With the Pakatan Rakyat in control of 5 states, it is definitely providing competition to the BN-led government, both at federal and state. The state government of Perak has taken the lead by giving a freehold land title (there will be technical problem in launching this) and also the Selangor government approving a big pig farm. This is a tremendous embarrassment to MCA for we are unable to do so for the last 50 years in power.
When I was a state EXCO in Johor from 1990 to 2004, what we did was to get the state government to automatically renew the land lease of new villages and the tenure depended on premium paid. If they pay higher premium, it will be a 99 years’ lease.
As for the pig farm, it was more on the tolerance by the state government and in general, the pig farms do not create problem in Johor, as long as they conform to the various conditions including environment. They were allowed to flourish but no farms were added. There was reduction of pig farms after the JE crisis.
With the moves by Pakatan Rakyat, it is now obvious that they have gone out of their way to woo Chinese voters and MCA’s survival is now threatened.
BN party must now reform in order to be competitive and BN must be brave enough to admit own weaknesses and seek forgiveness for their past mistakes and arrogances.
Tomorrow, I’ll talk about cooperation between UMNO and MCA of how it should change and wake up from singing the same old tune in the past.