Monday, December 28, 2009









I will call for the MCA special committee for fresh party election meeting after Christmas and New Year holidays.

Since there are many members in the special committee of which includes two MCA Ministers who are currently overseas; the committee is unable to hold any meeting to discuss further plans.

Therefore, once the date for the special committee meeting is determined, the MCA secretariat will issue notification to relevant committee members as well as to the media.

In the meantime, I will not respond to any issues or matters pertaining to fresh polls until the date for the meeting is confirmed.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a prosperous New Year.

Thank you.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry X'mas To All

Dear readers,

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.”

I wish you and family for a joyful Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year 2010!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

拿督斯里蔡细历医生文告/EGM on 28th November 2009






Following the announcement made by Datuk Liow Tiong Lai and his group to call off 1128 EGM, I hope that all MCA leaders and Central Committee members could be sincere and hold on to the spirit of mutual respect in discussing fresh party poll matters.

In order for fresh party poll to take place, it would have to obtain cooperation from all CC members. According to the party constitution, there must be at least two thirds of elected CC members resigning from their posts before any fresh election could be held.

Therefore, I hope that all MCA leaders could sit down in peace and discuss on fresh party election so that we could all work together towards a united MCA.

I also welcome Liow and his group’s decision to call off the EGM and I feel that this is a good start to resolve the party’s conflict.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Unity Is Neccessity, Not An Option For MCA -Chua

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 (Bernama) -- MCA Deputy President Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek says that unity is not an option for MCA, but a necessity,and party leaders have to admit that internal strife in the past one year had paralysed the party, he said in an interview with Bernama.

He said: "If you want to talk about unity, one should not pursue (the rigid stance of) who is right and who is wrong as it would be endless."

He admitted that he was the cause of the Oct 10 extraordinary general meeting (EGM) because he was unhappy with certain party decisions.

But Dr Chua said much water had flowed under the bridge.

"Enough is enough. You just need to move forward," he said.

As leaders and members of a political party, he said there should be realisation that "we must work together".

He said there was greater awareness by president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat on this, and that "we should bury the hatchet."

"He and me (recently) sat down together to discuss how to make MCA more united and stable," he said.

Elaborating on the Greater Unity Plan (GUP), he said that it was important that there should be sincerity to make it work.

"No point of (just giving) lip service if you are not sincere and no mutual respect -- the respect that everyone has a role to play," he added.

"As a political party, one has to recognise that there would never be 100 per cent unity.

"As long as the majority are supportive of a particular or certain cause or supportive of the party's central leadership, then the party is united. There is always a small minority who is not happy.

"There is no secret weapon to achieve unity. We need to be united, strong and stable. Only then can we carry out our activities, only then can we win the trust and confidence of the rakyat," he said.

Dr Chua explained that the MCA, as a political party, depended on the people's support and therefore it cannot carry on as a piece of dead wood.

"We are all elected to serve (the people), not (the other way round) for the people to serve us."

Dr Chua said there was no doubt that after the Oct 10 EGM, another splinter group had emerged.

"But as far as the GUP is concerned, it would be have to be inclusive and this group of people should be included."

Asked if he and Ong had shut the door to this group, Dr Chua said the party welcomed anybody who could contribute to the unity and strength of the MCA.

He said the MCA top leadership would go down to states to explain about the GUP.

Asked on the Nov 28 EGM called by some CC members, Dr Chua said one could not call for an EGM while repeatedly saying that it was in the name of democracy when it was already discussed at the CC meeting of Nov 3 that the motion for it ran against the MCA's constitution.

"If you do something in the name of democracy but the party's constitution says that it is unconstitutional, then you open up an avenue for debate and this may cause greater disunity," he said.

He said the group concerned could be persistent to have an EGM on Nov 28 but the question remained whether there would be enough support.

"If their idea is just to hold fresh elections, the question will be whether it can be implemented or not.

"The party's constitution said that it can only hold fresh polls once in three years or when 2/3 of elected CC resigned. So the motion of Nov 28 EGM does not address this," he said.


Direct Election For All CC Members, Not Just President - Dr Chua

From Bernama

By Alan Ting

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 17 (Bernama) -- MCA will likely adopt direct election for all the central committee (CC) positions instead of just the president and deputy president posts, said party deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.

He said the direct election system, which was discussed during the "greater unity plan" (GUP) briefing to the party grassroots on Sunday, would allow the members at the branch and divisional levels to determine the party leadership.

