After 308, while I was still a member of Gerakan, I voiced out the concern that the party was fast losing its relevance since it has not been able to bring about a change in the policies of BN government to be more in line with the party’s ideology of a fair and equal society.
I argued that by losing its base in Penang, and becoming a party with only 2 parliamentary seats, it could no longer hope to bring change since if it could not be effective after 2004 with 11 elected MPs (out of 12 contested) how to be effective with only 2 MPs left?
I also predicted that in the next GE, some of its seats as well as that of the MCA will be taken away and ‘loan’ to other component parties, including the BIg Brother. This move would of course erode the power of these 2 component parties, since political power emanates from the number of seats a party has. The smaller the representation, the weaker would be the power. (The word ‘loan is actually an euphemism for ‘surrender’.)
As things stand now, it is likely that MCA is going to ‘loan’ a few seats away. One is Kuantan, the other would probably be Gelang Patah, and the third might be Wangsa Maju.
With that, even before GE has started, it has lost about 10 % of its seats to the Big Brother without a fight. How is it going to represent what it has set out to represent, when it cannot even retain its own seats?
When a person cannot even fight for the interest of his own party, how can he and his party fight for the interest of the people? How can it still remain relevant? How would the electorates view this lame surrendering of power?
While the head of the party may say that this is done in the spirits of the Coalition, the fact that this is still a coalition of parties means that a head of a component party must try to get as much seats for the party in order to have a bigger say within the coalition, rather than surrender a few seats lamely to the BIg Brother. Furthermore, in Kuantan, in Gelang Patah, in Wangsa Maju, whether the candidate is from UMNO or MCA is really immaterial, since whoever chosen to stand will be contesting under BN’s logo.
By ‘loaning’ its seats, it is harder for the party to get a better result than the last GE. SO would the earlier announcement that the party would withdraw from government if it does not do better than 308 still valid, even if BN wins?
Would this 10% less of contested seats be used as an excuse not to honour the early stand that if the party cannot gain a better performance than last election, it would not join the government?
Some one from that party told me that the fate of the party was sealed when members elected this person to be the president. He has hit the nail right on its head!