The brickbats thrown at Donald Lim's call for a Perkasa-like Chinese Malaysian movement in recent days is well-deserved.
The brickbats thrown at Liow Tiong Lai's call for an RM1 billion further infusion of funds to Chinese-language schools, on the premise that it will win BN and MCA further support of the Chinese Malaysian voters, is also well-deserved.
Donald's premise is that an ultra movement claiming to represent "rights" of the Chinese Malaysian community will catalyse the Chinese Malaysian community to rally around the MCA and, therefore, BN.
Donald's logic must have been founded on the perceived sex appeal of Ib and Perkasa.
There is, of course, no foundation to Donald's logic.
How a Vice President of the MCA can make such a call is beyond comprehension.
The Chinese Malaysian community has always been robust, rugged and resilient. It's hallmark is industriousness, adaptability and flexibility. In this regard, the community mirrors all Chinese communities in a global disapora.
If there are any "rights" that the Chinese Malaysians community craves for, it is the right to be left alone (especially from the taxman) and, the right NOT to see its hard-earned tax contributions frittered away by corrupt practices, favouritism and general wastages in the Government and its agencies.
In this sense, is the desire of the Chinese Malaysian community any different from that of any other Malaysian community?
This is the naked truth that Donald is in denial of or, worse still, that Donald fails to see at all.
I offer only one abbreviated acronym that Donald and the MCA needs to immediately deal with: PKFZ.
Deal with that one and, Donald and the MCA can talk turkey with the Chinese Malaysian community or, any other Malaysian community for that matter.
Tong Lai's premise
Tiong Lai's call for an additional RM1 billion funding for Chinese-language schools in Malaysia is wrongly premised. His purported belief is that such a move will garner more support for MCA and BN from the Chinese Malaysian community.
Does anyone actually, seriously believe that?
Again, I offer only one abbreviated acronym that Tiong Lai and the MCA needs to immediately deal with: PKFZ.
This will have to come later. Duty calls.... :(
Post March 8, 2008, the great socio-political and socio-economic issues in Malaysia have been laid bare. It does not take any effort to purchase any number of books that have spawn from that Great Wakeup Call.
To reconstruct and reposition itself, the MCA has to do what none of the BN components have been truly able to do to-date - to wake up from the state of denial.
If we ignore the school of thought that inferred that the Great Wakeup Call was due to the sheer attractiveness of Pakatan Rakyat, then, we are left with the other school of thought which inferred that the Great Wakeup Call was a warning shot by the Malaysian electorate over the bow of the BN supertanker.
Why did the electorate do that?
Why did a large proportion of the Semenanjung Malaysia electorate reject MCA and BN?
I am still puzzling as to whether any real post-mortem was done by MCA and its BN brethren. The operative word is "real".
That is why I say that the MCA and its BN brethren is still living in Egypt - a state of the Nile (sic) denial.
Perhaps the sarcastic moniker given by one Sinnathamby Rajaratnam of the Peoples Action Party, who contested and won the Bangsar parliamentary seat in 1964, is still apposite of the MCA. Certainly Tiong Lai seems to think so.
Rajaratnam said that the abbreviated name "MCA" meant "Money Changes All".
For completeness, he also said "UMNO" meant "U May Not Oppose".
He also said "MIC" meant "May I Come-in(?)".
Has anything changed since then?
More importantly, has anything changed since the Great Wakeup Call?