MCA confirms its irrelevancy - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Thursday, March 04, 2021
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Malaysiakini : "That is why I work with him because he is the voice of the Chinese." - Umno politician Nazri Abdul Aziz on DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng
"Starting now, MCA can accept associate members from among
non-Chinese," said MCA secretary-general Chong Sin Woon, which means the
party wants to have non-voting, non-Chinese associate members as a fig
leaf to their race-based agendas and policies.
I have no idea why
the MCA would do something like this now. Which is worse, being a
non-voting, non-Chinese associate member in a race-based party or being a
non-voting, non-Chinese associate member in a race-based party which
has lost its influence in the Chinese community the party claims to
rational and informed person would have issues with the way DAP
confronts its inter-party racial politics but this idea that the MCA is
accepting non-Chinese associate members is the most ridiculous thing in a
political terrain filled with howlers.
Do not get me wrong. I am
sure the MCA has a history of advocating on behalf of the non-Chinese
community but the same could be said of any race-based party. It is all
part of the subterfuge that race-based parties represent, or at least
theoretically could represent, the interests of all Malaysians.
we know that this is a complete lie and the existence of race-based
parties are meant to divide us along racial lines instead of ideological
lines. This is the crux of the matter, isn’t it? This is the toxic
nature of race-based parties.
This is why Umno Youth chief Asyraf
Wajdi Dusuki got his knickers in a twist about a school history book
that he alleges glorifies communism and socialism.
to be a planned effort during Pakatan Harapan's 22 months in power to
sow the seeds of the 'Malaysian Malaysia' ideology and subtlely
brainwash students that socialism and communism are not bad and were
among the ideologies used to fight for independence," he said on the
course, Asyraf is afraid that “ideologies” which unite diverse groups
of people would destroy the “Malay uber alles” ideology that BN
cultivated over decades.
Of course, he is afraid of the
polychromatic Malay left which was part of the greater “Malaysian left”
which demonstrated that there was, is and always will be segments of the
population who believe “Malaysian Malaysia” is a possible path to save
It benefits the Malay establishment if there are
race-based parties. In this way, they can demonstrate to the greater
Malay polity that Malay race-based hegemons are needed to protect their
The fact that non-Malay communities have been
successful economically is used against them, and hence non-Malay
political power structures not only have to kowtow to Malay power
brokers, they have to spread disinformation in service of racial
This is why it is imperative that dominant political
discourse is framed along racial lines. This is why every time the DAP
engages in communal racial politics they are demonised by the Malay
establishment as betraying the Malaysian Malaysia concept.
is why when the DAP hooked up with Bersatu, propagandists from the Malay
establishment were having the time of their lives and when it was
discovered that the DAP was bending over backwards for Malay power
brokers in Pakatan Harapan, it was still not enough for the Malay uber
Look, the reality is that all these race-based legacy
parties are merely window dressing for this Malay uber alles
government. If the DAP, which is ostensibly multiracial, was bending
over backwards when they were in government and Harapan was supposed to
be a reformist government, what role does anyone think that the MCA has
in a regressive government like Perikatan Nasional?
I have known a
few associate members from various race-based or religious-based
political parties and every single one of them understands they are
there to give legitimacy or credibility to the political party and not
to represent the genuine interests of their communities.
how the PAS supporters club, or whatever it is called, has been shown to
be the morally bankrupt fig leaf that it is. For years minority
supporters or associate members were asked to do as told while policies
that were detrimental to Malaysians were injected into the mainstream.
time such policies were announced, there would always be minorities,
who were aligned with these political parties, coming out and defending
those policies in the most disingenuous of ways.
Most of the time
they had no input in shaping the policy. They were there solely as
cheerleaders, which is pathetic since nobody took them seriously anyway.
Indeed the establishment used the vitriol thrown their way as more
propaganda of the toxicity of the opposition.
president Wee Ka Siong bizarrely claimed that MCA is “synonymous” with
the Chinese as though the association with the Chinese community was
suggestive or implied. It is right there in the name of your party, Wee -
the Malaysian Chinese Association.
The raison d'être of the MCA
is to represent the Chinese community and to this day, the MCA has done
nothing to demonstrate that it has been veering towards a more inclusive
The DAP had to learn very fast that dealing with Malay
power structures on a federal level, and a bureaucracy that is, in
essence, an extension of a political party (Umno), is complex and
requires stratagems and rhetoric that are in total opposition to the
egalitarian ideas that the DAP tells its base is the foundation of a new
I would say this, for all the problems with multiracial
parties like PKR and DAP and what have you, race-based parties like the
MCA are the greater more immediate problem.
While they do not
have any influence with the Malay uber alles crowd and no doubt, Malay
power brokers for the sake of “unity” would occasionally "compromise"
these parties, the racial narrative replacing any form of ideological
narrative is what is destroying this country.
As someone who has
highlighted the contributions of the MCA in a realpolitik sense for the
community, this latest move by the MCA demonstrates how irrelevant MCA
Sometimes it is better to fade away than to publicly declare your demise.