CSL’s call to SUPP not to accept appointment into the Sarawak cabinet may seem sound on the surface.
He is a a very shrewd person, and he is using this to achieve several aims.
He is trying to create a ‘scare’ mentality in some of the not-so-well informed Chinese people that if in the next GE, they do not choose his party, the Chinese will have no more voice inside the government.
Anyway, even with representations inside now, the actual fact is there is also very little voice inside, but being a person with an agenda , he would not divulge this, of course. (please read one of my recent posts of how i argued that ineffective representation is worse than no representation).
The message he is trying to convey to the Chinese community is akin to a husband telling the wife that if she does not listen to him, he would abandon her and the children.
In the first place, if the husband has neglected the wife and the family, why should the wife and family listen to him again? If he has failed their trust before, why should they trust him again?
By the tie of matrimony, a husband has certain responsibility to his wife and family.
Similarly, by being a political party, the party has a certain obligations to the people even if the people reject them.
The people, in a democracy, have the right to choose whom they think is their best representation .
By an act akin to a child throwing a temper tantrum when he cannot get certain things he wants, CSL is actually going against the principles of democracy.
A responsible party would instead seriously go down to the ground and find out why the people has rejected it, and take step to win back what it has lost.
The problem with the component parties is that the component parties actually know what is the main reason they lose. It is the reason stated in my resignation statement — none of the component parties dares to challenge the hegemony of the Big Brother, and when such hegemony leads to unfair policies, none has really objected to it.
It is the unfair policies and the rampant corruption and abuses that lead to the revolt of the urban people, turning against all the lackeys that put their own interest above all else.
I think what CSL has suggested is really wrong and when he puts the blame on MCA’s cabinet positions on his predecessor OTK, he is also misleading people –trying to kill 2 birds with one stone perhaps– because at the time of 308, the president was OKT and not OTK; both has the same English alphabets, but in different sequence..
If he really believes what he preaches, I suggest he should take the lead and ask his son to resign from the deputy minister post. Otherwise, he is only playing politics; not clever politics, but a kind that has already long been obsolete and no longer apply to the current situation.