Umno will simply let MCA die in the next election.
‘Nazri cadang MCA keluar BN’ — said the headline in news portal Tranungkite.
It was also reported yesterday in Malaysiakini that ‘Pembangkang, Dr M sedia bersama jika MCA keluar BN’.
Tak ada BN, MCA boleh mati lah kah kah kah MCA ni sampah je buat UMNONOK fb.me/4pENJLJHi—
Ratu Naga ™ (@Ratu_Naga) September 11, 2016
Ridding themselves of enemy in the fold
Cabinet minister Nazri Aziz is a president’s man. His blunt-talking maverick reputation allows him to function as Najib Razak’s stalking horse.
And Najib is a smooth operator. Thus he is one who sends out his signals only subtly. Although the BN chairman has not himself said anything as yet, the outburst by Nazri should be taken as a very, very broad hint.
After all, MCA has been attacking and undermining Umno of late. The party did not, moreover, even rebuke its past president Ling Liong Sik for openly siding with Tun to oust Najib.
There are enough influential voices in Umno who believe that MCA is a gunting dalam lipatan that’s ready to stab BN in the back come GE14.
Nazri Aziz rings MCA’s death knell
The Umno right wing detests MCA and can’t wait to see the back of the BN Chinese component party.
MCA is viewed as a drain on BN resources and the Umno machinery because its seats are in Malay-majority areas.
Umno has appraised that the pro-establishment Malay electorate will refuse to support MCA in the next polls. There is a strong chance that MCA will cause BN to lose many of the seven seats currently held by the washed-out party.
Furthermore, some in Umno are convinced that seats previously lost by MCA, such as Alor Setar, Raub and Padang Serai, can be recovered if an Umno candidate was put up instead of an unreliable Chinese whose loyalty is suspect.
Najib is surrounded by hawks and has been finally persuaded by them to see the practicalities of the situation.
With this decision taken in the citadel, it’s the end of the road for MCA.