DAP chili padi Teo Nie Ching and Liew Ching Tong have made the rallying call to destroy MCA’s No 1 and No 2 and made it their political mission in history. Will such a call find resonance and endorsement of the Chinese community? If DAP assigned its strongmen in the last two elections to attack the two seats held by MCA’s No 1 and No 2, the two would have probably quit and left the political arena long ago.
However, as the so-called historic mission has been launched only in this election, it may find some stiff challenges. If Liew Chin Tong and Teo Nie Ching represented DAP in the fight, the Chinese may find it difficult to make a choice. However, at least 30% to 40% of the Chinese voters would choose MCA in consideration of the community’s interest. Many Chinese voters may also choose to cast spoilt votes. As such, Teo Nie Ching and Liew Chin Tong may not be the sure winners.
DAP may have lost the opportunity to wipe out MCA completely in the coming election. MCA top leaders would only turn belly up if there was a Malay tsunami. Otherwise, any such challenge would trigger an uproar in the Chinese society as they may not endorse DAP’s election strategy.
When Teo Nie Ching realized that the Chinese are not so passionate about destroying MCA, she made a clarification about her “historic mission”. It shows that the Chinese do not want to see one-sided support for either MCA, Gerakan or DAP.
If it was a “historic mission”, Teo Nie Ching should train her gun at UMNO because UMNO is the dominating political force in this country. If UMNO was toppled, DAP would be a partner of the ruling power when Pakatan takes over the government.
Looking at Pakatan’s seat distribution, there seems to be many conflicts as Pakatan partners have been attacking each other, especially Pribumi Bersatu in Johor, and Pribumi Bersatu and Amanah in Selangor as they have expressed their unhappiness.
PKR has taken all Pakatan’s winnable constituencies but is still eyeing PAS constituencies, leaving UMNO-dominated constituencies for Pribumi Bersatu and Amanah. These are so-called “black areas”. Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin is worried of the ability and winning chances of Pribumi Bersatu and Amanah. If Pakatan failed to win absolute support from the Malays in Malay-dominated constituencies, a national Malay tsunami would be hard to take shape.
DAP understands that based on Pakatan’s existing structure, it would not be strong enough to destroy UMNO. When they do not have absolute confidence of destroying UMNO, they could only attack MCA’s Bentong and Ayer Hitam constituencies, giving the impression of Chinese fighting against Chinese.
Even with the support of DAP, the three Pakatan Malay partners are not strong enough to fight UMNO, what more when the Malay votes have been split by PAS. Even though Pakatan is headed by former prime minister Tun Mahathir, he is ageing and his influence is not strong enough to whip up a Malay tsunami.
Pribumi Bersatu headed by Tun Mahathir is not really strong. The party is made up of all sorts of people. They have in-fighting and have expressed their unhappiness with Pakatan leaders.
What meaning is there for DAP to call for the destruction of MCA while losing the Malay votes which could destroy UMNO? What is DAP’s motive in destroying MCA especially when MCA has secured Barisan’s agreement to build 10 Chinese primary schools in Johor and Selangor and relocating another six? In which way has MCA “sold out” the Chinese community to earn their hatred so that the party has to be destroyed?
In fact, the existence of MCA is of great importance especially when DAP is happy in playing the opposition role. DAP’s existence is dependent on MCA. If MCA is no more a Barisan partner, no one will safeguard the Chinese interest. The many issues raised by DAP in its attack against MCA have been resolved by MCA because it is in the Cabinet.
The co-existence of DAP and MCA is a good thing for the Chinese community. It allows one party to fight for the interest of the Chinese community in Barisan and another to play the supervisory role.
If MCA was destroyed, can DAP replace MCA in the Cabinet? If DAP has such intention, the party would have left Pakatan Rakyat and Pakatan Harapan in the past two elections and joined Barisan to be in the ruling alliance.
If the Chinese endorsed the call by DAP and gave their votes to DAP in Bentong and Ayer Hitam, MCA’s No 1 and No 2 would not be able to lead the party, and the Chinese will then have to bless themselves.
If the Chinese voters rejected the DAP strategy and gave their votes to MCA, DAP will lose two capable leaders. As such, DAP’s strategy is very risky when many young voters are contemplating casting spoilt votes.
Certain people are unhappy that DAP supporters have launched a fierce attack against those promoting spoilt votes. It is still questionable whether DAP can win more Chinese votes or not, what more when MCA’s Liow Tiong Lai and Wee Ka Siong are not political weaklings!