Democracy is a facade that sits uneasily on the visage of MCA

MCA said Malay rights group Perkasa has no right to demand a probe on Christian leader Dr Eu Hong Seng over his remarks on Article 153 of the Federal Constitution.

MCA Young Professionals Bureau chairman Datuk Chua Tee Yong slammed the pressure group for accusing the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship (NECF) chairman of making seditious remarks in his Christmas Eve message.

The reverend caused a stir when he said Article 153 was like “bullying” the non-bumiputra groups in the country.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had reacted to the comments by refuting the suggestion that the constitutional provision had been used to bully any community.

Eu’s remarks sparked a furious response from Perkasa, with its president Datuk Ibrahim Ali accusing the pastor of making a politically-motivated statement.

Perkasa has since lodged a police report against Eu and slammed non-Muslim political leaders for not taking action against the reverend.

Chua said all Malaysians, including Perkasa members, are entitled to freedom of speech so long as they do not violate any laws or damage racial harmony.

“This, however, does not give Perkasa the right to go overboard and demand that the police investigate Eu under the Sedition Act,” he said in a statement here.

As the current political environment continues to neglect marginal groups, former MCA president Ong Tee Keat has joined Angkatan Amanah Merdeka (Amanah), a non-governmental organisation founded by Umno maverick Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.2012 will test us. The economy’s in a mess. Reforms have ground to a halt. The Ringgit’s on oxygen. FDI inflows have shrunk. The BoP has begun to worry. So has the growing fiscal deficit. The Government’s in coma. The MCA and MIC is a joke. With several elections round the corner, it will be a test of public wisdom. Who will we vote for? Who will we reject? What will be our choices in the coming year?


Year Parliamentary seat Votes Obtained Majority Ballots Cast Opponent Turnout
2008 P119 Titiwangsa, KL 17,857 won by 1,972 33,933 Aziz Jamaluddin Md Tahir (BN – UMNO) 68.01 %


research has shown that it would encourage up to 33% of non-voters to use their vote. We feel it is important that our democracy allows people to positively vote where they feel there is not a wide enough choice of local candidate or those on the ballot paper all appear to be .Defeat is the distance between a bedtime story and a wake-up call. The former starts with ‘Once upon a time…’ and lulls the voter to sleep. The second is an energiser that addresses a fresh dawn.political parties have become victims of their own success: their narrative has run its course, and they have not been able to find a further chapter to their saga In electoral science, statistics are illustrative, interpretation is critical and everything is fluid. Politics is evolutionary, and evolution – even Darwin’s – is a theory, not a fact. No election is an echo of the past, let alone a mirror of the future.
The statistics of last general elections do not justify the self-evident depression that has overtaken The shock is that UMNO could not read the internal map of every constituency as well once it did. UMNO confidence lies in its brilliant management of the most important gene in democracy’s biology. It consolidated its vote,It may be difficult to deal with defeat, but the regret of a drowned dream is quickly overtaken by the compulsions of survivalUmno must show that it is able to innovate at the local level.  An invention awaits the next genius: a camera that can photograph the mind. Television politics has become a screaming contest between politicians, perhaps because the camera has lost the art of stimulation. Since there is no hope of getting a different kind of politician, we need a different sort of camera. It will chase the mind for news.“Politics today is all about thoughts as besides having reacted swiftly and strategising, the people want to see its way of thinking as we are dealing with educated people and professionals who are exposed to all kinds of information. This is the challenge for Umno.”Winning the young minds And while it could be a ton of fun to mock our chosen leaders and their never ending game of gridlock, I think this begs, on both its knees, another question. What does that say about us as an electorate? What is our approval rating? What is your approval rating?

We are a vicious cycle. We are a rut. We, the people, are an eternal stalemate. We love confrontation and hate cooperation. Can’t we all just get along? Where would the fun be in that? Why would we watch? Why would we care? We’d much rather argue, and disagree, and scream at each other. It’s what makes this country great. Compromise is for wussies. We  can inherited a two party system, and were going to stick with it, as long as we never find out which side is right.
You. You voted for  MCA AND MIC. You put  sticker on your car. You celebrated his victory with a tall cocktail and a pat on the back. You were pumped. But then you got bored. Because you found out that politics is a bitch. That change maybe is a gonna come, but definitely it a gonna come slowly. That because you believed in one politician doesn’t mean a bunch of the rest of them aren’t crummy. That MCA and MIC didn’t have a big, black magic stick after all. And so you got pissed. And you so were over it. And after  years you just couldn’t be bothered. What’s your approval rating?
And you. You tea drinking morons. You got all riled up when a guy named Soiled Leg became president. You were horrified. You shit in your separate, loveless beds. So you made signs. And wore funny hats. And went screaming into your church basements. You scared the hell out of everyone and rammed through the biggest bunch of crazies ever to sit in . And now you don’t even recognize yourself. Or them. What’s your approval rating?
And finally you. Moderates. What the hell happened to you? Where’d you go in all of this? What are you, afraid to be reasonable? The middle of the road has never been so narrow. Everyone’s loveable politically incorrect uncle is now just politically incorrect. From watching too much news. No one wants their politics in moderation. They want it full-on, fast and furious, loud and obnoxious, righteous and so effing wrong. So, how do you approve of something that doesn’t exist?

