MCA presidential polls: Who will give the party a fighting chance?

Opinion  |  James Chai
Published:  |  Modified:

COMMENT | If Gan Peng Sieu doesn’t win the presidency on Nov 4, it will spell the end of MCA.

I know many, including myself, who have written off MCA long ago. With only one parliamentary seat left, this MCA election is not about whether MCA could be a credible and effective check-and-balance against the Pakatan Harapan government.

The only point to this MCA election is to see who is most fit to lead MCA into the next general election, to give it a fighting chance, however remote.

The only question now is whether MCA will choose Gan Peng Sieu and undergo a thorough revolution within the party or choose Wee Ka Siong and follow the path of Umno and maintain status quo.

There is no doubt in my mind that Gan is a more superior candidate than Wee. The simple reason is that Gan is unburdened by Najib’s corrupt regime that irreversibly tainted Wee.

The incumbent MCA leadership (where Wee was Number 2) was given daily and weekly chances to speak up about the 1MDB corruption and the despicable abuse of power, but it didn’t. Instead, the leaders spent their time perfecting the art of silence.

On many occasions, they even came to Najib’s defence and attacked the opposition for speaking the truth. Wee Ka Siong was part of that cabinet that is collectively responsible for the debacle that almost ruined the country...

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