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Response to MCA leaders — Ong Tee Keat

Response to MCA leaders — Ong Tee Keat

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/breakingviews/article/response-to-mca-leaders-ong-tee-keat/

February 05, 2011FEB 5 — I was indeed surprised by Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek’s “No quarrel during Chinese New Year” response to my Letter to the Editor of online news portals on February 2.

While respecting his liberty to dodge the comments on his infamous sex DVD scandal, I was least amused by his ‘No quarrel’ claim as my Letter to Editor was to comment on his response to the resignation calls after the Tenang by-election at a recent media interview.

Can’t he, with his current stature, differentiate between proper discourse and ‘quarrel’?

But he was crafty enough to assign the task of spokesman to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha, Deputy Minister Datuk Donald Lim and Perak State Exco member Datuk Mah Hang Soon by chiding my comment as ‘inappropriate’ while reminding me to respect the outcome of the March 28, 2010 party poll.

Anybody who read my earlier letter would certainly find no correlation or whatsoever with the MCA party poll last year as both incidents I cited as examples took place in early 2008.

Whilst the ‘appropriateness’ is not for the trio to judge, they should have the courage to debunk the two counts of incidents I cited if they were unfounded and illogical.

Since Chua seemed to take pride of his record of resignation in the past two years, naturally this prompted us to revisit the case.

It is a factual statement of mine while stating that his resignation from the ministerial and party posts on January 2, 2008, was not linked to any substantive issues of public interest, but merely due to the expose of his immoral involvement in the sex DVD scandal.

Then, what ‘inappropriateness’ are they (the MCA trio) talking about? Do they expect every MCA member, if not the public, to emulate ostrich in burying its head in the sand or simply to delete the scandal from our public memory?

Or do they imply that the March 28, 2010 MCA poll that returned Chua as the new president has the power of “political bleaching” any blot in his past alleged immorality record retrospectively? Since when has the party degraded into such ill-perceived practice as “See-not, say-not and hear-not”?

On his act to renege his written pledge (as contained in his letter of resignation to the then Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to relinquish his post as Labis MP, it was a glaring act of betrayal to his electorate. I merely cited what I learnt from the Question & Answer hansard of the Dewan Negara on the matter.

In other words, it was already in the public domain though it did not hog the media limelight then. Then again, why inappropriate? It would simply be illogical and unbelievable if the MCA trio were to attempt turning the issue into a party secret.

The trio might believe that by so doing the tainted party presidential integrity would hopefully be salvaged. Amid their zeal in doing the said job, they could have thought out of the box by instituting legal suit against anybody commenting on the subject matter.

If they could ever convince the Malaysian public that personal immorality of public office holders and national political leaders is permissible and acceptable in our partisan politics, surely Chua’s stigma would vanish accordingly as they wish. This would appear more convincing and productive as compared to mere gagging and censuring me, if not banishing me from the battered party.

Since Chua had openly disdained my earlier comments on several public and party issues as “Talking To Satisfy Your Own Consumption and Enjoyment” (literal translation from a colloquial Hokkien saying), then any claim of “inappropriateness” as was remarked by the MCA trio would appear somewhat irrelevant and unnecessarily contradictory.

* Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat is the MP for Pandan and former MCA president.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.

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