Saturday, March 6, 2010

PR must gear up for a possible early general election

The MCA Greater Unity Plan suddenly collapsed when MCA Deputy President Dr Chua Soi Lek led 7 others to tender their resignations and cauesd fresh MCA party elections.

Chua said he did not inform the MCA President Datuk Ong Tee Keat or the Prime Minsiter earlier about his resignation.

If indeed he did not inform Ong, then it is not surprising that if Ong 's faction will now lament that the Greater Unity Plan has become the Greatest Sellout Plan!

Of course, who will seriously believe that Najib played no part in influencing Chua's resignation?

In fact, if MCA leaders are people of credibility and principle, Ong and Chua ought to have immediately resigned their party positions when they were both rejected by the MCA delegates at last year's MCA's extraordinary general assembly.

For the next 3 to 4 weeks , there will be almost daily media coverage about the upcoming MCA elections. MCA leaders seeking relection will make all kinds of speeches as to how they will champion the people's causes and how the Party election will help MCA regain credibility.

But one thing is for sure, whoever becomes the new MCA President or Deputy President, MCA is not about to change in the year of the Tiger. It will not become an aggresive tiger but will reamin as a sick cat in terms of championing the peoples interest.

After the 2008 general election where BN was rocked by the unprecedented political tsunami, Prime Minsiter Datuk Seri Najib declared that BN must change to regain the voters' support.

Has MCA changed? Yes but for the worse! It has become a party where resolutions passed by its Delegates at the Extraordinary Assembly were not even respected.

It cannot change and even with the expected Cabinet reshuffle in April, MCA 's position in the BN government will continue to be " Dang Jia Bu Dang Quan (当家不当权)", which means " In office but not in power". It was Ong Tee Keat who once coined such pharse to describe MCA's position in the BN coalition government.

When opening the DAP Pahang State Convention late last year, I had said that it could be expected that the Prime Minister Najib would dissolve the Parliament in 18 months time. However, no one should also rule out the possibility of him calling for fresh election in 12 months time.

Given the resignations of 3 PKR elected representatives , the aggressive political attacks launched against the Penang Chief Minister and the sudden turn of event that caused fresh MCA Party election, I now believe that there is a real chance that a general election may be held this year.

Najib will surely be more tempted to dissolve the Parliament by this year if BN performs well in the Sarawak state election which is expected to be held soon.

When speaking at the Teluk Intan Deepavali function on November 9 last year, I had reminded PR leaders , members and supporters never to underestimate Najib's determination and ability to regain support for BN .

Certainly when I mentioned Najib's ability, I did not forget that the PR state power in Perak was seized when he was the UMNO State Chairman for Perak.

Now BN wants the public to believe that it has nothing to do with the spate of PKR defections, I will say such attempt is just like wanting the people to believe the accusation that Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is anti Malay and is communist minded.

Only the ghosts will believe the lies that we are anti Malay or are communist minded!

DAP records are for all to see. We are a multi racial party and we strive for a social democratic society. We are commiited to make this a better country for all Malaysians.

Despite the present set back and challenge faced by PKR, PKR and PR must emerge stronger in the next general election.
Let's all begin to make all out preparation for the next general election. With the people's support, we shall triumph.

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