Wednesday, October 29, 2008

<东方日报>专访五

越遭批評打壓,越要堅持到底
2008年10月28日
報導 - 林淑蕓
 
針對本屆馬華黨選,多媒體遭濫用,導致出現層出不窮的抹黑文化,馬華署理總會長拿督斯裡蔡細歷一笑置之,將之視為政治現實的部份。

蔡細歷指出,從紛紛攘攘的黨選抹黑文化中,可以預見黨內的鬥爭,肯定會影響到馬華在大選的成績。因此,在黨選之後,應該要加緊整合的工作。

無論如何,針對各式各樣的挖苦短訊及抹黑漫畫,他自嘲說:「不用緊的嘛,讚揚我的也很多!」

他透露,在當選之後,總共收到600個來自中央代表恭賀和支持的手機短訊,而每一個他都清楚記錄下來。
值得一提的是,在約1個小時的專訪中,蔡細歷不斷接收到謾罵一些落選領袖的短訊,令他似乎煩不勝煩。
他認為,在這個高科技時代,候選人及黨員若要利用手機短訊的方便,只需在競選期間,發出呼籲中央代表支持的訊息,而在黨選之後,不論輸贏,也該發出感謝支持的短訊。
被指用金錢買票
蔡細歷聲稱,在還沒有宣佈競選高職時,從區會開始,就有匿名人畫一系列的挖苦漫畫來「妖魔化」他,他苦笑說:「好像在看連續劇那樣……」

針對其設立的部落格,吸引不少網友的關注時,他直言:「我認為,我的部落格對於此次的黨選,沒有扮演太大功能,主要是給自己一個平臺來講一些該講的話,同時給
我一個機會來聽取別人針對馬華及國家課題的意見。」
「每一天,我的部落格都會一些人留言。當然,免不了有人放一些詛罵性的留言來打擊我、指責我。或許,他們企圖用這種方式來使我產生消極的看法。但是,他們卻忘記我是那種『人家越批評、打壓我,我就越堅持到底』的人。」
在專訪期間,蔡細歷透露,在黨選甫結束,就有馬華領袖向巫統領袖抹黑他。
蔡細歷說:「我知道,馬華高層領袖向巫統領袖告狀,說我用金錢來買票,嘗試在巫統的領袖前抹黑我。那些對我沒有好感的人,如果有證據的話,早就向紀律委員會告發我,不需要到黨外去抹黑我。」

<东方日报>专访四

低調競選奏效,制敵東山再起
2008年10月28日

在不被看好的情況下當選為馬華署理總會長,拿督斯裡蔡細歷究竟有甚麼「秘密武器」?

而出乎預料的是,「低調競選」竟是他聲稱勝出的其中一個主要策略。

光碟事件使蔡細歷從政治高峰跌至深谷,然而,向來不輕易認輸的他,不僅沒有被打敗,反而在經過了一番苦戰後,在剛結束的黨選中攀上另一個高峰──馬華第二號人物。

也是因著光碟事件,蔡細歷在政治上學得更「聰明」,看得更透澈,在馬華署理之戰中,一改策略,戰勝強敵。

署理之戰,他面對的強敵是,佔盡當權派優勢的房屋及地方政府部長兼時任黨總秘書拿督斯裡黃家泉,以及可能分散其選票的前副總會長拿督林祥才,形成腹背受敵的險局。
在他宣佈競選署理總會長職後,便改變作風,在競選期間出奇的低調,鮮少公開或向媒體發表激烈談話,也沒向競爭對手發表攻擊言論,更沒四處高調拉票。
蔡細歷向本報談及他勝出的「秘密武器」時笑道:「華人打功夫,總要留幾招嘛,哪可公開呢。」
但他還是透露,這次所採用的競選策略主要有3個,一是「低調競選」、二是與廣大基層緊密聯繫,以及三是多以「華語演講」。
談到低調競選,蔡細歷說,「你不能把他們(中央代表)的支持當作理所當然。一些領袖的態度是『你沒有我是不行的,你必須要投我的票』。但是,我沒有官位及黨職,而對手卻有官位,背後還有相當強大的力量及影響力,因此我知道一定要低調一點處理。」
他笑言,在競選期間,低調姿態甚至令其支持者也感到很擔心,總覺得他好像沒有積極投入競選及失去勢力。
「這一次,我低調競選,除了是策略,另一個原因也是不要讓華社認為,馬華的領袖歷經308之後,也沒有得到教訓,還是那麼重視職位。」
與基層互動良好

