So, what's wrong? The chauvinistic perception will strongly maintain that Umno is capable of a 'one man show'. Then why did DAP, PKR and PAS form a political allign?
The poor showing during the last general election is not to be forgotten. MCA will not be able to put it behind but all mistakes and weaknesses are not incorrigible. MIC and Gerakan also 'lost' the 13th GE but they were determined to march on.
The nation is plagued with some teething problems that demand BN government to cohesively energize its defense and attack capability to overcome it. Racial and religious sentiment keep flaring while other issues such as the spiraling cost of living, crime watch, corruption, etc must be concertedly attended to.
Its time to stop blaming the Chinese although 15 per cent of them voted for BN in the last GE. The percentage can always grow if MCA has a major role in the administration and given the opportunity and the right 'political tools' to amend it.
PETALING JAYA, Feb 25 (Sin Chew Daily) – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is expected to conduct a cabinet reshuffle the earliest in April and latest in June, and the MCA is expected to get at least two ministerial and two deputy ministerial posts, as ascertained by the Sin Chew Daily.Not only MCA; Umno too needs more support to steer BN. Staying out of the Cabinet will not harm MCA but it will erode the Chinese confidence level towards the ruling party and Malaysia as a whole.
Sources said that the MCA wished to get three ministerial and three deputy ministerial posts but the chances are not high. Instead, it is very likely to get the Second Education Minister post so that the party can make a new start in fighting for Chinese votes.
It was said that a few ministers would willingly withdraw or be removed from the Cabinet list, including Ministers in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala and Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, as well as Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Hasan Malek.
Although some people said that Idris leaves due to the expiration of term but some also claimed that it is because he is not satisfied with the way the "Allah" issue is handled.
Idris, who manages the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu), will have his term as the Senator expired in September next year. Idris was sworn in as Senator on September 1, 2010 and his term was expired in September 2012. However, he was re-appointed and according to the Federal Constitution, the term of office of a Senator shall be three years and one shall not hold office for more than two terms.
As for Jamil Khir and Hasan Malek, it was said that they lack competitiveness and performance. In particular, Hasan Malek has so far failed to effectively pacify public resentment and properly handle the price hike issue.
"However, since he is a senior Umno member and a voted Supreme Council member, he might be transferred to other departments if not replaced.
"Jamir Khir was also accused of poor performance as he has failed to effectively address the 'Allah' issue, requiring the Prime Minister to personally ease public discontent in many cases," a source said.
As for the MCA, the Prime Minister has kept only the Transport Minister post for it after the party suffered a severe setback in the general election last year. If the party can get another weighty ministerial post this time, it would help to boost its morale and fight for Chinese votes. The incumbent Second Education Minister is Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.
However, another source said that the MCA would not get the Second Education Minister post but a Minister in the Prime Minister's Department. As for the two deputy ministerial posts, they could be from the Finance Ministry, Tourism Ministry or the Prime Minister's Department.
"If the party is able to get three ministerial posts, it is expected to get back the Health Minister post," the source added.
It was said that the reason the party is asking for three ministerial and three deputy ministerial posts is, the party has seven Members of Parliament and therefore, it should not get less posts than the MIC with only four MPs, and having two ministers and two deputy ministers in the Cabinet.
The source also said that the Prime Minister might make different arrangement if the MCA performs well in the Kajang by-election or there are signs showing the return of Chinese votes.
The Malays in Umno must realise that the 'few seats' won by MCA and MIC in the last general election was BN's saviour.
Of course we have options - to retain the kind of politics we have today or to join hands and chart a better tomorrow!