What have MCA done to demand the 2nd BN Deputy Chairmanship?


Yesterday, MCA Youth had their annual party convention in Kuala Lumpur. Amongst the issues raised was demanding that MCA being given a second Deputy Chairmanship at Barisan Nasional level.

The Star has the story:

Saturday October 18, 2008

Youth calls for creation of second BN deputy chairman post


KUALA LUMPUR: MCA Youth has called for the creation of a second Barisan Nasional deputy chairman’s post which would be held by the party.

Proposing the creation of the second post, out-going MCA Youth chief Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said MCA, as the second largest component party of the coalition, deserved such representation.

In his opening speech at the wing’s annual general assembly yesterday, Liow urged Barisan to consider the position, interests and representation of all component parties.

He said MCA Youth’s proposal was not excessive and other top positions in the coalition could be opened to the leaders of other component parties.

“Since independence, MCA has worked together with other component parties to form the Alliance and then Barisan.”

He said a review of the Barisan structure would allow MCA to be more pro-active in monitoring the policy-making process.

Later, speaking to reporters who asked of other Barisan component parties also asking for the deputy chairman post, Liow said: “MCA is the second largest Barisan component party.”

New Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said letting the MCA hold a Barisan deputy chairman’s post would reflect the party’s seniority and the coalition’s power sharing concept and it would not be seen as being dominated by one party.

“The first two partners were Umno and MCA. It was a genuine partnership and subsequently MIC joined in. I don’t see any problem with such a change,” he said.

Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, who opened the convention, said discussions should be held among component party leaders before a consensus could be reached.

“We should listen to the views and opinions of other component parties.

“One or two positions are not important. What is more important is the current political landscape where the Barisan has to make sure that the reforms are made based on sincerity, honesty and respect among the component parties,” he said.


Why is this being raised now, at this juncture? Is it because MCA felt they need something to redeem themselves and make their position in Malaysian political scene being perceived as more influential in the reality of the moment?

The fact is that, MCA did not do well in the XII General Elections. As the most senior partner representing the ethnic Chinese, they did not deliver. MCA performed poorly and only managed to retain 15 Dewan Rakyat seats, compared to 31 in XI GE.

The most recent by-elections, Permatang Pauh, MCA failed miserably. MCA wholesomely did not manage to deliver the Chinese votes in a contest where moral victory meant the sky for the Oppositions.

So why is that the MCA Youth demand something so strategic when they had nothing to redeem against, let alone something to be rewarded for?

No doubt MCA is a senior partner in the BN coalition since the early 50s. Little that everyone now would want to remember, MCA is in the coalition because UMNO decided to ‘power share’. In the 1955 first general elections, UMNO President Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra gracefully allocated seats for MCA even though they were not enough eligible Chinese who were allowed to vote as then, they were not regarded as subjects of Malaya. 80% of the eligible voters were Malays and yet MCA were allocated 30% of the 52 seats contested.

History recorded that the MCA leaders were accorded the ‘equal’ status  as ‘partners’ when the issue citizenship the majority of Chinese residing in Malaya have not been resolved when Tunku  lead the delegation and went to negotiate on the terms of Independence, first with the Rulers and later, with Whitehall.

Politically, MCA had benefited immensely from UMNO’s agreement to ‘power share’. Infact, the ‘give and take’ policy UMNO adopted by bringing MCA as a ‘power share’ partner, benefited the Chinese more than the Malays. When the first Cabinet was formed, MCA were given very strategic post like Finance and Trade and Industry.  This went on for the first twenty years BN (then Alliance) were in power. MCA leaders were also honoured to represent Malaysia in strategic missions abroad, like Tun Omar Ong Yoke Lin when he was sent to the United States.

The trend of ‘power share’ was practiced till present. Many of the seats allocated for MCA are non Chinese majority areas. This formula is actually the backbone of MCA and Chinese, being given allocation in Dewan Rakyat and also the traditional four Cabinet post. Even when the chips are down for the MCA, like in the 1986 General Election elections where MCA faced a serious leadership crisis and the co-operative scandals where ten of thousand Chinese lost almost entirely their life savings, BN Chairman and Prime Minister then Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad still allocated the four Ministerial post. Again, it happened recently. In both scenario, DAP gained grounds when MCA was rejected.

