Classical case of Fisherman the beneficiary

Updated :

The results of the MCA EGM as reported in Malaysiakini is as followed

mca egm

Ong is gone. Chua remains as MCA member but not reinstated as deputy president.

So someone from the Central COmmittee will be chosen to be president and deputy president of MCA.

This is a blow to both factions. A classical case of ‘crane fighting with a sea clam, and fisherman is the beneficiary’.

I see the hands of rotten fish heads behind this….


For the benefits of those who have not heard of the story of the crane and the sea clam:

Once upon a time, a sea clam was on a beach of an Island, a beautiful island (translation: Pulau Inda..),  sunning and opening its shells showing its fleshy interior.. The inside was full of mud since this clam just came  from a muddy past.   He looked dirty .

A white crane flew past, high up in the sky, and came down and tried to pick at the clam’s fleshy interior  with its long beak. The clam quickly shut its shells and the crane’s beak was caught inside the shells.

The 2 would not give way to each other. The  crane continued to bite at the fleshy part, even though its beak was clammed shut inside. The calm would not open its shells.

They reached a stalemate and after awhile, a fisherman  – named Um-  with a basket full of rotten fish heads came along and caught both the crane and the clam.

The moral of the story is even though the clam is dirty and muddy with a scandalous past, it can still bring down a clean and white crane that was not too long ago, high up in the sky.

The mud of the beautiful island might never be cleared and whatever pearls that were lost among the mud would probably not be found again.



22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. clearwater
    Oct 10, 2009 @ 18:17:51

    I am a recreational fisherman, a catch & release angler, but I can tell you the fisherman is not the beneficiary of this MCA fight. The beneficiaries may be those fish with rotten heads who may breathe easier now that their nemesis may not be able to pursue the PKFZ issue, and possibly other fiascoes, to its conclusion.

    We shall have to wait and see what comes out of the slime/mud/water to claim the President and Deputy President posts, then perhaps things will be clearer.


  2. Yam Siap
    Oct 10, 2009 @ 18:23:24

    I think Datuk OTK should not resign but hang on there to fight another day. This to prevent the CSL and rotten fishhead to extend their influrence.


  3. A true Malaysian
    Oct 10, 2009 @ 18:43:06

    The results showed many people in there were implicated / involved in PKFZ fiasco. Not in their interests if Ong survive the non-confidence votes.

    MCA central delegates do not look at the larger picture, apparently.

    But, they are gone, anyway.


  4. A true Malaysian
    Oct 10, 2009 @ 18:47:32

    Dr. Hsu, straight guy cannot survive in politics. It seems you are right.


  5. klm
    Oct 10, 2009 @ 19:31:19

    Looks like the fatt tiew chong for dinner last night do not work. MCA is really in the cess pool. It will have to hold an AGM or EGM to elect new leaders.
    IT will have Team A, Team B and Team C.


  6. Nick
    Oct 10, 2009 @ 20:08:00

    I was chuckling to myself reading. You write so well and this piece reads like a poetry. Enjoyed it! This towkay party has lost most of its support from the chinese. I don’t know about others but in the last 5 years since I returned from abroad, I have hardly come across any MCA supporter. It will be a real treat when I do meet one in any dinners. I will enjoy political debates!


  7. Justin Choo
    Oct 10, 2009 @ 21:00:08

    “The mud of the beautiful island might never be cleared and whever pearls were lost among the mud would probably not be found again.”

    Then suddenly a Rocket appeared from nowhere and landed on the island; its exhaust heat liquidated all the mud and rotten fish heads into eternity.

    The dark clouds cleared, revealing the blue sky. There was a gush of fresh air and the sun shone in abundance.

    On the far horizon across the sea, a large flock of white doves flew in perfect formation approaching the shores. Thousands then landed on the pure sandy beach, with beautiful pearls in their beaks.

    What were lost were replenished, and the natives lived happily ever after.


  8. Nick
    Oct 10, 2009 @ 21:21:59

    Justin, you are a great guy to have as an “after dinner” speaker.


  9. YL
    Oct 10, 2009 @ 21:31:41

    to move a motion = 2296 members
    to annul = 2299 members

    why the inconsistency?


  10. A true Malaysian
    Oct 10, 2009 @ 21:46:31


    Beautiful writing.

    Please send this rocket to clear mud at Port Dickson beach, clear its cloudy sky, and attract, a large flock of white doves flew in perfect formation approaching the shores. Thousands then landed on the pure sandy beach, with beautiful pearls in their beaks.

    Will that happen tomorrow? RPK says yes.


  11. klm
    Oct 10, 2009 @ 22:16:57

    There is a sneaky way to get around the EGM result.

    OTK will step down as President. The CWC will appoint him as acting President until next AGM.

    1. EGM decisions are upheld.

    2. The problem of finding new leadership and arranging an EGM or AGM.

    3. No more fighting with CSL


  12. Dr Hsu
    Oct 10, 2009 @ 22:34:19

    the post was written in a hurry and had some typo errors. I have gone through it again and corrected some mistakes. Sorry for that.

    Now it is smoother.. And I forgot to put the anme of the fisherman, UMO or something like that lah..


  13. Atila
    Oct 10, 2009 @ 23:55:02

    “…fisherman is the beneficiary’…eerrr..eerr…
    looks like um-no.


  14. Clarence
    Oct 11, 2009 @ 07:39:54

    Dr. Hsu, what a nice parable you tell.

