Wednesday, February 26, 2014

MCA has opted for form than substance, says Kula

9:53AM Feb 25, 2014; Malaysiakini

MCA has opted for form than substance, says Kula

DAP national vice-chair M Kulasegaran said the MCA's decision to accept posts in the ruling BN coalition showed that the party was "more interested in the forms of political representation even if these are empty than in their actual substance."

The MP for Ipoh Barat, a predominantly Chinese constituency, was commenting on last Sunday's decision of the extraordinary general assembly of MCA to accept posts at all levels of the coalition that has ruled the country since independence in 1957.

"What residual credibility the MCA had prior to last Sunday is now gone for good," observed Kulasegaran (left), in remarks to Malaysiakini that castigated the decision to enlist in government.

Having suffered their worst performance in national electoral history at the 13th general election last May, where the MCA won in only seven parliamentary seats and 11 state wards, the party decided to stay out of government, in fulfillment of a 2011 determination to decline posts should MCA be rejected by Chinese voters at the polls.

MCA misreads Chinese mood

MCA were duly rejected by Chinese voters who overwhelmingly opted for the opposition at last May's general election.

By contrast, MCA's rival, DAP, ascended to their best showing which saw them net 38 parliamentary seats and 95 state ones.

"Staying out of government would have shored up the MCA position because, at least, that stance enjoyed the aura of principle," remarked Kulasegaran.

"This decision to join the government is marked by opportunism and lack of principle which is what voters despise in MCA.

"It will bring more ill-repute to the MCA than it would bring benefits to the personal gainers from the decision," added the federal legislator.

"The MCA is misreading the mood of the Chinese voters in this country who want meaningful change and not the outward forms of representation without its substance which is the ability to shift policy makers and implementers in the direction of effective and responsive government," argued Kulasegaran.

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