"While the party has deliberated on direct presidential election, it's not just the president but the whole CC should be elected in the manner where more members can participate and decide on the leadership," he told Bernama Tuesday.

He said the party would adopt the Umno direct election method, which has broaden the voting right to some 140,000 party members, not just the party delegates, and is manageable and practical.

"Of course one method is using the party membership list. However, we feel that with one million members, the logistics involved can be huge. One million turnout is equivalent to one tenth of the number of voters in the general election."

Moreover, Dr Chua said, using the party membership list could create more controversies as the list might be disputed while the logistical requirement would lead to the issue of poor monitoring system.

"So, I'm more in favour for more people involved but it's manageable. One of the mechanisms considerd is the Umno method.

"We feel that it may also work for our party, not the two-tier system as suggested by some party leaders," he said.

Some party leaders have suggested that MCA adopt the two-tier election system where the posts of president, deputy president, state chairman and deputy state chairman are elected directly from the branch level, while the vice-president and other CC positions by the party delegates.

However, Dr Chua said the party had not come up with the final details on the system except some framework.

"When we had the unity briefing, we discussed it. Tomorrow, I will present it at the CC meeting," he added.

On fresh party polls, Dr Chua said there was no doubt that there was a need for a new mandate for the party leadership, but the question was the timing.

"The next party election is in 2011, which means we've got one and a half years from now. So, we need to get the system ready and amend the party constitution.

"Politics is not static. If the grassroots say we don't need fresh elections as the party is stable now, then it's well and good. But we must be prepared to face the grassroots, may be six or eight months down the line when the new model of electing the central leadership is put in place."

Dr Chua said the CC at its meeting tomorrow would also discuss funding for the divisions to carry out their activities after the party lost several state and parliamentary seats in the general election last year.

"We will discuss whether the funding should be based on the number of members in a division and whether the party has a state or parliamentary seat in the divisional area. If there is, then we should give such divisions more funding.

"However, if the MCA elected representative is a minister or state exco member, the party should not fund the division. Instead, they should help fund the divisional activities," he said.


Monday, November 2, 2009

A Single Stream Education System

It is good that the Prime Minister is firm and clear on this issue, that the government will not implement an education system that divides the people. Until the people from various races are in the agreement, then the single stream system will not be implemented. The PM also reminded the rakyat that we should not be taken up by racist remarks made by any political leader since they do not necessarily reflect the views of the majority.

It is very simplistic to think that a single stream of education system will ensure racial interaction, harmony and unity. There are many countries where you have a single stream of education, but the people are as divisive as ever. Racial unity is a very complex issue that cannot be achieved just by implementing a single stream education system. Leaders who make such a call should be reminded that educational freedom is enshrined in the constitution and it is an inherent right of all Malaysians.

Right now, while there are various streams of education system, the curriculum are set by the Ministry of Education. The content of the various educational streams should instill nation building, mutual respect, tolerance and acceptance of the uniqueness of the diversity of races in this country. Government policies that are fair, equitable, democratic that will ensure confidence and trust in the government is important. No race should be marginalized or left out from the mainstream of development. Every group is entitled to share the expanding economic cake. Government should help on the needs basis.

The government can continue to assist the bumiputras who are in needs but non-bumis who are also in needs should receive help from the government. When every rakyat feels he is a stakeholder in sharing the expanding economic cake, then it is easier to achieve racial harmony and nation building.

To be fair, since Najib became the Prime Minister, he has courageously implemented many new measures to ensure that he walks the talk of Satu Malaysia. Meeting the needs and the expectation of the various races in a multiracial country like Malaysia is a mind-boggling task. Even the PR states are confronted with many problems of how to meet the needs of the various parties within the coalition.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Public Transport

Public transport, especially in the major towns like Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru and Kota Kinabalu need to be fixed. Over the years, while the government has done well to improve the road system in our country, it has failed to address public transport system. Hence, the usage of public transport has dropped dramatically to only about 16 percent.

While good road system is important, we need to improve the public transport system, otherwise our roads will continue to be clogged by motor vehicles. It is a chicken and egg situation whereby because of the poor public transport system, then having your own mode of transport becomes a necessity and not a luxury. It is not uncommon to find an employee not coming to work because his car or motorbike breaks down. Many areas in Kuala Lumpur are not served by public transport. Hence, the ownership of motor vehicle by Malaysians is one of the highest in Asia.

