The Jurassic Museum awaits
The screenshot below shows a page in Lim Kit Siang’s blog today featuring the headline ‘It’s over for MCA‘ — an article by Mohd Ariff Sabri Aziz (Sakmongkol).
It is part of the overweaning Pakatan confidence as reflected in the cover of the latest issue of the Aliran magazine — see below — and which also contains an essay by lawyer Tommy Thomas.
(Aliran is the Penang NGO whose honorary assistant secretary yesterday accused some BN politicians of “scaremongering” while at the same time touting Malaysiakini, Malaysian Chronicle and Aliran as his recommended sources of reliable information).
Also writing on the same theme of MCA curtain call is high profile multi-millionaire Koon Yew Yin, published today in The Malaysian Insider.
I’ve summarized below Koon’s views on the imminent demise of the MCA.
Please note that they are HIS views and not mine.
Readers of this blog have sometimes asked me what is it that the Chinese are thinking. Well, there are roughly some 7 million of us in the country and I wouldn’t know what is in the mind of those other 6,999,999 Chinese.
Although I’ve been sharing my views with you, I’m admittedly unrepresentative since I refuse to vote for the opposition in GE13 – a decision which puts me in a small minority.
Koon Yew Yin’s idea of what the Chinese want will better reflect the wishes of majority and that’s why I’m reproducing them here. It’s always good to be aware of different perspectives.
I shall have my say later in a separate posting to follow on from this one.
Game over for MCA, predicts Koon Yew Yin
Koon Yew Yin predicts that the coming general election will ring the death knell for the MCA which he views as “a thoroughly politically discredited and morally bankrupt party”.
He doesn’t reckon the BN handouts to be able to win over disenchanted young Chinese voters who demand ‘Change’.
Koon writes that the Chinese “want a party that can stand up to Umno and its almost 60 years of self-serving politics of racism, cronyism and opportunism …”.
According to feedback that Koon has obtained from the Chinese community and through his participation in political ceramahs and interaction with the man in the street, the multi-millionaire forecasts that “the MCA and Gerakan will be wiped out”.
He does not believe that their candidates will be able to win even in Umno-dominated constituencies.
His worst-case scenario is based on two important considerations, i.e. the inability of Umno to “change” and the inability of MCA to discard its role as “a toady and boot-licking party”.
Thus Koon advocates a pragmatic course of action for MCA members to take, i.e. ditch their support for BN.
He encourages individual MCA leaders and MCA members to signal their disgust at Umno which has treated the MCA like “a lap dog”. This can be done by refusing to support BN in the polls.
He calls upon them to “make a stand for change by working to ensure that the BN loses and for the opposition to take over Putrajaya”.
Koon argues that while such a move may be difficult for the party top brass who have profited from lucrative contracts, commissions and Datuk/Tan Sri titles, it is nonetheless doable for the MCA middle rankers.
“[T]his is the right time to shift their allegiance to the opposition coalition and for them to work to ensure a Pakatan Rakyat victory,” declares Koon.
In his outline on how MCA mid-level leaders and ordinary party members can contribute to ousting Umno, Koon lists the following:
(1) “urging constituency members not to vote blindly for BN candidates”
(2) “secretly providing support to opposition candidates”
(3) “alerting the NGOs monitoring the elections of the BN’s dirty tricks and likely abuses”
(4) “dragging their feet on being co-opted as a BN election worker; etc.”
Koon cloncludes with saying:
“Unlike the party’s leaders who have accumulated so much wealth by being cronies of Umno, the middle-level and grassroots leadership have gotten crumbs while being kicked around. Only by working for change will they be able to win back the respect of the Chinese community and convince their friends and children that they have not sold out the Chinese community by being members of the MCA.”