BN’s “Chinese” parties in a dilemma

This is taken from the Starits Times of Singapore. This article was also posted in MalaysianInsider.com. even foreigners think that Gerakan is a Chinese based party, which goes to show how much Gerakan has veered from its original nonracial objectives.

BN’s Chinese Parties in a dilemma

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 4 — When an Umno grassroots leader in Penang recently described the Chinese as squatters and immigrants in Malaysia, it expectedly sparked a firestorm of protests.

But what came as a surprise was the ferocity of the protests from Umno’s Chinese partners in the Barisan Nasional.

A Parti Gerakan leader even lodged a police report against Datuk Ahmad Ismail, the Umno divisional chief who made the comments during the Permatang Pauh by-election.

“Statements like this will render our hard work for the people worthless, especially if the people are gauging us from the remarks made by other component parties,” said the usually meek Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.

That sums up the dilemma faced by the two biggest Chinese parties in the BN — Gerakan and the MCA.

Gerakan is ostensibly multiracial but essentially Chinese.

Its voters abandoned it in the March 8 general election, angered by its impotence against the shrill Malay rhetoric of Umno. Six months later, the situation is unchanged.

The Permatang Pauh by-election showed that a whopping 78 per cent of the non-Malays voted for opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

This is even higher than at the March polls, when it was around 70 per cent. Even then, the MCA and Gerakan lost many of their Chinese-dominant seats.

“They no longer have legitimacy in their own political base,” said political analyst Khoo Kay Peng, who recently published a book on Gerakan.

Both parties are now under pressure from their grassroots to take reform measures, the most drastic of which is simply to walk out of the BN.

A Gerakan division leader in Kuala Lumpur, Dr Hsu Dar Ren, recently wrote in his blog that the party had become a square peg in a round hole.

“No matter how good the reform undertaken by Gerakan, if it is still perceived to be subservient to Umno and impotent to push for changes within the coalition, it is signing its own death sentence,” he said.

Such voices are set to grow louder as both parties head into their separate election seasons. Their national elections will be held next month.

This is undoubtedly going to be the main election issue, and Umno can expect to come in for some bashing. Umno, facing its own leadership tussles, is not making it easy for them.

It is in too weak a position to accommodate minority demands as it is banking on shoring up its Malay base.

But the Chinese grassroots may be running out of patience.

“Between their own survival and that of Umno, which do you think they will choose?” said Khoo.

There appears to be no imminent danger yet of either party pulling out of the BN, but political observers do not think it impossible.

Of the two parties, Gerakan is the hardest hit. Its Penang base was wiped out, and it lost talent to the DAP that now helms the state.

The frustrated members in Perak and Kedah have demanded a pullout from the BN, and similar calls can be expected when cadres in unsettled states such as Penang and Kuala Lumpur meet soon.

It could culminate in a leadership challenge against Koh for the party presidency.

No challenger has emerged, but speculation is rife that younger leaders may come forward on a platform of change and reform.

In the MCA, its president Datuk Ong Ka Ting has decided to step down. He has endorsed his successor Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat, who is seen as an outspoken reformist.

So far, no one else has declared his candidacy for the top job, but it is widely speculated that former Health Minister Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek may do so. His biggest problem is the sex video which forced him to resign in January.

The fight, if there is one, will be painted as one between reformists and the old guard.

Gerakan and the MCA are entering turbulent times, and the problem will become more acute after the party elections, when the focus will be wholly on their role in the BN.

It will not be easy to leave the BN as both parties have major business interests and cannot afford to be in the opposition.

Besides, both parties are now far weaker than the opposition Chinese-dominant DAP, which has 28 MPs. The MCA and Gerakan will become minor partners in the opposition, or if they remain independent, a voice in the wilderness.

This is their dilemma that is now coming to a boil. — The Straits Times Singapore

25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. chauncey gardener
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 11:41:31

    If actions speak louder than words, then DAP’s lineup displays more multi-racial faces than Gerakan’s.

