Who is MCA?

Honestly, does anyone really care anymore? I was having lunch over the weekend with a bunch of elder men, one of whom actually works for an MCA owned organisation. Obviously, the topic of the MCA ‘crisis’ came up and I think that the general consensus is that MCA is going to be wiped out in the next election.

On my part, I realised that I had stopped caring about what happened to the MCA a long time ago.

The current political sandiwara within the MCA just goes to show how dead they have become to the needs of the people. They are so caught up with their internal in-fighting that they have lost sight of the larger picture. The window of opportunity is gone, where the MCA could have used their status as the ‘sole representative’ of the Chinese community within BN to do more after Gerakan got wiped out. Strong leadership was needed but none was forthcoming.

I ask myself about what would happen at the end of the month – after their new elections. Personally, I feel that regardless of whom gets elected as President, the sandiwara will continue as people jostle for power. The thing is, the pie has gotten smaller but instead of fighting for a larger slice, the MCA is killing each other for scraps. I really have to respect the one who thought up this stratagem. I am sure that there are people watching the fires burning across the river even as we speak.

I think that the Chinese community has largely abandoned the MCA, particularly the young. We all see that a multi-ethnic solution is the only answer to our problems in Malaysia. The only ones who remain glued to the MCA are likely the ones whose livelihoods depend on the gravy train from the MCA. However, when the gravy flow begins to slow, these people will quickly drown.

Personally, I think that the MCA needs to be put to an end. They have done their part in the past and contributed to the growth and stability of our nation. However, they have been unable to adapt to the changing ways and are stuck in the past. They need to go away for a while, and make room for others. If they manage to sort out their problems, they can still be a force to reckon with in the future. But that is just wishful thinking.

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Shawn Tan

Chip Doctor, Chartered Engineer, Entrepreneur, Law Graduate.

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