Chinese New Year is over. It is time to work. The Ox year is recognized as a difficult year, both at the economic and political front.
Maybe I should disclose what I have told the Chinese media in one of the Open House event that I attended.
After the 1st day celebration of Chinese New Year in MCA Headquarters, I received a lot of phone calls about my seating arrangement during the function that was graced by YAB Deputy Prime Minister. I was placed together with MCA veterans.
My response has always been the same. I don’t really care about seating arrangement during functions. I have to attend the Chinese New Year Celebration hosted by MCA and how the leadership wants to place me; I leave it to their wisdom or lack of it. Since this is their prerogative, I will not complain.
Party leadership can control my appointment in the party. However, it cannot restrict my thinking, movements and activities.
I told the press about the ups and downs of politics and that I personally have been through and seen some of it.
Leaders can consolidate their positions, but it must have some “CLASS” of its own and not be too blatant as to provoke anger among members.
A politician’s destiny within the party is determined by its members, but elected representative is determined by the Rakyat. You can hold high post in the party but it’s the rakyat that will determine their political life in the general election.
If you lose in the general election, it signifies the rejection by the rakyat and your party position becomes meaningless. In short, you may be a great party leader, but the Rakyat is still the boss.
Some comrades within the party treat me as an enemy. In fact, reliable sources informed me that some MCA State Chairman informed their division chairmen not to invite me for functions.
One MCA Minister went to the extent of instructing senior officials that they should not co-operate or help me in anyway in the course of my work as Chairman of Government Policy Monitoring Bureau.
To REINFORCE this, there was even this SMS going around among MCA Leaders that I am a liability to the party, hence, Chinese civil servants that go near me are taking unnecessary risks.
I treat all these with an open mind. They treat me as an enemy but I treated them as friends. It must be frustrating to some of my comrades in the party.
Some leaders talk of seeking consensus, but their action speaks otherwise. Time is running out and is not on our side.
The same leader talks about unity but their action are often the most DIVISIVE. They seem to live in a make belief ‘World of their Own’. Good luck to them!