Friday, April 18, 2008

向巫统呛声的最佳时机 This is the best time to re-negotiate with UMNO

副首相拿督斯理 纳吉周三对媒体公开指出,巫统会定时与国阵成员党交流,听取各党有关各族选民的心声。我在昨日,也就是4月17日发表了一篇文告。

我说,随着巫统领导层公开认同非马来选票的重要性,巫统看起来并非对在大选中大量流失非马来选票而无动于衷。在这个时刻,马华应把握此机会向巫统传达非马来选民的心声,并要他们确保这些心声受到重视。

我想,纳吉开促请国阵特别是巫统要确保得到非马来人的支持,这显示巫统对过去自负的傲慢态度开始醒觉。针对纳吉的决定和言论我当然表示欢迎,因为巫统领袖开始了解,非马来人的选票已不再是国阵选区尤其是混合选区的铁票。

第12届全国大选以前,国阵一直视混合选区为安全区,因为这些选区的成绩往往都很理想。这促使许多巫统的议员忽略了对非马来人的照顾,特别是教育、宗教、文化方面的拨款,而这些拨款通常要靠华裔政党和华社来获取。可是,这次大选的成绩打破了混合选区不败的规律,因为反风所致,混合选区反变为危险区,国阵在全国的53个混合选区只赢了12席,非马来人的选票成了决定性的因素。

我相信,混合选区严重挫败是促使巫统领导层有所觉悟的关键因素,该党领袖因此开始重视非马来人的选票。我身为马华基层领袖,希望马华领导层能把握此机会,坦诚和有效地向巫统反映华裔选民的不满和需求,以确保马华和巫统在未来的合作,能达到华裔选民的期望。因为,马来西亚已开始趋向跨种族政治,国阵必须要和人民联盟竞争,以表现争取人民的选票和委托,因此,平等对待非马来人的需求是迈向多元种族施政概念的最佳起点。

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Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib had pointed out in public that UMNO would have meetings with other BN component parties at least once a month to obtain opinions of non-Malay voters through BN components parties. With that said, I had also issued a statement in Chinese newspapers on 17th April.

In the statement, I said that although there are recognition by UMNO leadership the importance of non-Malay votes, they are still concerned for the lost of Malay votes during the election. During this period, MCA should grab the chance to deliver the voices of non-Malay voters to UMNO and want them to ensure that these voices are prioritized.

I think Datuk Seri Najib has openly urged BN, especially UMNO to ensure that they acquire the support from non-Malay voters and this shows that in the past, UMNO’s arrogant attitude has started to wake up from its dream. Of course I welcome Datuk Seri Najib’s statement and decision because UMNO leaders have finally understood that non-Malay votes are not guaranteed in BN constituencies, especially in mixed areas.

Before the 12th General Election, BN has viewed mixed areas as safe constituencies because the past results in these areas had always been positive. Because of this, a lot of UMNO MPs and state assemblymen overlooked the concern and care to non-Malay voters, especially in education, religion, and fund allocation for cultural activities (these funds can only be obtained through Chinese-based political party and Chinese Associations). This time’s election result has shown that the anti-government wave broke through the tradition of safe mixed areas. In the 53 BN mixed areas, we’ve only won 12 seats and non-Malay votes became the decisive factor.

I believe that the major defeat in mixed areas has caused UMNO leadership to wake up and therefore, UMNO leaders have started to pay more attention to non-Malay votes. As a MCA grassroots leader, I hope that MCA leadership will grab hold of this chance to sincerely and effectively reflect Chinese voters’ dissatisfaction and requests to UMNO. This will ensure that MCA and UMNO’s future cooperation to meet the expectation of Chinese voters.

Therefore, when Malaysians has started to walk towards a multiracial politics, BN has to compete with Pakatan Rakyat. BN must use their performance to gain rakyat’s votes and their consent. In consequence with that, the first step towards a multiracial concept is to treat requests and needs from non-Malay fairly.





19 comments:

ipohboy said...

So far, I never see any UMNO leaders except PM responsible for the lost.

This is a bad culture inside the BN. Many UMNO leaders still holding the minister position except Rafidah. I think some of them should step down, I do not believe BN has no compatible candidates for the minister position.

I do not expect anything new from BN. Even though there is, they only respect the vote we have, not the diginity we have.

Lysendar said...

Dear Dr. Chua,

I would not fully agreed with you, but i would say let wait and see. Because NATO(No Action Talk Only) is no used. Action say louder than word.

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KIMHO8 said...
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Ah Chin said...