    Hence, that is what the public perception is.

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  2. monsterball
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 11:46:58

    Yes the dogs and their master leader are at each other’s throat.
    10 years too late. We are not impressed by Koh’s sudden change of character.
    He has always been Mahathir’s favourite lap dog.
    Yeas.190m years too late.
    Go dig holes and bury yourself with dignity….repenting all your sins..for once.
    But nice to see they are bringing UMNO into their graves…cheat together……die together.
    Smart ones are resigning…everyday.

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  3. kittykat46
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 12:28:58

    “both parties have major business interests and cannot afford to be in the opposition”.

    An MCA insider made clear that the party has Absolutely no interest in going into the Opposition.

    If you think carefully, it is not an iron-clad declaration of loyalty to UMNO. What it means is, IF (a big IF) it becomes clear that PR is going to take over the Federal government and push BN into the Opposition , MCA will quit BN.

    UMNO will be on its own in the Opposition.

    Very mercenary, but I think that’s an accurate view of the current thinking.

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  4. wazzup
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 12:45:46

    ‘This is their dilemma that is now coming to a boil’

    Correction:

    ‘This is their boils that is now coming to a dilemma’

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  5. Patek1472
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 14:50:01

    To Be Or Not To Be, That is the Question. (Nak jadi ke tak jadi, Itu Soalannya)
    ——————————————————

    Phrase from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

    To be, or not to be, that is the Question:
    Whether ’tis Nobler in the minde to suffer
    The Slings and Arrowes of outragious Fortune,
    Or to take Armes against a Sea of troubles,
    And by opposing end them: to dye, to sleepe
    No more; and by a sleepe, to say we end
    The Heart-ake, and the thousand Naturall shockes
    That Flesh is heyre too? ‘Tis a consummation
    Deuoutly to be wish’d. To dye to sleepe,
    To sleepe, perchance to Dreame; I, there’s the rub,
    For in that sleepe of death, what dreames may come,
    When we haue shuffel’d off this mortall coile,
    Must giue vs pawse. There’s the respect
    That makes Calamity of so long life:
    For who would beare the Whips and Scornes of time,
    The Oppressors wrong, the poore mans Contumely,
    The pangs of dispriz’d Loue, the Lawes delay,
    The insolence of Office, and the Spurnes
    That patient merit of the vnworthy takes,
    When he himselfe might his Quietus make
    With a bare Bodkin? Who would Fardles beare
    To grunt and sweat vnder a weary life,
    But that the dread of something after death,
    The vndiscouered Countrey, from whose Borne
    No Traueller returnes, Puzels the will,
    And makes vs rather beare those illes we haue,
    Then flye to others that we know not of.
    Thus Conscience does make Cowards of vs all,
    And thus the Natiue hew of Resolution
    Is sicklied o’re, with the pale cast of Thought,
    And enterprizes of great pith and moment,
    With this regard their Currants turne away,
    And loose the name of Action.

    http://patek1472.wordpress.com

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  6. Dr Hsu
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 14:56:01

    kittykat46, i suspect some of those who insist on staying back may have “baggages”. This applies more to MCA especially. For others, they still dream of becoming a candidate next round and be Orang Besar again.

    these are those who have forgotten their roots — the people.

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  7. nick
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 15:12:06

    Patek1472, for literature ignoramus like me, kindly tell me in plain english, what does hamlet say?

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  8. A true Malaysian
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 15:27:49

    Either in or out of BN, both MCA & Gerakan are in dilema. Only MPs from both parties still have value to Pakatan Rakyat to make up the numbers for 916.

    What we can see membership of both parties will shrink tremendously because of resignation and no new member coming in.

    As what Dr. Hsu mentioned, those decide to remain in party because of ‘bagages’ and hope to be ‘orang besar’ one day. But, this scenario will be completele different if Pakatan Rakyat take over Federal Government in 916 or later. It is only a matter of timing.