此外,從基層出身的蔡細歷也認為,長期與基層保持良好互動,而且事件發生後繼續跟他們保持緊密聯係,才是脫穎而出的關鍵。
不但如此,雖然蔡細歷是英文源流出身,但他也深知身在我國最大華基政黨的馬華,使用華語演講的重要。
他表示,雖然自己所受的是英語教育,但許多中央代表喜歡聽他的華語演講。
「我不敢說,自己的口才很好。但是,我用簡單易懂華語及直截了當方式,使到很多中央代表很喜歡聽我講話。這個是我的優點,因為我『簡化華語』。」

<东方日报>专访三

黨選期間,曾兩次拜會林良實
2008年10月28日
 
蔡細歷坦承,在黨選期間,他曾兩次拜會馬華前總會長敦林良實。

針對敦林力挺蔡細歷的言論,蔡細歷淺笑著回應道:「不知道啦,我這幾天沒有去看報紙。」

不過,他向本報坦承,曾經兩次去拜會林良實,不過拜訪不是談黨務事,而是以朋友的方式。

蔡細歷感嘆說:「馬華的領袖啊,不應該擁有那種好像『沒有朋友做』的態度。黨內還是有一批人要『玩弄』林良實,他既然說不再涉及馬華,那我便尊重他的立場,我不敢,也沒有要求他協助我。」

第一次會見林良實,是他正式表態競選馬華署理總會長,正式與黃家泉對決之後,禮貌性告知敦林。當時,敦林贈他一句話:「祝你好運,這一役不容易打。」

至於第2次見面,則是攜伴參加敦林辦的一個小型聚餐會。

蔡細歷讚揚,林良實是一個善於交際者,縱然退位多年,但是在政商界依然還是許多朋友,生活過得十分充實自在。

<东方日报>专访(二)

光碟事件,党中央领袖视我如瘟神
2008年10月27日

今年元旦前后,一张性爱光碟事件,让当时的卫生部长兼马华副总会长拿督斯里蔡细历医生迅速认错、辞掉一切职位,丢官归故里,震撼国人!

正当外界以为蔡细历将为一片光碟断送政治仕途时,他却以近乎“置之死地而后生”,再度重返政坛,且更上一层楼。

从今年8月份的支会改选开始,他重新出发,再战江湖,直到甫结束的马华中央党选,他在署理总会长4角战中突围,成功坐上第二把交椅,书写马华政治上一页传奇。有人用“斗鸡”(fighting cock)来形容斗志顽强的蔡细历,他的胜选更让评论人评为:马华党员希望在马华面临非常时期时,需要强者做领导。

蔡细历在接受《东方日报》访问时直言:“我就是这样,越被打压,越能激发起我的斗志。”

这是蔡细历在中选署理总会长后,首次向媒体道出“光碟事件”到打赢一场翻身仗的心路历程。他承认,光碟事件爆发后,不仅被马华一些中央领袖视作“患传染病般”避而远之,更差点导致他的家庭破裂,让他感触良多。

提到这10个月,他缓缓把目光放远,脸色逐渐凝重,声调忽然转低,娓娓道出如何渡过生命中最低潮,以及对人生更深一层的体会。

他坦诚,事件爆发时,整个人非常消沉,脑海里不断思考及质问,要如何去应付这样的局面。

“休息了一段时间后,我了解到,面前只有两个选择。第一:消极面对,选择就此退休,让策划打击我的人得逞,然后永远心存不甘和充满怨愤;第二:积极面对,伺机东山再起,做过去23年来一直在从事的工作,继续为马华及社会,提供服务及作出贡献,以回报大家的支持和鼓励。”