Dear Doc;

It is a fact that MCA has not been running as an equal partner of UMNO in BN. The Chinese perception is that in the BN, UMNO is the lord and all the other component parties are mere hangers-on. MCA ministers in the cabinet are always seen as voiceless, toothless and powerless to carry out the reforms they think should be carried out, lest they incur the wrath of the bigwigs in UMNO. Once in a while, a MCA minister may have the guts to voice out his comments on certain malpracitices in the government, but alas, no sooner can the voice get louder than it is subdued by severe tongue-lashings from UMNO. The results of the GE2004 made the situation worse and UMNO leaders more arrogant. Mohd Ali Rustam even had the audacity to tell UMNO component partners ( sorry, should be hangers-on) to go and fly kite, as he said UMNO could form the government by itself! In the face of the onslaught of UMNO arrogance, MCA was preceived as a helpless party, reduced to playing the role of a welfare officer. To make the situation worse,the Chinese community viewed the ' quiet diplomacy' stance bandied about by MCA as a sign of weakness, a confirmation that MCA had become irrelevant. But thanks goodness for GE2008, the boorish and loutish attitude of UMNO has finally come home to roost. Can UMNO change and be more accomadating to its partners' voice? I have to take that with a ton of salt!

There is an article in RPK's Malaysia Today with the title ' Marginalisation of These Specialists: MCA To Blame?' wirtten by Malaysia Specialist Abroad. You should read it as it lends credence to what I've said above. It is also expecially relevant to you as you were former minister of the MOH. I hope the article could enlighten you and those leaders in MCA.

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glokal said...

The fact is how Malaysia is going to move forward? We have a sleeping PM who promise big but cannot deliver. Then, we have a PM in waiting who is born with silver spoon in his mouth and once have a party-boy image.

流星剑 said...

蔡先生,

你讲到好像自己很厉害,要向巫统呛声,哈哈,你也不过是衰到脱裤子,才会这样,发出哀鸣。你当过很多官位,也当过部长,好像也没有看过你发表什么向巫统呛声的言论。现在你没有当官,也没有当部长,你的言论,100%再转变。O!想起来了,有了有了,你和柔佛州的州务大臣,的确发表了一些伟大的言论,像柔佛州没有必要选出反对党的州议员,你甚至发出“父子龙”新村地契,只需要国阵不需要反对党的威胁论。好了,现在,你不用再呛声,呛声是用口吹出来的,选民希望你用手把它搓出来,做出来,给人民看,解决父子龙村地契的问题。不要脸皮厚厚,一直耍赖。

你的言论,很衰削。

Funniman1965 said...

Negotiate with Umno? Every one in Umno has personal interest. Everyone takes the opportunity to lash out at MCA once there's a chance to gain political points.

If you try to nego wit President, well..he is sleeping. You try to nego with the DPM, he wants his support amongst his Umno members so to show he is the boss, he takes the opportunity to gain points.

I would say this...maybe it is far fetched....team up with others so we are not blackmailed.

Funniman1965 said...

You never negotiate until you are ready, otherwise you lose all negotiation power.

LohSH said...

君子和而不同,小人同而不和。

国阵是一个政党合作的模式,基本上是多元种族政体。它包含代表各自族群的单元政党和一些不完全是多元种族的政党。它的施政宗旨是多元种族性的,但是施政方式却是倾向于偏袒一种族,无法让人民觉得它能公平照顾全民。

国阵和成员党失败的主因是国阵合作精神的失败,和国阵领导层的失策和失责。

虽然国阵成员党认同国阵多元种族施政宗旨,但是成员党之间的合作却是不和谐,关系也不和睦。基本上国阵的内部合作是同而不和。

人民已向国阵怒言和呛声了。

马华当务之急是如何以理服人在国阵里和不同的成员党商讨如何真正和谐合作,体现国阵和而不同的君子合作精神。

重振国阵合作精神能否成功,最终得依赖成员党和国阵领导层的意愿和智慧,也将决定国阵和成员党的未来。

PL said...

Unless Umno can prove that everyone is equal under the Malaysian sun,BN component parties can bark all they want. What's there to negotiate with all this Ketuanan here, Ketuanan there. If BN did win big in GE-12, they will churn out the same crap that the rakyat is with them and agree with their policies. All I can see at this moment are polices taken by PR which had direct positive impact in our daily lives in just 30 days after Mac-8. If BN can do better I see no reason why the rakyat do not support BN come GE-13.

Pearls said...

It doesnt take a smart one to figure it out why UMNO is mighty anxious about Malay support for them. Of course it has nothing to do with anything but the fact that if the Malays dont support them, there will not be an UMNO! And if there is no UMNO, there will not be opportunities for these UMNO buggers to potter about in this plenty of pots of gold country! Duh!

In fact, if I may add, all these ketuanan Melayu fiasco is a direct spin from UMNO to frighten and bully the malays into supporting them!

