The first salvo ?

Those who still have doubt about what I wrote yesterday, Is another party fight looming?, should read what Malaysiakini posted today. Malaysiakini reportedthat Ling Hee Leong, the deputy Ketua Pemuda MCA, has come out in support of Chua Soi Lek. By the way, Ling Hee Leong, for the very few that still do not know him, is the son of the former MCA president, Ling Liong Sik, who I am sure needs no introduction.

hee-leong.jpgHee Leong

With him firing the this salvo, a split and a possible battle/witch-hunt in MCA may be inevitable.

What a timing! To create this sort of scandal so near the election is akin to smashing a stone onto one’s own foot. Why then did this happen?A miscalculation most probably on the part of whoever is behind the recording, I would like to think so.

The senior Ling is one of the  shrewdest  political strategists not only in MCa but in the whole of Malaysian political arena.

 Did Hee Leong get the tacit permission from the senior Ling for coming forward to fire this salvo? If there is a tacit agreement, what is the meaning behind all these?

What I know for certain is that if there is a split in the MCA camp, it would definitely affect the BN’s performance in the urban areas, and maybe even in Johore, which is deemed the BN’s as well as MCA’s fortress.

One cannot help but to wonder whether the about-turn of Chua, from first insisting that he won’t resign despite admitting adultery,  to sudden resignation of all his positions in a short span of 24 hours, has anything to do with the former MCA president. Did Chua consult his mentor and master ? I will leave it to you to think hard about this.

I will post the Malaysiakini’s report here for the convenience of those non subscribers of Malaysiakini:

Malaysiakini news

Sex tape: Ling Jr defends Chua
Beh Lih Yi | Jan 7, 08 5:51pm
MCA Youth deputy chief Ling Hee Leong has fired a salvo against the party leadership over their handling of the sex scandal involving the former vice-president, Dr Chua Soi Lek.

Hee Leong (photo), son of former MCA president Dr Ling Liong Sik – who had handpicked current chief Ong Ka Ting – said the party’s stance was akin to demanding the use of ‘transparent toilets’ by all politicians.

“People don’t invade other people’s private lives for nothing. It’s not fun and there is nothing to gain. (Politicians) have a basic right to privacy like everyone else,” he told Malaysiakini in Kuala Lumpur today.

“Otherwise, we should build special glass toilets with no doors for politicians (so that everyone can see them inside).

The rising young politician’s hard-hitting comments came amid speculation of political rivalry within MCA.

This is believed to have prompted Chua’s resignation from all party and government posts last week, after a video recording was released of him having sex with a female “personal friend”.

The footage, apparently recorded with four hidden cameras in a hotel room in Batu Pahat, was widely circulated by unknown individuals in Chua’s political base – his home state of Johor.

This has triggered speculation that it could have been the work of party insiders seeking to kill Chua’s political career. He had risen to the No 3 post in the 2005 party election after obtaining the second-highest number of votes among the four vice-presidents.

Chua, 61, was said to be eyeing the top two posts in the forthcoming party election this year and was set to pose a strong challenge to Ka Ting or his deputy Chan Kong Choy, if he chose to challenge them.

Top MCA office-bearers in an emergency meeting held shortly after Chua’s resignation said they had “regretfully accepted” Chua’s decision to step down.

‘Get out of party!’

Asked to comment on this today, Hee Leong – the Kuala Kangsar division chief in Perak – said he did not want to be drawn into a debate although he had earlier issued a statement describing the episode as a “political plot”.

Without naming names, he nonetheless took a strong stance against those who have felt threatened by Chua’s popularity.

“(Any contest means) giving the delegates a choice, that should be the way. If (people) can’t accept a challenge, they should just get out of the party – get out of the party!” he stressed.

He also said the party should try and identify the culprit behind the controversy, although a police investigation is already underway.

“We are a transparent party with healthy political culture. We must get to the bottom of this because this is not the president’s or secretary-general’s (Ka Ting’s elder brother, Ka Chuan) party. I was born and brought up in this party too,” he argued.

“We have to get the main culprit – not the machai (underlings). There can be many (sacrificial) lambs, but we want the shepherd.”

The term ‘healthy political culture’ was introduced by Ka Ting in the aftermath of the Team A-Team B bitter factional fight led respectively by Liong Sik (photo) and his then deputy Lim Ah Lek.

They stepped down together in May 2003 under a peace plan brokered by premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad and named their respective proteges, Ka Ting and Chan, as successors.

