There is an English expression, BLESSING IN DISGUISE. This fit well into what had FURNISHED the ‘later-part’ life of Chua Soi Lek, the newly-elected President of MCA.
A few months before the last General Election, CSL lost almost everything, after his ‘sexual misendevours’ became public. He openly admitted his GUILT, and relinquished all his Government and party posts. Fortunately for him, his wife did not leave him, infact remain supportive and loyal to him.
His open admission of GUILT was seen by some as NAIVE and STUPID. But, as later chapters of his life unfolded, his open admission somehow managed to protrude his HONESTY, and at the same time, win some sympathy. This was proven when he capitalised on his predicaments to push himself up the POLITICAL LADDER by winning the contest for the Deputy President of MCA at the end of 2008.
And, last Sunday, in the arguably THE MOST CLASSIC contest for the MCA Presidency in its history, Chua managed to garner enough support to push himself up to the TOP OF THE LADDER, by being elected the 8th President of MCA, defeating both the immediate past-President, Ong Ka Ting, and the serving-President, Ong Tee Keat.
Had there been no such public ‘humiliation’, Chua could have been satisfied with the vice-President of MCA and a ministerial post to look after. And, with Ong Tee Keat almost 10 years younger than him, there would be a very slim chance for him to move up the ladder.
To many MCA observers, they believed that Ong Tee Keat charted his own downfall by INDUCING the sacking Chua from his post as Deputy President, which he won despite the earlier sexual misendevours. OTK was then seen as ‘takut dengan bayang-bayang’, literally means ‘afraid of the shadow’. Chua must be COLD FROZEN, before he could spread his influence and support up and down the country.
And last Sunday, the VICTIM of political ‘marginalisation’ within MCA has become the VICTOR.
To some extend, the sex scandal has indirectly PROMOTED Chua up the political ladder. Challenges have successfully been turned into opportunities. Fortunately for Chua, in MCA, ‘adulterous life’ or ‘extra-marital affairs’ seem to be regarded only as ‘small sins’.
However, Chua must learn his lessons well. Turning challenges into opportunities, may happen some time, but not all the time. The delegates may be sympathetic to your open admission, and expressions of guilt, when things may have been uncovered the FIRST TIME. But if such ‘misendevours’ were to happen again, there will no longer be any mercy on you.
Another sex scandal will definitely BOOT YOU TO HELL.