As for best time to renegotiate with UMNO pertaining to the rights and issues concerning non-malays, well, I seriously dont think there will be any best time. To begin with, till today, UMNO has kept harping on the fact that they, UMNO, has been fair and just. It is so annoying and infact, it is beginning to sound like some chanting to me! Fair and Just to other race by whose definition? UMNO's? Bollocks!

If such is the attitude and thinking of UMNO, how do you seriously think that UMNO is sincere in making things right with other race? A meeting every month with other component in BN doesnt qualify anything near that. The fact remains that if the other races want to be respected, these other races will have to do ALL the right things including not taking crumbs thrown at them!

monsterball said...

Only tiny Malaysia ..with 25 million populations...find it so difficult .to unite the 3 major races. China with 1.5 billion people and more than 25 major races....can unite within 30 years.
Good politics should be for two simple sides to choose..by the voters...the old fashioned one..or the modern one..like Republicans and Democrates in USA.
Here.. Mahathir can even divide his own race...the Malays....then..into have and have nots..playing race and religion politics...to rojak the country..then control the police and judges...to start his con jobs.
Again...the problem with MCA..is playing "mind their own business"....as if..UMNO owns Malaysia.
I think MCA have deep rooted to be ..a very selfish and cunning political Chinese party...so much so....party member can play each other out ...with the lowest kind of stunts..to force one.. to resign.
This is shameful....and we Malaysian Chinese...will never be proud of MCA. It is a dead party......mark my word.

AC said...

Waiya, still have to beg ar? Are we beggars in our own country?

Funniman1965 said...

Objectively we ask ourself, how many parties does Malay has representation and how about Chinese in BN. Malays have only Umno yet Chinese have Gerakan, Mca and Supp. We Chinese are one fragmented lot. The more fragmented we are, the more easier others can control us.

We negotiate only when we are UNITED. I think it be good idea to get the NGOs, Trade Associations, Clans and all other Chinese based parties to have one voice and one call. It is a long shot but if we don't start now, we will never begin. Then Umno will take notice of us.

Real problem is we Chinese don't respect ourselves and continue to be divisive, how on earth are we going to negotiate with others?

CP Waterman said...

Hello Doctor Chua,
Today after a swing of Malay votes to the oppositions, UMNO only begins to address the need of paying attention to the non Malay votes in order stay in power but when tomorrow comes they have won back the Malay support, what do you think UMNO will then treat MCA? It will be back to square one, MCA will be treated like a DOG!(Whether you like it or not, this is an undeniable image MCA has projected itself to the vast majority of the Chinese - an UMNO running dog)
After 50 years of "DOG" experience with UMNO,its time to get OUT!!!UMNO is playing racial politics and its no place for MCA to be there. IF MCA still has any self dignity left and is true to its commitment to serve the Chinese & others, the best place for MCA is to pack with PAKATAN RAKYAT.

thquah said...

Best time to re-negotiate with UMNO.Do you think UMNO will be fair to other races, with the ketuanan Melayu.Ketuanan Melayu means they are the boss and the other races kuli.If only UMNO can change and be fair to all the rakyat in education,employment,economy and treat MCA as equal partners.Maybe then they will be relevant, if they still contiune to do the keris act,asking we to balik China,don't need MCA to win votes,etc.
Surely next election we will see BN as the opposition.

Funniman1965 said...

In politics, you just cannot say MCA, you team up with Pakatan Rakyat. You are nothing but a running dog. But while you have your own identity, you can also have friendly competitors. So long as all of the Chinese, irregardless of PR or BN say things under one breath, do things seen as together and most importantly to be seen as a potential threat to leave and rejoin, that is good enough. We do not subscribe to any form of subservient blackmails.

To merge some parties take a lot of guts, sacrifice and dignity. In politics, that is simply not possible. There's face issues, fundamental issues, forefather groundwork, feelings etc etc to consider.

Chinese can unite starting by some cultural activities. All clans, NGO s, political foes, trade associations and friends alike gather together for some publicity is good starters. That way, it is not a slap for any party but it is a way where all Chinese celebrate together.

All the names calling does not help the real situation at hand. It does show venting anger and frustration but it does not solve our Chinese problems.

If we Chinese do not help ourselves, who else would help us?
And I think now is the best time to start all these. PR and BN all want to show that they are for the people, not necessarily for the party. If Lim Guan Eng can offer a post to Lim Kah Choon, why Chinese Cooperation is not possible?

BTW, I do not belong to any party and I don't even know how to read Chinese but I am proud to be a Malaysian Chinese. Let's save our race. Do not allow this race be broken into fragments so that others can take advantage of it.

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