MCA criticized for giving up its stronghold seat of Gelang Patah in Johor to another Barisan Nasional component party, Umno, and demanded that the party surrender 58 more seats to Umno.
Gelang Patah had been a historic MCA fortress with a voter racial make-up of 53 per cent Chinese, 34 per cent Malays and 12 per cent Indians.
So if MCA surrenders this seat to Umno, then it will have to surrender all its other seats where the Chinese voter percentage is less than 52 per cent..MCA also should surrender its 25 parliamentary and 33 state assembly seats that have 52 per cent or less Chinese voters.
Is MCA willing to surrender these seats to Umno? Malaysians are entitled to an explanation from the MCA leadership..
Instead of fielding a “big gun” from its own party against Lim, the MCA has given way to Umno and Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman is expected to contest against Lim.
The 66-year-old mentri besar is deemed to be the best bet against the DAP stalwart especially when the ruling coalition is depending on the Malay support to win the May 5 general election.
Labelling Gelang Patah as his “life-and-death” political battle, this time will not only be fighting a four-term MB but also Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
This would be the first time in Malaysian electoral history where an opposition candidate has to face four Umno heavyweights “all at one go”.
BN retained the Gelang Patah seat with a 9,000-vote majority in Election 2008 which is a decline from the 31,666-vote majority in 2004. The opposition has never won this seat in the past 56 years.
More than 13.3 million voters are expected to cast their votes for 222 federal and 505 state seats this May 5. Sarawak had its state elections in 2011.
MCA has never been relevant to the Chinese community for a long time. It turned itself into UMNO's lapdog during the Tan Koon Swan vs Neo Yee Pan MCA presidential election. As history student will tell you - when you invite a 3rd party strongman to arbitrate between the two, he will eventually claim overlordship over your party/ organization / country. History repeats itself because politicians never think long term. They are short term "businessmen". As a result the Chinese community is playing second fiddle!
Parliament seat for Ayer Hitam also handed over to UMNO. MCA no more relevant but Chui Soi Lek still kowtow. This pru 13 is UMNO VS PR.
This will be the battle of the century for PR to win it and returning power back to the people. We are all behind you. Indians, Malays, Chinese and Indigenous people are all behind you! Ubah!!