I believe Ong Tee Keat made a wise move, both for himself and his party, to call for another EGM to decide whether fresh polls should be held.
This is the most democratic way to decide and this in effect has blocked the ascendency of many “Brutus-es” in the CC, who must be hoping that by forcing OTK to go, they could do horse trading and support one another to ascend. They must be disappointed by this decision, and with the EGM, these “Brutuses” cannot hope to have an easy way to climb up..
OF course, the coming EGM may decide that there should not be a new election, in which case, OTK would be legitimate to continue as head of MCA to finish what he said was his unfinished businesses..
If, however, the coming EGM decides that there must be a new poll, then the whole CC will have to resign and new CC elected.. If ever there is a new election, MCA members should use their conscience and not their emotions to vote in a new team of credible leaders, those who would not sell their principles in order to horse trade to move up the hierarchy.
Simple logic will tell us that if they can sell their principles just to move up, they can sell anything to get government positions , including the interests of the party and the community that these people represent.
I see the chances of realignment of political forces much greater with this uncertainties in MCA.
MIC has already been marginalised by UMNO . In fact , UMNO has begun to bypass MIC and go straight to the Indian masses through an off shoot of Hindraff, Makkal Sathi party.
A drowning man will grasp at straw, so to speak. So there is nothing to prevent UMNO to bypass MCA and Gerakan and go direct to the non Malay voters, through NGOs like Hua ZHongs and other organisations.
If I am UMNO, I will even attempt to talk to DAP. If DAP can cooperate with PAS, there is no reason not to cooperate with a more moderate and more democratic UMNO.
These component parties must be aware that they may be sacrificed at the last minute , maybe just before the next election is due.
If one month before the next election, UMNO tells MCA that in view its weak position, BN is taking away some of the seats previously allocated to MCA, a weakened MCA would not be able to fight back and would have to accede to this demand like what PPP had gone through not too long ago.
Similarly, the same thing can happen to Gerakan just before the next GE, , and what if UMNO just gives 2 or 3 seats to Gerakan instead of the traditional 12 seats allocated ?
What can Gerakan do ? It would be too late by then to opt out of BN. People would view it as opportunistic and it cannot hope to survive.
Discontent voices from UMNO divisions are already being heard at the recent Janda Baik brain storming.. If survey continues to show that component parties cannot help UMNo gain votes, why should UMNO stick to these parties?
It is ironic that component parties became weak because of its association with UMNO, and now this association is being reconsidered because component parties are weak…
This post also appears in MI ‘breaking news’ here