‘Pride of Johoreans’

While Ka Ting and Chua were both from Team A, they were said to have fallen out last year – a claim which the duo have rejected.

Ka Ting was appointed acting health minister last week – an announcement that observers see as paving the way for his elder brother to assume the post after the next general election, which is widely expected to be called in March.

Chua, who was a staunch supporter of Liong Sik throughout his 17-year presidency, has remained close with him and wields much influence among the latter’s hardcore supporters.

Liong Sik, whose parliamentary seat was passed over to Chua after he retired five years ago, has so far not spoken on Chua’s controversy.

But Hee Leong’s remarks today are expected to raise eyebrows ahead of a crucial MCA central committee meeting tomorrow. The party’s highest decision-making body is meeting for the first time after Chua’s resignation to fill the posts he left vacant.

While it is believed Chua’s vice-presidency will not be filled pending the party election – which will begin in April – Ka Ting (photo) is widely expected to be made the acting Johor state chief, on the basis that it would help stabilise the situation.

On this, Hee Leong said with apparent sarcasm: “It would be an honour and (matter of) pride for the Johoreans (MCA members) to have the president as the state chief.”

He was, however, quick to add that Ka Ting, being a parliamentarian from the state, will be in a good position to understand the need of the grassroots.

Hee Leong had been tipped to run for the Labis parliamentary seat – held by Chua after Liong Sik – in the coming general election.

However, he brushed aside a question on whether Ka Ting’s appointment would jeopardise his chances, although the latest talk is that negotiations for Hee Leong to stand as candidate have already failed.

“I don’t care about myself… after all, who is Ling Hee Leong?” he asked rhetorically.

22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. meltingpot
    Jan 07, 2008 @ 22:45:58

    the lines are drawn, the swords are out….let the battle begin!

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  2. motivationinmotion
    Jan 07, 2008 @ 23:56:22

    Julius Caesar had his Brutus
    In the political arena brutal
    Any wrong move will be fatal
    With poor use of resources mental

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng
    http://MotivationInMotion.blogspot.com
    Mon. 7th Jan. 2008.

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  3. stanley koh
    Jan 07, 2008 @ 23:59:24

    The MCA scenario is getting more exciting. Much waters has flowed under the proverbial bridge since the party crisis of the Team A and B which led to the current scenario. Those who want to know more should subscribe to Malaysiakini. Because I will be writing my routine column soon. I have retired from MCA since working for the past 22 years under three MCA presidents, Tan Koon Swan, Ling Liong Sik and the current incumbent Ong Ka Ting.

    Stanley Koh

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  4. monsterball
    Jan 08, 2008 @ 06:42:54

    hahahahaha…..The young man who brags he paid a RM100 income tax ha grown up….talking fair and justice for MCA.
    In UMNO….it is M bin M…and many more.
    In MIC…the King is truly living like a King.
    Poor Gerakan….got out of MCA..stuck to the thieves and hypocrites…for so long. Serve them right to also be totally selfish.
    Forget Kyveas…..now so quiet……mus have got some signals to please him. Otherwise.he will fight like hell. Why so quiet….no balls to talk on Hindraf case too.
    Sooooo. ..What’s new Doc?

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  5. monsterball
    Jan 08, 2008 @ 06:49:35

    I mean RM100 million to income tax… paid by Ling Jr. at age 21. He said it…..It does make me and millions of Chinese feel like fools working so hard and cannot pay few hundred thousands….as the more we pay taxes…….means the more profits we made. He must be the smartest Chinese in Malaysia.

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  6. monsterball
    Jan 08, 2008 @ 06:53:28

    Gaffar Baba was actually a MCA President for a brief time!!
    History to repeat itself?
    It will be fun to watch.
    Most of all…are Chinese voters…all awaken to the many truths?

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  7. hsudarren
    Jan 08, 2008 @ 10:13:56

    Stanley Koh, looking forward to read your column in Malaysiakini. You were their think tank, am I not right?

    You can , with your wealth of experience, offer a lot of insight for the party leaders to chnage their ways . the perception is that they are always fighting among themselves for positions, but seldom dare to counter head-on-head against outside unfiar policies.

    Good medicines are often bitter. Maybe , with you retire as their think tank, you can offer a lot of good medicine for them. Even if these are bitter, I really hope they will swallow it and change their ways.

    May peace and calm be upon you.
    🙂

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  8. pedrotan
    Jan 08, 2008 @ 10:26:20

    Someone is trying to create history in MCA?brother succeeds brother to be president? Two out of four ministerial posts go to one family?Through appointment by the president, not by popular votes! Very healthy political culture!

