Blog by Lim Kit Siang in Petaling Jaya on Monday, 1st February 2010:
MCA Ministers and leaders are the “politically walking-dead” in Malaysia
Surprise of surprises that there is a MCA Minister and leader who could bestir from their political comatose stage to notice current developments around them.
The MCA paper The Star today reported the MCA vice president Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha as commenting that “the ‘internal bleeding’ of Pakatan Rakyat is just the beginning of a more serious problem for the pact” and that “Normally, in medical terms, if there’s haemorrhaging in the brain, it will lead to a stroke”.
Thanks Kong for the concern, which must have been quite an exertion from a denizen of the “politically walking-dead” in Malaysia – the MCA Ministers and leaders.
Malaysians have ceased to ask why MCA Ministers have failed to pull their weight in Cabinet, as it is generally recognized that the “politically walking-dead” can have zero weight or input in serious matters of state – which is why MCA Ministers have nothing to say in Cabinet about national issues whether 1Malaysia, NEP, braindrain, corruption, galloping crime or recent issues as in getting the Cabinet to direct the Home Ministry to withdraw its appeal against the Kuala Lumpur High Court judgment of Datuk Lau Bee Lan allowing the Catholic weekly Herald to use the word “Allah” in the Bahasa Malaysia edition and to convene an inter-religious conference to resolve the “Allah” controversy; the exclusion of Chinese and Tamil primary schools in the selection of the first list of 20 high-performance schools or the Jakim insubordination and insurrection in organsing a forum for 800 civil servants last Thursday which openly defied the 1Malaysia concept.
DAP and Pakatan Rakyat will not be in denial like MCA Ministers and leaders. We are not afraid to admit to any internal haemorrhaging as such frank admission is the first necessary step and precondition to staunch the wound and not to become “politically walking dead” like MCA Ministers and leaders.
As PKR leader and Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, mentioned yesterday, there is afoot the Umno inspired plot involving Prime Minister Najib Razak to get PKR MPs and state legislators to defect by the Chinese New Year or to wrest a second state from Pakatan Rakyat, i.e. Selangor after the undemocratic, illegal and unconstitutional power grab in Perak which will mark its infamous anniversary on 6th Feb.
Pakatan Rakyat leaders who met yesterday recognized such “internal bleeding” and we are determined to staunch it so that PR will not join MCA Ministers and leaders in the zone of the “politically walking-dead”.
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Ipoh Timor