Media Statement by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat in Ipoh on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Feb 23 was a pathetic day for MCA
MCA central delegates voted overwhelmingly at its extraordinary general meeting held on Feb 23 for the party to accept government posts at all levels.
This decision by a show of hands was a reversal of the decision made by the 2011 General Meeting where it decided not to accept any government post if the party’s electoral performance in the 13 th general election was worse than that of 12 th general election.
MCA scored its worst electoral result in the 13 th general election held on May 5, last year. It was reduced to a 7 -11 party, wining only 7 Members of Parliament and 11 State Assemblymen.
It is crystal clear that the electoral result showed that the Chinese community could not be bothered whether MCA was represented in the Cabinet.
If MCA is a party that honours its word and respects the decision of the Chinese voters, it should not do a flip flop and go back to the Cabinet. It should have instead quit BN coalition after the May 5 polls.
But MCA which has long been ridiculed as a party without principles and sense of honour has chosen to rejoin the Cabinet.
MCA’s yesterday’s decision has proven that it is a party that cannot survive without government positions.
Its decision to join the Cabinet is not because it can champion the people’s interest, but because it just cannot survive with government positions.
Feb 23, 2014 was indeed a pathetic day for MCA for a few reasons.
Firstly, MCA has broken its promise to the Chinese community.
Secondly, the delegates were denied a chance of a secret ballot on the resolution.
Thirdly, its President Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has made pathetic remarks about the Ministerial positions the party should get.
After yesterday’s general meeting where the resolution to rejoin Cabinet was approved, Liow said that the number of Cabinet posts given to the party would be the prerogative of the Prime Minister.
MCA is in such a weak position that even its President dared not even say openly how many Ministerial posts it hopes or wants to have. May be Liow realises that “beggars cannot be choosers”.
Undoubtedly, MCA will go all out to tell the Kajang voters how relevant and effective it can still be as a political party, but the fact is that MCA is a failed party and will continue to be so.