Thursday, July 8, 2010



Difficult for MCA to regain lost support — Lim Mun Fah

July 07, 2010

JULY 7 — MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek is right to say that the MCA is not ready to face a snap general election.

He also admits that the MCA has yet to fully recover from bruises of the one-and-a-half-year internal conflicts and he needs at least six months to a year to stabilise the party.

The problem is, it is easy to destroy but hard to build. Would six months or a year of time enough to change the situation of the party?

According to Dr Chua, there is still some time before the next general election and the people may change their minds at any time. Over time, they will find that the Pakatan Rakyat is not as perfect as they thought.

Dr Chua seems to lack confidence in himself and, thus, could only hope that the people will be totally disappointed by the Pakatan Rakyat and return to the Barisan Nasional (BN).

His attitude of not trying to reflect and save himself has shown his helplessness over the current political situation.

Voters seem to be indifferent to a series of people-friendly movements of the BN in recent days. The results of a few by-elections have shown that the basic political situation after the March 2008 general election has not been changed much. The changes, if any, would be the return of some Indian and Malay votes to the BN. But at the same time, Chinese votes have been flowing to the Pakatan Rakyat at a very high speed.

Such a trend has even extended to southern peninsula. Johor Baru, which has been regarded as a political bastion of the BN, is no longer a safe zone today.

The Pakatan Rakyat took control of five states after the 2008 general election.

The honeymoon period of the Pakatan Rakyat and the voters is surprisingly long even though the Pakatan Rakyat has carelessly lost control of Perak and has been entangled with infighting, defections and the issue of low quality MPs.

I believe that 90 per cent of those who supported the Pakatan Rakyat in the 2008 general election are still supporting it today.

The Pakatan Rakyat has vowed to go all out to win the next general election and take control of Putrajaya. Its plea to voters to give it a chance to rule the country after 50 years of BN rule is apparently gaining support

Many voters are willing to give it a try as they are fed up of the BN rule and am looking for change.

It cannot be said that the BN has made no contribution to the country at all over the past half of a century, but its long-term governance has also brought about corruption problems, including conspiracy between businessmen and officials, interest transference, abuse of power and racial bias.

Although the BN government has made some policy adjustments and changes, the people have not seen the actual results.

Unless voters are convinced that the BN has had a thorough transformation, those who have dumped the BN will never support it again. — [Malaysian Insider]