“特别是当我得知,有一个阴谋要摧毁我,打击我士气与精神时,我就要以更积极的态度去面对。人家用卑鄙的手段,还得我连家庭差一点破裂时,我必须更沉着和积极地应付各种挑战。”

蔡细历回忆说,那刻骨铭心的经历,对他生命起极大的变化。

基层领袖未舍弃

“第一,我变得比较谦虚;第二,更深一层了解和珍惜跟家人、朋友和党同志们的关系;第三,对自己也更有自信;第四,意志力更为坚定。”

专访期间,蔡细历不断地强调,永远感恩马华的基层领袖,在他最低潮的时候,不离不弃的给予鼓励和支持。“我敢说,马华的基层领袖是最好的。反而,高层领袖,好像我有传染病在身一样,尽可能地闪避。甚至乎,我的孩子(蔡智勇)成为国会议员后,也面对白眼和排挤。在国会力,马华的一些领袖也闪避他。”

蔡细历认为,领袖或许会把官位作为从政的考量,但组多基层领袖却不会,他们勤于职守,纯为了马华和地方上的发展,而非有任何个人议程、利益或官位。

至于如何看待在低潮期时,其政治盟友及亲信背弃他?他认为,这就是政治的现实面,必须学习去接受。

他也与记者分享一段他弟弟的故事。“我的弟弟原本是位很成功的年轻律师,在80年代的一场经济风暴,使他被判入穷籍。在他事业最辉煌时,每天都有很多人排队等他吃午餐和晚餐。但当他经济陷入困境时,剩下唯一的朋友就是他的哥哥――蔡细历医生。所以,对我来说,这是见惯不怪的事。”

因此,他必须用积极的态度来看待,否则,将会在情绪上造成很大的打击。他充满感慨地说,这段日子一些最信任的盟友背他而去;相反地,一些素昧生平者却给他极大支持。“在失意时,你才会更清楚,谁才是你真正得朋友。”

此外,在那段期间,许多乡团及华团都“没有忘记蔡细历”,成为他东山再起得极大推动力。但他推辞许多邀请,一来是没有了拨款,二来也不想让社团为难,因此,每月只选择性出席一、两次活动,尽量保持低调。

沉重工作才开始
向来自信慢慢的蔡细历认为,他过去担任3届州行政议员及将近一届部长交出的政绩,是他从头开始的最大本钱。询及“道德污点”至今亦然不断被有心人渲染时,蔡细历只抛下一句:“我希望,这应该到了一个段落。如果,这些不懂得收,我也懂得怎样回应!”

他透露,目前有人与他联系,表示有意撰写那段低潮期的经历,包括一些领袖如何使用各种手段来打击他,以确保他在政治上永不翻身,但他却成功打出了一场经典的翻身战。但是,蔡细历现阶段不想细述详情,在中选马华署理总会长后,沉重的工作才正式开始。

“我不是认为那段日子不重要,而是觉得我们应该向前看。我讲过:我要继续生活下去。任何一个斗争,包括政治上的斗争,应该要有一个期限的。因为,永无止息的斗争,最终双方都会深受其害,不只是蔡细历而已。”

“最重要的是,我中选署理总会长是得到党员的认同和肯定,以参与及协助马华的重建工作,这才是我当下最重要的任务。”

<东方日报>专访(一)

党务为先,不谈入阁
2008年10月27日

蔡细历强调,当务之急是重振党务,以作好迎战来届大选准备,而非争取上议员及再度入阁当部长。

他不忘忠告马华党员:“党选已经过去,尘埃已落定,别再为党选纠缠不清,目前是积极地投入备战来届大选的时候了!”