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  9. jeff
    Jan 08, 2008 @ 12:00:00

    How MCA can get respect from Umno? if they continue infighting among themselves over power . so pathetic…

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  10. intan
    Jan 08, 2008 @ 13:53:40

    I dont understand the meaning of healthy political culture. The President appointed his elder brother Secretary-general of the party, Perak state mca chairman, principal of MCA’s School of Political Studies, Council member of TAR College and UTAR. Is this healthy political culture? Can some one from MCA enlighten me please.

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  11. hsudarren
    Jan 08, 2008 @ 14:51:56

    Intan, politics is all about interest. that is why when certain interest changes, alignment of people changes. friends become foes and foes become friends.

    To a politician, the only one he can trust is often his own relatives.

    Blood is always thicker than water. So it is easy to see why.

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  12. A true Malaysian
    Jan 08, 2008 @ 17:18:05

    Under the present so called formula among BN parties, the formula is so rigid that ‘you get what allocated to you’. So, it doesn’t matter who ultimately lead the component parties of BN. These people will fight all out like dogs to get the ‘bones’ allocated.

    Under such formula, Malaysia will not get the best out of its people to lead the country as, take for example, if there is ‘no real qualified candidate’ to lead the Health Ministry, any Tom Dick Harry will become Minister of Health as the post is already allocated to that component party, which in this case MCA. That is the reason why we get unqualified people all over the administration of the country.

    So, let these people fight and perhaps they will find themselves out of the game after the coming GE. Malaysia really need a white wash now, don’t let the bird fly away this time.

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  13. A true Malaysian
    Jan 08, 2008 @ 22:15:04

    I discovered a posting about Dato Nik Aziz in http://kickdefella.wordpress.com/2007/06/18/chinese-culture-and-heritage-festival-2007/, a gentleman where a lot of people have wrong perception. I believe he is indeed a ‘gentleman’ where politicians in Malaysia can emulate.

    Thanks monsterball for guiding me to this kickdefella.

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  14. jeff
    Jan 09, 2008 @ 04:50:02

    when you have only one bone, every hungry dog will fight till he die to have it, it has been this way since the founding of MCA, it is very “healthy” to party leadership.

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  15. intan
    Jan 09, 2008 @ 11:10:53

    i suggest okt appoint his brother, mca’s sec-gen, to be a senator and then take over as minister of Health. This is what okt, the president of mca wants, and this is common knowledge among mca members.

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  16. hsudarren
    Jan 09, 2008 @ 12:51:45

    intan, Ministry of health is a dead end. So, a better option will be ; move FCO or CKC to Ministry of health and let OKC take over their ministry.

    When OKT finishes 9 yrs, he can still control through his brother. The power behind the throne.

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  17. intan
    Jan 09, 2008 @ 15:50:41

    Good suggestion hsudarren. This is the sure way to prolong the ong dynasty. MCA Central Committee take note:support your President. This is okt’s healthy political culture?!

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  18. monsterball
    Jan 10, 2008 @ 00:32:34

    MCA is half dead party and will be completely dead after general election.
    Most need to quarrel with each other….to rojak the party….a clear sign. Where do they have the Chinese interests in their hearts…all for show only.
    It is their own relatives and friends…plus great balls carriers ..
    How can one be proud to be MCA member…beats me.

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  19. monsterball
    Jan 10, 2008 @ 11:32:22

    You are welcome..’A true Malaysian” writer.
    But try to go to the current post and view so many photos and different moods of “kickdefella”
    You may enjoy more as.. he is not such a serious political blogger.
    And here …we have a more serious…..but down to earth political blogger..with a touch of humour and doctor’s advises on health..with class…depth and great commonsense….hahahahahaha

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  20. jeff
    Jan 11, 2008 @ 03:49:36

    Healthy political culture is just a political slogan used by leadership to fool party followers and supporters,
    same goods in a different package, MCA political gimmick.

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  21. stanley koh
    Jan 15, 2008 @ 21:27:43

    Thank you, dr. Sorry I miss your wishes earlier. Today, Jan 15 2008 Malaysiakini has posted my first interview. I rpomise you lots more to come in time, the inside and insight story of MCA. The truth has to come out.

    Thank you for your encouragement. stanley

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  22. jeff
    Jan 18, 2008 @ 02:57:50

    What type of idiot mentality is it? CSL is a pride of Johorean, Johor MCA branch is so shameless , how any woman can continue to support these bunch of jokers and womanizers.

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