    And Justin, what an imaginative story you followed up with.

    Here is my contribution.

    One evening in 2013, a great tsunami slammed ashore as the astrologers and 4-D punters have long predicted. As the towering waves pounded the coastline, the sky turned eerily green with a full moon darting in and out of the clouds.

    The unrelenting tsunami swept away all the fishermen and their rotten fish. Their screams for help and mercy were drowned out by the thunderous crashing waves. Their muddy village called Kampung PFZ located near the beach was obliterated.

    The next day, a beautiful dawn appeared. The waves were calm, stirred by a gentle fresh sea breeze. As the sun rose, the beach with its pristine fine white sand glimmered under the brilliant sun. As far as the eyes can see, the beach was dotted with hundreds of iridescent “mother of pearl” washed up by the tsunami.

    The remaining survivors and ordinary folks of Kampung PFZ, long bullied and scorned by the fishermen, slowly made their way back to the shore. As they saw the bounty left behind by the tsunami, they fell to their knees. They looked up to the sky, raised their arms and profusely offered thanks and praise to God. Finally, their prayer for deliverance has been answered. A new dawn of hope for a better tomorrow has arrived.

    End of story.

    On a more serious note, the poll results for all 3 resolutions indicate an even split in the party. Half the people voted for and half voted against.

    Even if Ong were to remain president by some miracle or technicality, he will have an impossible task of managing the fractious party.

    The members will bicker endlessly, serving only their self interest and/or the interest of the “taiko” they aligned with. Their votes on future party elections and decisions will be strictly partisan and perhaps even self-defeating. This is to the detriment of the community they represent who will undoubtedly suffer and bear the brunt of the party’s internal strife.

    A divided party is a failed party and a doomed party. For all of us who are non-MCA Chinese, we already know who to place our bets on during the next GE. It is definitely not the clam, or the crane, or the fisherman.

    Hello Mr. Tsunami!


  15. cilipadi
    Oct 11, 2009 @ 08:40:35

    MCA never at peace, whoever helms it.

    At least the pornstar no more No.2, but he can be ‘erected’ again. What a joke, MCA members like to see him acting in another episode. Not bad.

    When the crane flying on sky, see the clam
    He never uses his brain
    Wanna eat clam without cilipadi
    What a joke, he stuck
    and, fisherman umo takes all
    Not a bad deal, after all

    Morality is not important in BN politics. How I wish I can vote…..

    Grave mistake, O eats Clam without cilipadi

    O makan clam with cilipadi, C rasa pedas


  16. Konpunboyong
    Oct 11, 2009 @ 09:24:39

    It is a sad day for MCA! A political party that dumps its leader who has the courage and integrity to combat massive corruption has no future. To me, it can be written off, thrown into the garbage bin and sent to the Bukit Tagar landfill for burial. Amen!


  17. A true Malaysian
    Oct 11, 2009 @ 11:21:24

    A very good article by Art Harun,

    “I have always observed that to most of us, being religious is more important than embracing the spiritual aspect of our faith. Being religious after all only entails ritualistic observance of whatever is decreed by our faith…..”

    continue here

    Don’t miss it …..


  18. KB
    Oct 11, 2009 @ 12:26:26

    Let’s not be deceived by OTK’s supposed zeal in fighting corruption or even getting to the bottom of PKFZ which he carefully cultivated as a public relations exercise.

    Whatever OTK did for PKFZ was for his own political survival in response to the intense public pressure. Soliciting free jet rides from a contractor under his jurisdiction shows he is not as morally upright as he would have the public believe.

    Now he is being painted as an anti-corruption crusader. Is he deserving of such praise when he has only gone after the contractor in PKFZ and not any BN politicians?

    Did he or did he not take RM10 million from Tiong? With our tainted investigative bodies we may never know the answer but why should we dismiss it outright?


  19. jason
    Oct 11, 2009 @ 12:31:00

    dr hsu,
    with the outcome of MCA, both ong tee keat and chua soi lek had been voted out. Looks like MCA members are really serious to reform.

    But what about other BN component party like Gerakan and MIC?
    MIC is still with samy vellu.
    Gerakan is still with lim keng yaik and family plus Koh Tsu Koon.

    Do you think a third force should emerge in Gerakan and MIC to kick all those bad force in Gerakakn and MIC? no more family business!!!


  20. Observant
    Oct 11, 2009 @ 18:46:40

    THe outcome of the MCA EGM should serve a wonderful lesson to all politicians that when 2 equally matched tigers fought to a deathend, the leopard inherited the throne.

    In a way it is also a fair result for it shows that being immoral doesn`t pay and our pasts will catch up with us. It is wrong to take free rides when the party who provide free rides is of questionable intent. It is also wrong to be involved in sex scandal and hope to become an honourable leader and not expected to show true leadership by example.

    The sun rises and sets, dynasties come and go and good fortunes wax and wane. A group of new leaders will replace the old ones BUT will the new leaders commit the same mistakes or learn from past mistakes.

    It is said that during tumultuous times, there good leaders are borne and raised, prove your worth …… honourable gentlemen.


  21. disgusted
    Oct 11, 2009 @ 21:21:41


    You are a wise person.


  22. cilipadi
    Oct 11, 2009 @ 22:03:18

    Well, you were insider before. You know more than myself.

    But, my yardstick is still “MORALITY”. Haha, both also got morality problems?

    O makan cili, C rasa pedas


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