That is the thing about keeping the ‘honour’, when an agreement has been achieved. Through thick and thin, UMNO leadership kept MCA’s position in the Government as part of the ‘power share’ deal, even to a point of giving MCA ‘face saving’ opportunities. There are times when UMNO members themselves questioned why MCA deserve to be treated preferentially, when they actually failed to deliver, in their role in the ‘power share’ Government.

Failing to deliver, says it all where and when someone could ‘bargain’ for anything, let alone ‘demand’. Presently, there really isn’t any real reason why BN should create a second Deputy Chairmanship and even there is one created, it should be given to MCA. If all, MCA should be reprimaded for their poor political performance recently, what ever the reason or excuse might be.

*Updated 530pm

In a media conference this evening, UMNO Vice President Tan Sri Muhyiddin  Mohd. Yassin when asked explained that all the BN party component Presidents were already assuming the automatic role of BN Vice Chairman. He explained that BN High Council will have to meet and decide on this call by MCA Youth. He also added, “After MCA demanded for this strategic position in BN, other component parties will also demand the same stature as they represent other ethnic groups. All considerations will have to be looked into before deciding something like this”.



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  1. perhaps the opposition is losing “steam”

    therefore these component parties are trying their luck to recapture their significance

    be wary of economically dominant groups that also want political dominance

  2. At this sensitive time would it be reasonable for him to ask the dog food ?. Let the MCA running dogs to tell us. Are you all really hungry now?

    I am wondering what intentions he had to create a stage for the racists to dance. Hope this stage will not collapse on the “Rakyat”.

  3. Let the MCA asks what ever they want?

    Will they get it is the next question?

  4. Why can’t MCA or MIC ask for it? Is it simply because they are not Malays? Is it befitting only that a Malay can assume the PM & DPM positions in this country regardless of the fact that we all as Malaysians sacrifice and contribute to this nation?

    Go back to your hole you racist UMNO bigot and continue to read your stained copy of Mein Kampf. Wish you were born in Germany during Hitler’s days. He would have send you to the Gulags.

    Screw UMNO and they will rot in hell.

  5. When a component party suffered its worst defeat and decided to speak the language of the opposition (e.g. “time bomb”), shouldn’t it be shown the door? Farewell, my concubine?

  6. Sacrifice, my foot! When the Brits were in power, the were Brit-protected subjects; when the Commies slit people’s throats, they were on their side; is that loyalty or opportunism?

  7. MCA has failed the Chinese community – they have failed to win their hearts and minds.
    When the opposition tells the minority communities that they are sidelined, the people believed them. Even MCA leaders add fuel to the fire, claiming Umno leaders are arrogant.
    Instead of rallying with comrades from the same coalition, the MCA leaders decided to harp on politically motivated issues raised by the Opposition.
    All these wotrked against the BN.

    How can a party which had failed the coalition make demand? I agree with bigdog, what has MCA done to deserve the BN deputy chairman post? What did MCA do to strengthen the coalition? To regain public support?

    This has nothing to do with race. This is about the spirit of comradeship that is obviously lacking in MCA.

    If a deputy post had to be created, it should go to east Malaysia, because support for the coalition had been consistent.

  8. to sieg heil umno

    hitler, germany ???

    simple bring on the japanese and they know what to do

  9. The only seats UMNO have right now for MCA or GERAKAN are THE TOILET seats. They can keep it for eternity….and it comes with free toilet papers too. Thank you!

  10. 1st Question:
    What have MCA done to demand the 2nd BN Deputy Chairmanship?
    2nd Question:
    Will UMNO succumbed to this demand
    3rd Question:
    Can UMNO be bought in order to ensure MCA demands be granted?
    4th Question:
    How many seats does PPP have in order to ask DPM to be non-malay?
    5th Question:
    *uck Lah? – yes, pak lah *ucked UMNO goood!! now this one i can answer – The *ucker has made UMNO a *ickless party. Go away *uck Lah!