在本报询及外界盛传他积极争取受委上议员,以入阁担任部长时,他斩钉载铁的回答:“没有啦!我从来都没有想过这些,这是事实。我把目标放在重建党及团结党。”

询及此届的马华中央党职,似乎各派人马都有入围,是否对于团结马华造成阻力时,蔡细历说:“我认为,一切以党为主、齐心重建党,那么就没有太大的问题。如果,你有很高的党职,但是却输掉大选,那党职又有什么意义呢?”

“我们是民主制度的国家,最主要是以代表或州议员来反映我们的政治力量,而不是党职,党职只是在党内而已。”

蔡细历认为,马华要改革,大家必须要有一种醒觉,就是:“华社已经不看好我们,等着瞧我们如何改革,转型后又是否能够达到大家的期望。”

“我们跟巫统合作,也是非常关键的一环。合作关系维持老样子或一个新模式?另外,怎样拥有一个多元种族思维去处理问题。这个不简单,因为在过去,我们习惯只针对华人问题。”

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The time for real work and real change begins

马华党选已经结束。
我要衷心为我献上鼓励和祝福的马华同志、朋友、支持者以及我的部落格访者。感谢你们的支持和祝贺。
在马华党选胜出当选署理总会长,我谦逊地看待这项战绩和经验,因为它并非个人的荣耀,而是承载着所有党员志要重振党的希望。
激烈的竞选以后,我们必须迅速归队团结起来,所有中选的领袖必须要紧记我们对基层许下的承诺。我们要做他们革新党、国家的代理;我们一定要为党落实真正的改革。
党员已经开声了,这些讯息响亮而清晰。他们拒绝在党内建立“皇朝”霸业,他们不要一个软弱的领导层。他们要能够畅言无惧的领导层,在国阵里有平等的发言权。但这不表示马华要挑战巫统。马华和巫统必须要成为治理国家的合作伙伴。
我吁请各造抛开所有歧见,与全体马华领导层紧密合作,全力配合新任总会长拿督翁诗杰。
我要声明一点,马华要开始真正的工作,不仅为华社,而是为全民大声说话认真做事。我们一定要改变华社对我党抱持的负面印象和观念。我们不能只改变马华,还要在国阵里推动更大型的兴革,要国阵做一个跨种族、宗教,代表全民的政党。
我们要成为一个真正的政党,在国阵落实真正的政改,这是大马人民的要求。人民要一个更好及更廉洁的政府,而马华要从确保每位马华部长是最能干、最有效地管理出掌的部门。
在当下经济艰辛时刻,人民要看到一个为民工作的政府,马华要扮演最前线角色,确保有一个高效率的政府。
政治竟跑已经结束,是时候付诸行动实践真改革。
与此同时,我也趁此通知大家,我的将暂别两周休息为自己充电,再重新投入工作。
MCA election is over.

To my comrades, friends, supporters and everyone from this virtual network, I sincerely thank you for the words of encouragement and support.

My achievement in winning the MCA deputy presidency has been a most humbling experience in that it comes with the responsibility of carrying the hopes of all MCA members in rejuvenating our party.

While we must close ranks and come together after a most competitive campaign, all of the winning candidates must remember what was promised to the grassroots and to the delegates.

We must be their agent of change in the party and in the country. We must bring about the real change desired of the party.

The members have spoken. The message is loud and clear. They have rejected empire building. They have rejected a weak leadership. They want a more vocal leadership. The members want to have an equal say in how the Barisan Nasional government is administered. We are not here to challenge Umno, but we must become partners again in governance.

I pledge to set aside all differences and work closely with all the members of the senior leadership, including the newly elected president Datuk Ong Tee Keat. I want to make one thing clear. The real work lies ahead. The MCA must strive towards giving a greater voice not just to the Chinese community but to all ordinary Malaysians.

We must work hard to change the negative perception a substantial number in the Chinese community have of us. We cannot just change MCA but also work to reform BN.

We must work hard to bring about the kind of reforms necessary to regain support from all Malaysians not just for MCA but for BN as a real multi-racial coalition which represents all Malaysians regardless of race and creed.

