YOURSAY | ‘Recent excitement over China investments has made MCA more relevant.’
What can MCA do for BN?
Clever Voter: Despite the declining support in urban constituencies, MCA will survive.
They have deep pockets and the support of the business community. The support from wealthy tycoons is because they are closed to the establishment.
Recent excitement over China investments has also made MCA more relevant.
But the political party cannot be forgiven for doing a lousy job at the policy level. They are too self-serving. The Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal is a classic case of ‘you help me, I help you’.
Not all members of Chinese community are wealthy and many do not enjoy access to employment, business and social opportunities. Sadly, this is not going to happen as long as the party is content with only crumbs.
Iiiizzzziiii: This is quite an insightful article which attempts to dwell on the psyche of the Chinese Malaysians. Good observation, but it misses the main point.
MCA caters for an aging Chinese population who yearns for the good old days, without addressing the needs of the younger generation.
It is not making any headway with them because this is the information age, and there are many ways to obtain news other than through its official mouthpiece, The Star.
In this modern age, MCA is caught with their pants down because of the younger generation’s ease of accessing information, providing them with a different take of the story.
The younger generation is very much different from their elders and perhaps the author (S Thayaparan) may want to explore this area further.
Malaysia4All: Don't forget that MCA was given a lot of leeway before by the Chinese community that continued to vote for MCA despite MCA being sidelined by Umno within the BN coalition.
MCA is no longer fighting for the Chinese, as it is clearly seen as Umno's lapdog that would not criticise Umno for its wrongdoing.
This realisation has set in that it was no longer useful voting for MCA as it is no longer protecting the rights of the Chinese minority. Cheat me once, shame on you; cheat me twice, shame on me.
The Chinese have learned not to be cheated twice.
Dont Just Talk: A past president of MCA, Ling Liong Sik said that the fish rots from the head and if the MCA leaders and followers fail to see the magnitude of corruption in this country and are blind to the fish head, who is MCA ‘tai-kor’, receiving US$681 million in his personal bank account, how do they expect the Chinese community to vote for BN in the coming 14th GE?
These are the basic principles of leadership and yet MCA leaders fail to see the elephant which is running amok in their China shop.
Korkor: If MCA is serious in getting back Chinese support, they could have left BN when Umno allowed PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang's bill on syariah amendments to be tabled.
That's the first real step towards restoring Chinese support. Instead, they barked and barked but when it comes to the crunch, they are soundless and toothless.
Therefore, the conclusion is, unless MCA breaks from BN, they will forever be deprived of Chinese's support.
Kneazle: I asked a mid-level MCA politician friend regarding MCA's support for Najib who is mired in the 1MDB scandal.
His answer was - as long as Najib-Umno survives, MCA will never die even though MCA is impotent in BN.
FGV's Zakaria grilled by MACC for four hours
Discerning Reader: We do not want to end up with all the good and honest guys in GLCs (government-linked corporations) kicked out and removed for doing what is right to protect all the Umno appointees who continue to allegedly plunder and run these companies to the ground.
In the end, it is the Malay community that suffer and the rest as usual has to pay the price to bail them out through new taxes and higher GST (goods and services tax).
Nobrain: Felda Global Ventures Holdings (FGV) chief executive officer Zakaria Arshad is a second generation Felda settler, while chairperson Isa Samad is a politician who was suspended for money politics in Umno. Who do you believe?
Anonymous 5: Can the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) be trusted to do the job as this matter involves the PM's proxies?
Usually overseas investments cannot be monitored by authorities here as they won't be able to investigate the payments easily. That’s why all overseas loss-making investments of such companies is suspicious.
The poor settlers are most affected with the share price on a downhill slide as a result of poor performance due to leakages in investments.
Clongviews: Give Zakaria legal protection on whistleblower. He sets a good example for others to follow in exposing the wrongdoings of top politicians who hold positions in GLCs for personal benefits.
Of course, such people like Zakaria must themselves be clean and have nothing to hide to flush out those who cause massive leakages.
Shamu99: It's time there is an independent select committee in hiring top management of GLC. Quit putting politicians in such positions. Give the job to deserving people.
Anonymous 2443871479002035: Zakaria, we are proud of you. At least ,we now know there are a few good men left - people who refused ‘dedak’ and are not afraid to call a spade a spade.
We hope you will overcome the odds.
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