Najib, don't you sulk, too, should BN lose
YOURSAY ‘With the inclusion of Independent candidates under the BN banner, it looks like Najib has been directed to field Ibrahim Ali'.
LittleGiant: Why should caretaker PM Najib Razak be concerned or worry about these sulkers?
Many of these hopefuls who are not selected to contest in GE13 may already have been appeased with offer of Senate seats, directorships or some plum positions in GLCs (government-linked companies) and other government-controlled organisations and institutions.
They have nothing to lose. To many of them, politics is an "everlasting business" steeped in greed and glamour. They wantonly crave for "power and privileges" and would continue to behave like warlords.
And Chua Soi Lek, the MCA chief, probably wanted to use the word "busybody" on some Umno leaders but did not have the guts to do so. So in sheer frustration he used it on the journalists who were only doing their job.
MCA, hanging only by a thin thread now, would forever be a pathetic partner in the BN coalition and continued to be kicked around by Umno.
Holden: Why such childish language? Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud referred to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) as "naughty" , and here's Najib talking about sulking. Does this reflect the general mentality of the party?
Ferdtan: Chua Sok Lek said: "You must understand that the PM has the final say (on MCA's seats)." Is the Umno president the overlord of MCA?
From what I know BN is made up of many coalition partners, and MCA is the largest party after Umno. So Chua, it seems that you have no clue on how many seats are given to MCA and who shall be standing in the GE?
When you go to meet with Umno, was it to discuss and negotiate with them? Or was it to take dictation on what had already been decided by Umno?
It could be exactly the comical scene which appeared in the mainstream media some years back where then PM Abdullah Badawi sat and listened to lectures from previous PM Mahathir, looking forlorn, seriously taking notes.
The image of that piteous and humiliating scene never left me (seeing a sitting PM been insulted openly) - not sure whether it has left Abdullah. Possibly he would write his memoirs to defend himself when Mahathir is gone.
SusahKes: But Najib, those sulking would have also heard you say, "we must defend Putrajaya at all costs ". So, should you blame those who sulk if they, too, want to "protect" their gravy train at all costs?
As for Chua and MCA, I know many things have been said. To sum it all up, I hope that MCA would be confined to the history books after this GE, effectively closing the chapter on the most hypocritical yet lame duck political party in this country.
MCA has been a bigger letdown than even Umno, simply for the fact that when they had the opportunity to rein in Umno in the 80s, they failed to do it. Instead they exchanged their role for positions, economic gains and to keep former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad happy.
I'm sure Chua, as MCA president, knows how much the rakyat wishes to bid adieu (farewell) to MCA or you wouldn't have avoided Gelang Patah otherwise. We need renewal and rejuvenation, not silly, spineless and unfounded rhetoric against Pakatan Rakyat.
Heavywater: Najib Abdul Razak will be played out by his own kind for selfish reasons. Najib simply cannot please everyone and everyone is blackmailing him left, right and centre and that would be Najib's downfall.
So to think that they will only sulk shows how naive Najib is.
Cantabrigian: The reason why these unsuccessful guys will sulk is because every seat will get you millions of ringgit worth of contracts. When you lose the chance to make money, of course you will sulk.
Anonymous #32993250: Don't sulk Najib if BN loses. After 24 hours, return to the game as leader of the opposition.
Anti Umno: Umno Youth chief and Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin, I think he is referring to you. Actually, what do you have to lose?
You are humiliated by being the only Umno Youth chief who did not have a ministerial position. To make it worse, your deputy did. Come join the ABU (Asalkan Bukan Umno) crowd.
Mikey!: How come the president of MCA cannot even confirm if he is contesting? What a lame duck. At least, G Palanivel of MIC knows he is contesting.
Anonymous_4031: Chua Soi Lek, are you not the MCA president? If you are not, then hold your tongue. If you are, then make your stand clear to big brother Umno.
Never forget that MCA, MIC and Umno formed the Alliance Party. Rock the boat, if necessary. Maintain your principles. Only a leader who holds tight to his principles will survive in this world. If you have no principles to hold on to, there is nothing to say.
Look at Pakatan leaders, they are equal partners. That is why there are quarrels over seats; it is not a crisis, but hard bargaining. Finally, after negotiations, a solution is found. Do you do the same in BN?
Astounded: Chua, please make sure you fulfill your pledge that if MCA does not do better than GE12, MCA will not participate in the cabinet should BN win. We will hold you to your word.
Sad Malaysian: Half of BN supports Najib, the other half sabotages Najib. Let the battle royale begin. May the best man win.
Anonymous #79199503: With the inclusion of Independent candidates under the BN banner, it looks like Najib has been directed to field Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali.
Ramachandran Muniandy: If you are going to take all the PKR frogs which BN paid to become turncoats, please forget it. The rakyat will turn against BN and its component parties.
There are some lobbying through Mahathir like Ibrahim Ali and if you bend to Mahathir's demand, they will make sure that Umno will lose badly and put you on the chopping board.
So you have to be careful and watch out. When former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi stood for election after becoming PM, he remove Mahathir's picture from all election posters and banners and he won with a landslide.
Up2U: To be fair to Chua, Liow Tiong Lai and company who inherited MCA from their predecessors, the party was so toothless against Umno that there was nothing they could do.
Their part in history and the fall of MCA was that they were the culprits that brought down the only glimmer of hope for MCA. Anyway, Chua, Liow and Co deserve to go.
Mushiro: Even prime minister in waiting Muhyiddin Yassin will be sulking as most of his men will not be selected. So let us see the fun.
Stried: Najib is now singing, "Will you still love me tomorrow?"
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