Najib chairs the Cabinet Committee on Public Transport and this is tasked to improve public transport so that the usage of public transport would increase to 25 percent in the short term and ultimately 40% in the long term. This may be a difficult target to achieve until greater commitment is shown to improve the public transport system.

The latest budget shows that the government has announced a number of initiatives to improve the public transport. However, this looks like a piece meal effort. The major cities need an integrated transport master plan. Until there is better connectivity between the various mode of transport, people will shun public transport. The various public transports available in KL are not inter-connected. When you buy a bus ticket, you cannot travel in a commuter train. The first act of improving the connectivity is to make travel in the public transport system hussle free.

There are too many departments involved in looking after public transport. The latest count is 13 departments. There should be a body like the Cabinet Committee on public transport that is the supreme body that oversees all public transport problems from application of licenses, planning of routes, better equipments, more efficient service and cost-effective way of delivering the service.

Right now, Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad has done a poor job in the procurement of buses and equipments. RapidKL is not as rapid as it should be. It is hoped that through better coordination, the development of the public transport system will not be in an ad-hoc and haphazard manner.

A land transport commission may be required so as to bring different agencies in line and engage the public in order to plan a more people’s friendly route. The support of the rakyat is important if we want to promote better usage of public transport system. There is a need to educate the taxi and the bus drivers that they are not kings of the road.










Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A response to the 2010 Budget

The Budget 2010 that was announced on Friday, 23rd October 2009 is overall a good budget, especially under this challenging economic condition. The Budget deficit will be reduced from 7.4% to 5.6% and there are no higher taxes. Generally, it does not burden the rakyat and is business friendly. I had the opportunity to gather some professionals for a brainstorming session on the budget and below are some essences of the discussion that I would like to share.

Real Property Gain Tax (RPGT)

The 5 percent Real Property Gain Tax (RPGT) as announced in the Budget 2010 will be effective from January 1, 2010.

It is seen as a counter-productive move in encouraging real property investments among local and foreign investors and less attractive compared to other countries that offer lower RPGT or no tax than Malaysia.

Goods and Service Tax (GST)

The time has come for the Government to seriously consider the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

The Goods and Service Tax is more equitable compared to the sales and service tax. However, appropriate measures must be taken to ensure that the implementation of the GST is properly done.

The country’s oil and gas industry although contributing 40 percent of the government’s revenue will continue to drop in future and the GST could be another source of revenue to the government.

The GST has been implemented in many countries. You pay for services and goods. Hence, it is more equitable. Educating the rakyat and ensuring its proper implementation is important. There is a lot of red tape involved in its implementation. Hence, GST should not be introduced in haste.

Green Technology

In view of the current problem of global warming and climate change the PM Najib has announced a fund of RM1.5 billion soft loan in order to provide assistance to companies dealing with green technology and hopefully help to reduce carbon foot prints for the nation.

Apart from the tax exemption on the Green Building Index (GBI) certificate and the RM1.5 billion fund, the government should also consider implementing plastic bag tax. Many plastic bags are non-biodegradable and it causes great harm not only to the environment but also to the human beings. Countries like Ireland has passed a plastic bag tax in year 2002 and within weeks, it showed 94 percent drop in plastic bag usage.

The government should consider implementing before the plastic bag tax an educational program on reducing the usage of plastic bag. There should also be a tax for non-environment friendly practices such as usage of Styrofoam containers. Green taxes will also spur technological innovation.

As for the green technology, there are foods for thoughts by an environmentalist as follows:

1) Energy and water efficiency

· New Green Building Indexed building should result in 40 – 60 percent less energy and water usage.

· The rain water should be recycled and reused via inbuilt technology in the house via storage tanks (underground) and etc.

· Solar panels and photovoltaic cells to generate electricity and heating power

· Wind power whenever possible

2) Indoor environment quality

· Using good architectural design for better natural air flow and directional placing of buildings;

· Use of non-toxic paint and materials and environmental materials.

3) Sustainable building and development

· Using GBI buildings and more eco-friendly and energy efficient buildings.

· Cheaper and more eco-friendly low cost homes.

4) Usage of renewable and recyclable materials

· Using wood materials or waste materials using old tyres for retention wall and more cooler energy efficient homes (smart and cool homes)

5) Using new technologies

Quick build system that is 1/3 less cost, e.g. solar energy, green power, biomass power generation, sewerage systems that generate power, recycle water (drinkable) and produce fertilizer.


