In a post yesterday, I blogged that in this critical time when MCA is at the crossroads, the party should heed the five percent Chinese voters who supported BN.
I shall explain here why I’m urging MCA to show solidarity with Umno rather than cleaving to Bersatu.
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Today a bad day for Umno
Ismail Sabri Yaakob clocked in this morning (pix below) on his first day on the job as deputy prime minister.
MCA and MIC have backed Ismail Sabri’s DPM appointment.
Umno’s Kluster Menteri is staying put in Perikatan and with the Muhyiddin administration.
Since none of the Umno ministers are quitting the cabinet, why would Wee Ka Siong entertain the idea of resigning his Transport portfolio, right?
Meanwhile the MIC president – see news clip below – made perfect sense when he challenged Umno to instruct the party’s own ministers to first withdraw from cabinet before requiring such a sacrifice from BN components MCA and MIC.
Correct exit strategy but botched implementation
Umno is internally divided between the Brexit (leave Bersatu) camp and the Remain (in Perikatan) camp.
One proponent of leaving PN emphatically is Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan.
Mat Hasan can take the moral high ground by virtue of not belonging to Kluster Menteri or Kluster Mahkamah as well as having earlier declined the bait of GLC chairmanship.
In his position, he is able to preach principles — refer his Facebook entry quoted via Sinar Harian: “Sebagai parti politik, kejelasan sebuah pendirian sangat penting”.
“Justeru dalam keadaan negara yang sangat meleset, Umno wajar tampil dengan sebuah pendirian. Membiarkan kemelesetan negara ini menerus, laksana Umno merestuinya,” Mat Hasan added.
BELOW: Screengrabs from Astro Awani report
Umno and Bersatu are two tigers on the same hill.
By continuing to remain in a government headed by Bersatu, Umno is being mauled slowly and steadily by the rival Malay party which has the upper hand through holding the all-powerful premiership.
Between 2018 and 2020, Bersatu poached Umno’s frogging MPs. Since the Sheraton Move, Bersatu has been fishing the loyalty of the Umno MPs beholden to Muhyiddin for their government positions.
When Mat Hassan mentions seeking “kuasa dan kedudukan” above, it’s clear he is taking a dig at certain of his party colleagues.
Mat Hasan also said in his FB: “Tiada individu lebih besar daripada Umno. Tiada tokoh lebih penting dari parti dan rakyat.”
It is rhetoric but nonetheless true words that the party is bigger than its current personalities. Umno is after all an old brand name.
Non Malays acquiring their ironclad Merdeka citizenship
Umno is an old friend of MCA’s dating back to their days in the Alliance which obtained for us Merdeka and later as the core members of BN established by Tun Razak.
Umno helped create the foundation myth of local lads Ali, Ah Chong and Muthu marching in lockstep to London – their arms linked in comradeship – to found modern Malaya in 1957.
For many years in the early life of our country, the Tiga Sekawan propaganda poster of three ethnicities (Malay-Chinese-Indian) coming together as friends coloured our Weltanschauung.
Before 1957, many Chinese residents in the peninsula did not possess citizenship. This conferring citizenship factor is not a matter to be made light of. Look at how Burma rejected its Rohingya ethnic minority and rendered them stateless.
Before I’m accused of mengungkit cerita lama to invoke gratitude to Umno, please consider that 1957 is not all that long ago. Burma drew its red line in the sand for qualifying citizenship at 1823 — i.e. year before the British first annexed Burmese territory (First Anglo-Burmese War 1824 – 1826).
Umno played a crucial role in easing the immigrant non Malays into the fabric of Malayan, and afterwards the post-1969 Malaysian, society.
But because our path to Independence was relatively smooth, non Malays take our right to citizenship too much for granted, forgetting the goodwill shown by Umno.
Are we (Chinese) expected to be forever grateful, some might ask?
I say biar celik sejarah sikit. One has the option of looking at a glass as half empty of half full. MCA has the option of not behaving like DAP.