Selena Tay, Segambut
While Chua Soi Lek has emerged as the winner of the MCA fresh polls, this writer doubts that it is as plain or as simple as that. This is because there seems to be an invisible hand that managed to sink Ong Tee Keat. Or rather his obstinacy in getting to the bottom of the PKFZ scandal sank him to defeat.
Coffee-shop talk in Kepong is that there is a movie director behind this drama. Ong Ka Ting, the past President of MCA who for so long has been so quiet suddenly jumps into the fray to contest for the President’s post. Coffee-shop talk is that someone instructed Ong Ka Ting to contest for the top post with the purpose of drawing votes away from Ong Tee Keat. Well, if that is true, then Ong Ka Ting has successfully completed his task.
Be that as it may, this writer thinks that the whole drama’s hidden agenda is to oust Ong Tee Keat as he was adamant in bringing the big-time culprits of the PKFZ scandal to book. Now those said culprits can rest easy.
Although this writer has no stake in this drama, still this writer was hoping against hope for Ong Tee Keat to win. But all hope was lost the moment Ong Ka Ting joined in the race for the President’s post.
Quo vadis, MCA? Can MCA recapture the Chinese vote? Perhaps they can. Pakatan Rakyat (PR) must never underestimate MCA. This is because MCA has immense influence among the Chinese guilds and clan associations. These organizations can garner massive votes for Barisan National (BN). Besides that, rich Chinese businessmen and entrepreneurs are also ardent supporters of MCA and they encourage their employees to follow their voting pattern.
It’s up to Pakatan Rakyat, especially DAP and PKR to reach out to the urban Chinese voters to convince them that PR is still the better choice. Otherwise, in the coming 13th General Election, MCA can assist BN big-time in capturing the urban Chinese vote. Rule No. 1 in any battle is never to underestimate one’s opponent. As MCA consolidate their forces and re-arrange their battle-strategy, this writer hopes that PR will remain ever vigilant and be quick to re-adapt and re-adjust to the rapid-changing scenario of the Malaysian political scene.