    So, the coming party elections would have no bearing at all to us outsiders. Just let them have a good ‘dog fights’.

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  9. monsterball
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 16:12:16

    If Tan Cheng Lock can ‘see’ what’s happening to his MCA….he will curse and swear at those corrupted goboloks.
    Teaming up with his son….Tan Siew Sin…they may wish the present buggers …all have bad stomach aches and migraines…all year log…hahahahahaha
    Those were the days….not much corruptions.
    Seriously…just compare Tan Siew Sin…….with those guys. Under Mahathir …all are corrupt to the core. Under Dollah…most idiotic.
    Is this a co-incident?

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  10. monsterball
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 16:40:25

    hahahahahaha …nick..you are great!

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  11. monsterball
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 16:42:38

    If he can explain…I salute him….hahahahahaha
    I asked him..what does he know about watch movements…since he advertise patek…also no answer.

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  12. Justin Choo
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 17:55:00

    MCA and Gerakan are in the dumpsite, stinking with maggots. Only the members can save their souls by running away fast.

    —————————————————

    http://blackandwhite999.blogspot.com/2008/09/mcagerakan-save-your-souls.html

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  13. Justin Choo
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 17:56:47

    MCA and Gerakan are in the dumpsite, stinking with maggots. Only the members can save their souls by running away fast.

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  14. monsterball
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 19:03:09

    Justin is on heat.

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  15. monsterball
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 19:07:46

    Sorry..I mean Justin is effected by tropical heat wave.
    He needs a Rose Chan look-a-like.. to cool him.
    Wish I am in Penang now.

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  16. Patek1472
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 23:11:46

    QUE SERA, SERA -(What Will Be, Will Be)(Apa Yang akan Jadi akan Terjadi)
    —————————————————–

    Meaning of Que Sera, Sera:
    (Maksud Que Sera, Sera:)

    The expression “What will be,will be” is used to describe the notion that fate will decide the outcome of a course of events, even if action is taken to try to alter it.

    (Ungkapan “Apa yang akan jadi akan terjadi digunakan untuk maksud Takdir akan menentukan keputusan kejadian-kejadian seterusnya walaupun tindakan diambil untuk cuba menghalangnya.)

    (Lyrics written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
    for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1956 re-make of his 1934 film
    “The Man Who Knew Too Much” starring Doris Day and James Stewart.)

    When I was just a little girl,
    I asked my mother, “What will I be?
    Will I be pretty?
    Will I be rich?”
    Here’s what she said to me:

    “Que sera, sera,
    Whatever will be, will be;
    The future’s not ours to see.
    Que sera, sera,
    What will be, will be.”

    When I was just a child in school,
    I asked my teacher, “What will I try?
    Should I paint pictures”
    Should I sing songs?”
    This was her wise reply:

    “Que sera, sera,
    Whatever will be, will be;
    The future’s not ours to see.
    Que sera, sera,
    What will be, will be.”

    When I grew up and fell in love.
    I asked my sweetheart, “What lies ahead?
    Will we have rainbows
    Day after day?”
    Here’s what my sweetheart said:

    “Que sera, sera,
    Whatever will be, will be;
    The future’s not ours to see.
    Que sera, sera,
    What will be, will be.”

    Now I have Children of my own.
    They ask their mother, “What will I be?”
    Will I be handsome?
    Will I be rich?”
    I tell them tenderly:

    “Que sera, sera,
    Whatever will be, will be;
    The future’s not ours to see.
    Que sera, sera,
    What will be, will be.
    Que Sera, Sera!”

    http://patek1472.wordpress.com

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  17. jeff
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 23:42:45

    Those “chinese” in BN are look down by umnoputra daily, and totally hopeless in defending Malaysians’ interest, as slaves and beggars have no right in refuting master racist remark, don’t they understand?

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  18. monsterball
    Sep 05, 2008 @ 02:32:05

    Nick……you ask for Hamlet translation…that fella give you the 6 year old …simple song translation.