You elected this MCA MIC, If we ever chose a side, would we let them do what they said they were going to do, or would we freak out and immediately stop them in their tracks?

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Maybe that’s our dirty little secret. That when it comes right down to it we’re scared to make up our minds. Me and you. We’d rather argue, and complain, and debate in the comments section, than find out. We’re petrified to learn the results. Maybe that’s why MCA and MIC is such a mess. Maybe it’s our fear of disapproval.

 Penang MCA Youth chief Eng Hiap Boon’s resignation makes no difference to us. MCA has no guts to fight for Chinese rights.

In 54 years, Umno has done a lot for themselves – the creation of NEP with policies such as APs (approved permits) and 30 percent Chinese-owned business must be given to bumis before listing.

Chinese independent schools have to fund themselves everyday and Chinese primary schools have more than 60 students per class. Chinese contributed at least 70 percent of the tax revenue but enjoy little of the national allocations.

MCA can never fight to stop all these. It is happy with four junior minister posts with its transport minister not fully in charge of transportation.

Don’t threaten us that MCA will withdraw from the government if it performs worse than the last GE. Chinese are so used to it by now, don’t count on our votes in the next GE.

Mengxiang: I can’t wait for the next GE if anything to see MCA trounced into submission like when Gerakan was whacked silly in Penang in GE12.

I dare them to put candidates in Chinese-majority constituencies and show the people how much MCA means to the Chinese. They will lose their deposits and will have to retire quietly to lick their wounds.

It’s shameful that some were made backdoor ministers which shows that they are now next to nothing as a political party.

Mangodurian: ”Sometimes, my supporters were threatened by gangsters and have been targets of malicious allegations. I experienced these as well. Is this MCA’s culture?” asked Eng.

It certainly is BN culture considering all the mailed bullets that the opposition leaders are getting, something which no BN leaders seem to be getting.

Blogsmith: ”He also claimed that after the March 2008 general election, Penang MCA hired ‘gunners or cybertroopers’ to take charge of the party’s statements, but none of them were paid a single sen for their task.”

Sounds like they are resigning for monetary reasons and not based on principles.

Free & Fair Election: This is what happens when you hire cybertroopers and gunners to do the job. They work to write crap and will stop when they are not fed.

Unlike people like us who comment in Malaysiakini, our cries for a clean government is genuine. No one pays me or anyone here to write about how dirty and corrupted the government is.

Geronimo: Pakatan Rakyat, watch it. Don’t even dream of touching any of these 439 ex-MCA members, not even with a 10-foot pole. Avoid them like plague if possible.

Steven Choong: For people who really believe in the party’s struggles, they will stay on to help improve it and not give up in such a high-profile manner at a time when a general election may be called.

Please do not blame others for thinking the worst of you as it would only be natural for people who is honest and truthful to think that way.

Tan Heng Ken: Why should we thank MCA for the TAR (Tunku Abdul Rahman) College? The very existence of TAR College is a result of MCA’s failure to ensure fair and equitable education oppourtunities for all Malaysian regardless of race.

They kept an eerie silence on Umno excesses and abuses, in the process their leaders were rewarded with positions and government contracts.

In simple term, they betrayed the community that they claimed to represent for their own self-benefit.

Swipenter: MCA is imploding because the whole leadership is compromised, starting with their president. Their existing president has lost all moral authority to lead MCA, so do those who put him in that position.

Whether camp A or camp B, both sides are not fit to lead MCA. MCA needs a complete makeover, otherwise it should prepare itself to be a footnote in history.

Changeagent: ”This is a rotten party, led by a dirty president”. Ouch.

Ex-senior Digi officer gets jail, fined RM2milSapphire: Ex-senior Digi procurement officer S Stanley took RM0.4 million and he jailed 14 years. Ex-Selangor MB Mohamad Khir Toyo took RM3.0 million, and he got a one-year jail sentence. Malaysia really boleh!Malaysian Born: Someone has to tell us exactly what the difference between the consideration received by Khir Toyo and Stanley. In fact, I think the value of the benefit Khir Toyo got out of his property scam is many times more than the person charged in this case.

The vast difference in the sentence in terms of jail terms is shocking. Khir Toyo must have gotten much better lawyers…
Righteous: No political affiliation and you get this. I suppose Khir Toyo was happy because he didn’t get a RM17 million fine.

Kbe: The patent disparity in sentencing between Khir Toyo’s case and this is baffling.

Khir Toyo’s matter involved a greater sum, including breach of fiduciary duty to the rakyat by the antagonist as an elected assemblyman and chief executive of a state at the material time.

