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Can a mouse roar?

MCA president Wee Ka Siong was recently reported as saying that his party can keep the majority Malay-Muslim government on the path of moderation. 

With a grand total of two members of parliament and next to nothing by way of grassroots support, Wee hopes to “moderate” a coalition that has brought together some of the nation’s greatest kleptocrats, rabid extremists and unscrupulous politicians?

Excuse me while I laugh out loud.

The MCA was never able to do much “moderating” even when it was at its zenith. Was the MCA able to moderate the corruption, the sleaze and the abuse of power of the BN regime? Was the MCA able to prevail on UMNO to stop decades of race-baiting? Was the MCA able to effectively promote the interests of the community it claims to represent? 

No, they were mostly mute witnesses. So, what can they do now when they are simply curtain frills in a Malay unity government? Can a mouse roar?

If the MCA was really interested in serving the people and standing up for principle, it would have summarily rejected any government that comes to power through the backdoor and which makes a mockery of the will of the people as expressed through the ballot box.  

In his quest for power, Wee is now willing to even join a government in which PAS will have a very influential role. Does it not matter to the MCA that they will be joining hands with a party that is dedicated to marginalizing the non-Malays and depriving them of their legitimate rights under the constitution?

Clearly, they have learned nothing from the drubbing they received at the last election. They can work overtime to justify their actions but Malaysians are not so easily fooled. In any case, a party that was overwhelming rejected by voters has no business speaking for anyone or making big promises it knows it cannot keep.

This is not about serving the people; it’s about the ambitions of a few MCA leaders anxious to return to ministerial positions and perks.

[Dennis Ignatius |Kuala Lumpur |5th March 2020]


Published by Dennis Ignatius

Passionate Malaysian | Former Ambassador and career diplomat | Political affairs columnist | Human rights and international affairs commentator

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