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  19. monsterball
    Sep 05, 2008 @ 07:35:48

    Good Morning to all!!
    Jeff….Those ‘chinese’ in BN…will give their wives daughters to UMNO sex crazy guys ….to gain favours.
    It is so clear …when Mahathir was PM…up to now…some 27 years.
    These MCA and Gerakan leaders are filthy rich..richer than natural rich….the late Tan Siew Sin. People take generations to work hard and some have the luck to strike it rich.
    These ‘chinese’ not need to work….just carry balls of the malays and some..offer their wives and daughters to get rich.
    So are all the UMNO ministers….as compare tom the past…so so rich.
    It is so clear…they are all so greedy for money.
    The MCA and Gerakan openly supported Mahathir….taking RM1.2 billion of our money..from Petronas to save his son……and many many more corrupted deeds…..from all ministers…and top UMNO leaders…all ‘chinese’ keep quiet…..because they are as abang adek…stealing our money.
    You should see how MCA ad Gerakan carry UMNO balls.
    They are famous pimps….getting ‘chinese’ girls for their masters.
    These low class ‘chinese’ politicians..have faces..as thick as onion skins…..like Samy Vellu….all one type…no principles in life.

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  20. monsterball
    Sep 05, 2008 @ 07:49:28

    Yes UMNO politicians..and top members….majority are sex crazy….liking all sorts of sex play…yet everyone accused Anwar.
    As you can see…majority Malaysians Malays…never buy the story at all..and know their iwn kind…real sickening hypocrites.
    The other races do not care two hoots about such low low class charges…originated by the biggest devil..Mahathir.
    Believe it…UMNO guys are sex crazy..all want free sex…just like some police officers….taking advantage of helpless females girls…once caught in prison….only for reasons .they know why.
    So UMNO guys…sex crazy…who will carry their balls…….MCA and Gerakan….top on the list.
    Why do oun think..so many ‘chinese’esign and run from these two parties?
    The truths revealed….and wayang kulit…no more lakcu.

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  21. Anak Malaysia
    Sep 05, 2008 @ 10:37:49

    Jeff,

    To be honest, it DOES NOT matter if those “chinese” in BN are being look down by umnoputra. What matter the MOST is that ALL of those SELFISH people inside BN (either UMNO, MCA, MIC, PGRM etc…) are being look down by Malaysians itself. Regardless of races or religions…

    I’ll salute and give due respect to any Tom, Dick or Harry who put the interest of the nation FIRST, than anything else. I’ve upmost admiration and respect for people like Lim Guan Eng, Tian Chua, Gobalakrishnan, DSAI, RPK, TGNA. The list goes on…

    That is the simple truth…

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  22. Anak Malaysia
    Sep 05, 2008 @ 10:45:50

    Yup monsterball,

    We never have the doubt where the sodomy cases were charged upon DSAI. The way the MSM report on the issue, the way the police handle DSAI, the way those IDIOT from UMNO keep asking for DSAI to swear on the Quran (what a farce, since UMNO are not really interested in upholding Islam anyway…) etc.

    Like what I’ve said before. Enough is enough. The more UMNO trumpetted on the issue, the more DISGUSTED we are with UMNO! Our conscience and allegiance is with this country, “tanah airku” and certainly NOT with those self-centred, greed, leeches, corruptors, swindlers and swine from UMNO or BN. PERIOD!

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  23. jeff
    Sep 05, 2008 @ 13:31:35

    I agree with you monsterball! These umnoputra guys and gals are really weird and twisted individual, they really believe they own this country and all others Malaysians are supposed to serve them and thank them for having the opportunity to live in Malaysia.

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  24. jeff
    Sep 05, 2008 @ 13:34:40

    yes anak: recent election result tell the whole story of how majority of Malaysians see MCA, Gerakan, and MIC, i do not have to elaborate it further. you are smart enough to learn from it.

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