We must become a real political party again to make real political changes within BN. That is what the people of Malaysia demand. They want better and cleaner governance. We must start by ensuring all of the MCA's ministers run the most efficient and most effective ministries.

In these economically trying times, Malaysians want to see a government that works for them. We in the MCA must being the forefront of ensuring an efficient and effective government.

The time for politics is over. The time for real work and for real change begins.

Meanwhile, I will be off from blogging for 2 weeks. I need time to recharge my battery.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

I've won as MCA Deputy President

Tonight is a memorable night for me as I've won as MCA Deputy President. I sincerely thank all my supporters for their enormous support.


With all party members' support and cooperation, we now need to re-unite and reform the party. All elected leaders must work hand in hand to fulfill their promises to party members as well as the rakyat.

Once again, I thank all central delegates for their votes.

Friday, October 17, 2008

MCA delegates must reject empire building


As we come to the end of campaigning for the MCA elections, it is now up to the delegates to make their choices.

I hope they will choose wisely in what is the most crucial and important election for the MCA in its history.

We have been rejected by a significant portion of society.

As such, we need to rejuvenate and re-invent ourselves. I hope the delegates should consider that when they make their decisions.

Who among the candidates, best represent change? Who has offered the best ideas for reform and rebranding of the party?

Who can bring about real change to bring back support for the party?

I hope I have done enough to convince the delegates and members that I will bring about this real change demanded by the voters of Malaysia.

I urge delegates to reject empire building in MCA. It is precisely such manipulations which have contributed to the perception that the MCA is corrupt.

Once a leader says he bears responsibility for party losses in the elections, then he should really retire.

What is the idea of putting in place a list of candidates whom he can control?
Is that real change?


Surely this cannot be acceptable.

If you are retiring then go. Why is there such a need to hold on to power by being the power behind the throne?

Such is the greed for power that the endorsed candidate who used to fight against such manipulation previously has already accepted the arrangement.

Then by the next term, the brother can take over perhaps?

So while the party and Barisan Nasional continue to suffer, the outgoing leadership of the MCA continues politics as usual by sharing the spoils.

Is this the kind of party we the delegates want?
I want to change the perception of the party from being known as Umno apologists to become again an equal partner in the ruling BN coalition.

The MCA must have its voice heard again. It is not a party where we share government spoils among ourselves.

We must champion universal issues which concern all Malaysians, from education to good governance, from corruption to justice.

These are the challenges ahead of us.

So the choice is clear.

Real change or old politics.

VOTE CHUA SOI LEK, CANDIDATE FOR MCA DEPUTY PRESIDENT, NO.4 FOR REAL CHANGE, REAL POLITICS!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Ban by MCMC towards NTV7’s Live Telecast of the MCA Deputy Presidential Debate

The decision by the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to ban the live telecast of the MCA deputy presidential debate over NTV7 last night has come as a great shock.

One would have thought that following the recent debates on television involving no less a figure as Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that there would be no issue of allowing last night's debate to be televised.

Even Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's debate with Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon was televised live.

Malaysians have shown they are receptive to this new political culture.

A new level of maturity had arrived in which political rivals can debate issues in a sober and competitive fashion.

There is no reason why the debate involving MCA candidates should not be allowed.

There seems to be black hands at work behind the scene.

By banning the live telecast, MCMC has robbed Malaysians and not just Chinese Malaysians, of an opportunity to get to know what candidates for a senior post of a major political party stand for.

It would have offered Malaysians a glimpse at how these candidates perform, and listen to what they have to offer.

Crucially, delegates to this weekend's MCA elections would have had a chance to listen to the candidates before deciding on who they should vote for.

I call on the MCMC to allow the debate to be shown without any further adue.

The MCMC must also give an answer as to why they have banned the live telecast of the debate.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Welcome to my Blog

As a concerned MCA member, I am trying my best to help in the process of rebuilding and repositioning of the party.

Therefore, I welcome party members and members of public to post your constructive suggestions and opinions on my blog on how to rebuild and reform the party, eventually enabling MCA to regain support from all party members and the community.


Thank you for your suggestions.