2nd BN Deputy Chairman! MCA or …
It is not wrong for the Malaysian Chinese Association leaders to thinks that the founding member of Alliance/Barisan Nasional deserves the Deputy Chairmanship in the 14-party coalition.
Retiring MCA Youth chief Datuk Liow Tiong Lai’s assertion that his party should be given a BIGGER role in the coalition is laudable.
He should have also demanded for a Greater RESPONSIBILITY to revitalize the coalition.
Maybe Liow also needs to be reminded of the fact that Barisan Nasional members of Parliament would be stepping into Parliament as members of the OPPOSITION if not for the 50-odd seats from Sabah and Sarawak.
The presence of UMNO in Sabah might make the collective number of seats delivered by local parties like SAPP, PBRS, PBS and LDP small, much smaller than the dismal performance of MCA nationwide, but the BN shouldn’t ignore SARAWAK.
BN Sabah, Umno included, delivered 24 of the 25 parliamentary seats contested in the memorable March 8, 2008 12th General Election but the Sarawak Barisan Nasional single-handedly delivered 30 of the 31 parliamentary seats which were up for grab.
Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, Sarawak Chief Minister and BN chairman, held his four-party coalition together and steered the high-waves to deliver the crucial numbers that has kept BN afloat at the federal level.
The Sarawak BN is held sturdy by Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu PBB, Sarawak United People’s Party SUPP, Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party SPDP and Parti Rakyat Sarawak PRS.
If indeed the proposal for a second BN chairmanship is deliberated by the BN supreme council, then the trusted leaders should weigh the contributions of each and every party and region accordingly.
Don’t forget their crucial performance on March 8.
Between MCA and the Sarawak BN led by Taib Mahmud, I think the latter stands a better chance.
p/s Some say such self serving demands from MCA at a time when BN is undergoing tremendous pressure is unbecoming of a founding member, but others argue that is the Art of Survival. Either art or survival, I feel that STATUS QUO is still a better choice for all.
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