Obviously the scales of justice need to be recalibrated.

The year about to slip by has been, in many ways, exceptional. Some noticed it. Others did not, busy as they were coping with its anxieties. We have missed some opportunities, true. But we have also gained insights that may help us cope with the coming year which, we are warned, will be far more difficult. Some are even forecasting that India could fall off the map of bustling economies and return to its old Hindu rate of growth.
These are unpredictable times. Unlike the Age of Columbus, we no longer enjoy navigating through uncharted waters in search of adventure and discovery. No, not in our wildest dreams do we fantasize any more about getting lost. In fact, it’s our biggest fear. We live in the Age of Certainty where our every move, we are told, must be plotted flawlessly on the overall graph of our ambitions. Or it must appear to be. The Age of Ambiguity has vanished. Now every career, like every business, every nation must have a detailed ten year plan. Forget Camelot. It was for a generation of lotus eaters with all the time on their hands. Young people today are busy charting their careers even before they enter their teens. It helps you know exactly when you can afford your first Bimmer.
Since I don’t own a Bimmer and never did, I still second guess my way through life. I know history has this strange way of spooking every perfect plan. Silvio had no clue that 16 year old Ruby the Heartbreaker will ruin his joyous bunga bunga. The man who taught him the sexy twists and turns of la dolce vita, Gaddafi also had no clue that his time was nigh. His female bodyguards, the ones with the outsized bodices, may have been good at what they were hired for. But they were not smart enough to anticipate that their boss’ political fortunes, like his sexual scrums at 76, could do with a few more blue pills. So he died as flamboyantly as he lived, telling his captors (who found him hiding in a broken water pipe in Sirte) that he was no ordinary man but Muammar Gaddafi himself. They spat on his face, shot him dead.
Technology was the year’s great seduction, even though its most ardent evangelist was nixed by pancreatic cancer. Every gadget, every gizmo found its new, improved version. Even medical surgeries rebranded themselves to join the great consumer marketplace. Shah Rukh tried to rediscover himself as a super hero robot and found, to his dismay, that people still preferred him as Raj. The only two things that didn’t change were Salman’s swagger and Manmohan Singh’s silence. While the box office was ready to pay for Salman’s swagger, the nation refused to buy into Singh’s inscrutable silence, as his colleagues in office kept getting caught with their hands in the cookie jar. Several of them went to Tihar. Some are still rotting there. Meanwhile, India found its own answer to corruption: Anna the indefatigable.
Protest was the year’s hottest new rediscovery and, like sliced bread, it found takers everywhere. Many Arab nations saw unrest as thousands came on the streets to challenge despotic regimes. Dictators fell. So did a few governments. Wall Street once again became a villain. Social networking sites acquired a cutting edge as millions used them to voice their anger. While traditional journalism stumbled and the Murdochs ate humble pie, Wikileaks stepped in to power the internet further. Shaken by the emergence of a brave new media, even our own Government, that boasts about free speech and democracy, tried to sneak in censorship of Facebook and Twitter. Worse, it now wants to monitor all email, chats, tweets, even Blackberry messages. The minister who mooted this fiendish idea, Kapil Sibal won the vote as the year’s most hated politician, as far as young India is concerned.
2012 will test us. The economy’s in a mess. Reforms have ground to a halt. The Ringgit’s on oxygen. FDI inflows have shrunk. The BoP has begun to worry. So has the growing fiscal deficit. The Government’s in coma. The Opposition’s a joke. With several elections round the corner, it will be a test of public wisdom. Who will we vote for? Who will we reject? What will be our choices in the coming year?

Aziz is weighing a possible foray into politics.i PAS Youth has invited constitutional law expert Prof Dr Abdul Aziz Bari to join the Islamist party in preserving the integrity of the Federal Constitution.
 The International Islamic University of Malaysia (UIA) law don told Malaysiakini in an interview published today he was considering a career in politics now that his time at the university appeared to be coming to an end.
He was earlier suspended with pay from UIA for criticising the Selangor Sultan’s intervention in the state’s Islamic Religious Department (Jais) raid on the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) as “uncommon and inconsistent”.
Aziz Bari is reportedly eyeing the Sabak Bernam federal seat currently held by Abdul Rahman Bakri, who is due to enter his defence in June on nine counts of making false claims.
“We welcome his participation as a politician to help shape the (governing) system our nation, which dearly needs his knowledge,” PAS Youth vice chief Raja Ahmad Al-Hiss said in a statement.
“We are confident his participation will bring great benefit as the knowledge he has taught for so long will be translated to shape a country based on true rule of law.”
He added that PAS Youth looked forward to Aziz Bari’s help in pushing the party’s goal of “implementing Islam” in Malaysia.
The outspoken academic is currently the subject of an ongoing internal probe by UIA over his remarks on the Selangor Sultan.
He is also being investigated by police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

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