  11. Is MCA request a fair one ? Let me think….. I DONT THINK SOOOO….

  12. Smart move by MCA. First asking for BN deputy chairman post. Once they get it, MCA will start asking for Deputy PM post.

    The question is ? What is MCA contribution to BN ? How many seats they won in the PRU 12 ?

    I think MCA should start looking in the mirror before start talking about equal partnership.

    They only won a handful seats which by right some of the ministerial posts should have been taken away. MCA should be thankful to UMNO generosity and yet they have been condemning UMNO. Talking about ungrateful lots !!!

  13. Tok sah dilayan depa yg demand bebenda di ujung Pak Lah’s reign.

    Berlagak nak tunjuk taring. Still smarting from poor election results. Kalau DAP yg great show PRU 12, lantak DAP lah nak demand apa pun. Hampa dlm BN nak tumpang sekaki apasal.

    Hampa ni BN atau PKR sebenaqnya? Atau nak cuba ugut2 itu dan ini time Pak Lah pegang tampuk.

    Duli-duli baru keluaqkan royal command. So hampa duklah elok2. Jgn ribut2. Ada faham?

  14. MCA, MIC, Gerakan, PPP all making a lot of noise and very demanding now. But they LOST the elections heavily. IN true democracy, the winners are the one with the biggest numbers, UMNO with 79 seats. Gerakan got 3 only. PPP ? Telor.

    The losers, mentioned above, are a frustrated, sore and unshameful lot. Some Gerakan, MCA, and MIC seats are won, courtesy of UMNO, who are very tolerant, tidak apa, and kind people.

    Anyway, BN is a membership of only 14 political parties. 13 now that SAPP have left. If MCA want to be a Deputy Chairman, why can’t PBS be one ? Or PBB, or PBDS, or PPP, or Gerakan. And Samy Vellu ? HINDRAF ? Why not 13 Deputy Chairman since all are pioneers of BN ?

    Stupid Liow.

    BN is the coalition that heads the government. But the party with the MOST SEATS will provide Premiership and Deputy. The rest are followers.
    What do you want ? Democracy ? Multi-racialism ? Racialism as in one DPM or DC for each race ?
    Or join PR which in which MCA, MIC, or Gerakan have less seats than DAP, PAS or PKR ?
    Who are the PPP ?

    If you want anything for your community, negotiate. Got it ?

  15. Tak payah buat macam tu, ni permulaan ke arah huru hara yang lebih besar lah ni. Nanti mula2 MCA mintak, lepas tu yang lain pun akan mula bising dan minyak macam2 lagi. Selama ni semua benda pun boleh berjalan dengan baik, kenapa nak buat macam ni.

  16. Fuck you Big Dog!

  17. Salam Semua,

    Yeah. They can ask for this and that and we can bitch all we want. Anyways, I have a strong feeling that the demands/requests by MCA and PPP will not be entertained.

    On a separate issue, this is what Ong Ka Ting said, as reported by The Star today (19 Oct. 08): “On religious freedom, Ong said: “The handling of religious issues by the authorities often shows that the freedom of religion is not practised as stated by government leaders including the Prime Minister.” Wow.. was his speech taken out of context, again?

    Hm.. Is he referring to the demolishment of the illegal Hindu temples? The Muslim converts who later passed away which created lots of hoo-ha when it comes to their burial?

  18. Mula-mula MCA mintak dulu, lepas tu kalau mereka betul dapat apa yang mereka minta tu, nanti parti komponen lain nak juga. Lepas tu esok bersepah-sepah orang dengan jawatan pengerusi. Mana boleh macam ni, kalau mereka nak, nanti orang lain pun nak juga.

  19. […] dalam Dewan Rakyat tidak diambil kira dan boleh diperlekehkan, bila bila dan dimana mana? Ketirisan prihatinan keatas perasaan orang Melayu dalam BN makin terserlah dan ada yang menganggap sengaja dijadikan […]

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