Tips To Keeping MCA Relevant
Latest ‘brotherly skirmishes’ between UMNO and MCA has attracted much attention in the last few days. It all started during the recent Chinese Business Congress, when MCA proposed for the gradual removal of the 30% Bumiputra equity requirement in certain sectors of the economy.
In justifying ‘poking his fingures’ on the hyper-sentive issue, MCA President Chua Soi Lek among other things stated:
…….” MCA is sensitive of its role within the Barisan Nasional but we have a role to play as Chinese-based party so that we can continue to be relevant. …..”
By reading ‘in-between the lines’, obviously, the main issue here is MCA would like to remain RELEVANT. And it goes without saying that CSL would like to see himself, and other MCA leaders, to remain RELEVANT to the Chinese community.
If that’s the main concern of CSL, then why take the short-cut way… by trying to be like DAP…. by trying to deny the Malays certain policies related to the ‘code 153’?
In a way, I think CSL is SHORT-SIGHTED. Had he looked a bit deeper into the PAST, before 2008, he should ask himself, WHY MCA WAS RELEVANT THEN?
The simple answer is, MCA has failed to educate the Chinese community the HISTORY OF THE REGION, the FOUNDATIONS OF THE COUNTRY, and matters such as the SOCIAL CONTRACT AMONG RACES.
MCA’s negligence has allowed the DAP to sow SEEDS OF HATRED towards the Malays, by instilling ideas that the Chinese are discriminated against….. despite the Chinese DOMINANCE in the private sector.
To emulate the ‘dances’ of DAP will only bring MCA closer to IRRELEVANCY.
To remain relevant, MCA has to go back to the BASICS. MCA should not be embarrassed to reflect on the history of CHINESE IMMIGRATION into the then Tanah Melayu in the 20th century, and how they were eventually granted citizenship, by having some understandings with the Malays.
And then, how they work alongside the Malays to build the country in a WIN-WIN formula. And the path taken by the MCA founders have enabled the Chinese to develop and prosper by LEAPS AND BOUNDS.
Lets not be bogged down by the code-153. Just look at the bottom line and ask this questions: Is there anywhere else in the world where the chinese are better off than their counterparts in Malaysia?????
Malaysia may not be THE BEST, but not many will dispute that Malaysia is AMONG THE BEST place under the sun for the Chinese, especially those who are CITIZENS OF MALAYSIA.
Malays are NOT against the Chinese. They are only against WHOEVER who are inclined to encroach into the SANCTITY of the code-153.
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