An important press statement by MCA president Liow Tiong Lai recorded on video and shared on YouTube has only received 10 views (see below) in the four days since it was first uploaded.
Many people are saying that MCA today has become irrelevant. These people are absolutely right.
Liow said @ 0:18 (video here),
“Kita sedia maklum selepas perhimpunan Bersih, masalah ketegangan kaum ini semakin meruncing dan MCA gesa Barisan Nasional untuk mengadakan mesyuarat secepat mungkin untuk membincangkan isu-isu masalah kaum dalam negara dan juga dapat kita meredakan keadaan pada masa sekarang.”
Ti Lian Ker: “MCA does not want a repeat of May 13th”
I’m reproducing in full below a press statement today by MCA Religious Harmony Bureau chairman Ti Lian Ker.
By Ti Lian Ker
DAP must own up that its personal attacks against the Umno & PAS Presidents sowed distrust among Malays against the Chinese
In attacks against my party President and I as reported in The Rakyat Post, (7 Sept 2015), DAP’s Teresa Kok – pix right – is either a “block head” or just plain stupid or in a denial in not wanting to acknowledge the damage DAP had done in picking on PAS Dato’ Seri Hadi Awang and perpetually belittling the Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak or the First Lady of Malaysia Datin Sri Rosmah Mansor whether during Chinese New Year celebrations or otherwise.
Maybe I should spell it out loud here for her to understand that racial and religious goodwill that we have inherited is going down the drain as a result of DAP’s arrogance, haughtiness and refusal to understand that the Malays or Muslims also do have their sentiment, fear or apprehension of DAP’s double talk to the Chinese and to their Malay supporters.
1. When DAP starts to belittle PAS President Hadi Awang, they are not seen to be insulting Hadi personally but to the Malays, DAP has insulted a respected or revered religious leader.
I do admit that I have also criticised PAS leaders on policy proposals but I have never resorted to hitting below the belt or going on a personal attack.
2. Clearly Teresa Kok habitually resorts to personal attack exemplified by her calling me a “dead man walking”.
Just because she has exploited Chinese and Christian sentiments successfully does not mean that she can be haughty or disregard that the Malays and Muslims do have their feelings and sentiments when their perceived spiritual or political leaders were attacked by DAP or perceived DAP supporters.
3. When DAP leaders attacked or belittled a Malay religious leaders like Hadi or a political leader like Najib, DAP leaders like Teresa Kok failed to understand that it is not going to be received well by their supporters whom have exercised restraint or “sabar” which is another Malay trait.
Helen’s side note to Ti Lian Ker – Teach your newspaper’s kurang ajar reporters some manners first lah, Datuk
BELOW: Tweet by The Star‘s then senior reporter Teh Eng Hock aka Mr Regina Lee, “Oi Big Mama. U r already 70mins late. All the ladies in sarees are melting under the sun”; “hu hu hu” (tweet in reply to the Star reporter from Hannah Yeoh)
4. Basically it is a Malay culture not to be uncouth or “kurang ajar”, “mengaibkan” or be crude or ill mannered. DAP leaders have done it not only once but repeatedly because they fail to understand traditional Malay sensitivities.
5. When DAP leaders took to the front stage of BERSIH and when individuals, whether DAP members or not stepped on Hadi’s photo or burning hell notes to Najib Razak; the natural Malay perception is that “Ini Cina sudah melampau” and the blame is on the entire Chinese community.
We are saying that it should be “Ini DAP sudah melampau” and to leave the Chinese out.
6. It is MCA’s duty to draw a line and dissociate the Chinese from being associated with DAP leaders’ antics or their sympathisers (whether a member or not) before Hadi’s or Najib’s supporters retaliate and pick on the Chinese in their political ire towards DAP’s stance not only in BERSIH but also in the past like Teresa’s “no class” and distasteful Chinese New Year video series.
7. MCA does not want a repeat of May 13th or Low Yat Plaza melee, etc whereby innocent Chinese are picked on indiscriminately by other extremist groups in retaliation to a perceived Chinese act. Thus we categorically spell out that DAP’S leaders or sympathisers ill-mannered acts cannot be attributed to the Chinese.
We are saying these acts must be attributed to DAP and not Chinese per se.
BELOW: Innocent Chinese newspaper columnist is accused by Hannah Yeoh of holding (anti-Islam) “extreme views”
8. DAP must own up and take political responsibility if they have caused racial tensions or anger. They cannot allow the whole Chinese community to bear the brunt of the anger to their political posturing or antics that have gone overboard.
9. Teresa being a seasoned politician must learn to take political responsibility and not split hairs as to whether those involved are actually members or sympathisers.
10. In politics when the emotions are high, racial religious sentiment will take front stage. It is DAP’s failure as a multi-racial party if they are still seen to be representing the Chinese by Umno or PAS.
It is our duty in MCA to protect the Chinese and tell Perkasa or Pekida not to pick on all Chinese but individual DAP leaders or sympathisers.
11. It is naughty of Teresa to attribute our concern for the Chinese community as repeating Utusan Malaysia‘s lie. Obviously Teresa is attempting to provoke the Chinese sentiment against MCA by bringing in Utusan Malaysia. It is typical of DAP to resort to personal attacks or abuse as they are experts in this area. We in MCA are concerned for the Chinese community irrespective of whether they support us or not. Just like during the Mei 13th incident, MCA leaders and grassroots will be around to help solve problems and work for peace. DAP can continue to call MCA names but the proof is in the pudding. – Ti Lian Ker
Ti Lian Ker’s admission above is wholly accurate.
However it is too little too late judging from the Bersih 4.0 rally and the consequent threatened retaliation through a Red Shirts counter rally.
And despite the accuracy of Ti’s observation, coming at this present juncture, it is quite worthless. Why didn’t MCA hammer home his point anytime in 2012? In 2013? 2014?
And why does the MCA still allow the media conglomerate-Nest of Evangelistas that it owns to continually backstab the BN?
The Rubicon has been crossed, or to use my own turn of phrase – The Yellow River has already burst its banks.
MCA is as good as dead and of no use to anyone. It’s best that MCA just get out of the way and let Umno deal with DAP, mano e mano.