee Keat is only widely perceived as not popular with Umno due to his controversial, lone-ranger style.

He has crossed swords with both Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein Onn and his deputy Khairy Jamaluddin on several occasions as well as offended many Umno leaders along the way. It would be interesting to observe the impact after the UMNO party election.

In MCA, he exploited adroitly the differences of various factions in the past, and his survival skills are truly impressive.

However, other than uttering sophisticated phrases in Mandarin to enchant the Chinese-speaking crowd, he has not come up with any initiative as to how he would reform the party, not to mention policy changes in government

Can he mobilize in the fight against corruption is another question remain to be asked. Often, it simply waits for someone else to do it.

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