The SME is an important component in the engine of growth in the country. Hence, there is a need for continuous support from the government in the form of soft loan or grant for SME entrepreneurs. Although there is a special funding under the stimulus package, the government should introduce a system for SME owners to be able to purchase their own factories rather than paying for the renting of the factories.

There should be more grants so that the entrepreneurs could:

1) Upgrade their equipments;

2) Acquire new technologies;

3) Expand the capacity and productivity of their factories and products and;

4) Research and technology.

Right now, we are told that the yearly fund allocated have often been fully utilized before the year-end.

Creative Industry

A total of RM200 million of fund is allocated for creative industry. This is the first time that such allocation is given. However, the amount of fund is inadequate since there are many fields in the creative industry. The creative industry has great potential and if the government wants to develop the service industry to achieve 65% of the GDP by 2020, then the creative industry is one field that holds great promise. We need to overcome:

1) Internet access problem;

2) Content development problem

Often, you notice the film industry and advertisements in the electronic media have to buy content from overseas. There is little support from the local community and the government for the development of local content in the creative industry.

As for performing arts, there should be room for people who are creative and space for the freedom of expression. If a minority of people likes to impose their own values on local and foreign artists, then we can forget about developing performing arts in Malaysia.

A grant of RM50million for branding is grossly inadequate. Right now, SME can apply for grant when they do promotion overseas as part of their branding exercise. If they do not have a strong local brand name, then no way can they compete overseas. Hence, there is a need to identify the top 30 local brands and establish a strong local brand with government assistance, then only they are ready to go overseas.

There is a lot of red tape in applying for these grants. Hence, the procedure to apply for the grant should be simplified.


Security is a big issue in this country. This is one reason why we have suffered a drop in our competitiveness. We welcome the RM1billion funding to beef up security. However, having extra patrol car and better equipment will not ensure better security. It is the security personnel’s professionalism, dedication, right attitude, less corruption and abuse of power that will improve the security in this country.

Minimum Wage

It is disappointing that the minimum wage issue was not mentioned in the 2010 budget.

I have mentioned in the blog before that Malaysia needs a minimum wage policy for certain sectors that have potential for growth. It will increase productivity and efficiency as producers or employers will have to make these adjustments. Workers will have to change their attitudes towards work and increase productivity to be employed. Malaysia will not be dependent on cheap and low skilled foreign labour to drive its economy.

More than 90 % of countries have legislation regarding minimum wage but Malaysia is not one of them.

There are about 3.5 million foreign workers in Malaysia. Last year, foreign workers remitted RM18 billion to their own countries. If minimum wage is implemented, this amount of money will not flow out of the country. It will definitely boost up local consumption.

Saturday, October 10, 2009



I would like to thank MCA central delegates and all party members for their enormous support that lead to my reinstatement as a MCA member.

I accept the decisions made by all central delegates and I hope that the MCA central leadership will respect decisions made by the central delegates in the MCA EGM.

Thank you.





Tuesday, October 6, 2009


The MCA Central Delegates’ EGM Action Committee urged all MCA Central Delegates to attend the EGM on the 10th October, 2009. This EGM is called by Central Delegates to determine the destiny of the party.

Post 308 General Election, MCA is at its lowest point. Under the leadership of Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, the situation is worsening and the party is divided. Since the party election last year, Datuk Seri Ong has made no plans to revive the party.

We have to admit that MCA today has NO impact on national politics. It has NO influence on the policies and plans of this country. We have NO direction.

For this reason, the MCA Central Delegates’ EGM Action Committee has put together the 3R Manifesto to restore 60 years of legacy and influence.

We believe that this manifesto of REJECT, REUNITE, RESTORE will provide a road map for our party leaders and members to return the MCA to its place of respect and prominence.

Today, we want a strong and united MCA. We want a party leader who serves the party and not his own interest.

Nothing is more important than the wishes of the majority. This EGM is important.

If we make the wrong choice we are doomed.

Attend this 10 October 2009 EGM and Vote FOR all the resolutions to be part of the change for MCA.











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308政治海啸以后,我党总会长的改革只闻楼梯响,形容他毫无作为贴切不过 。


上任以来仅召开6次会长理事会 ( 本应每周一次) 6次中委会。













































马华必须体现 以民为本,绩效为先的精神。










  • 我们必须努力保护接受母语教育的权力
  • 我们的目标包括为母语教育开发更制度化和计划性的政府资助管道
  • 马华必须持续增建和搬迁华小
  • 马华必须说服政府承认独中统考文凭,让独中毕业生顺利进入师训及其他高等教育机构深深造













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