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MGG: The MCA President Chases Human Ghosts Now
By M.G.G. Pillai
10/9/2001 12:25 am Mon
First, the MCA took a leaf from the MIC manual for conducting
meetings, and hurled chairs and whatever came to hand at each
other; then it took a leaf from the PAS manual on how to let the
world know what it cannot report. By combing the two manuals,
MCA president is made to shiver in his pants. That he does with
the ground at odds with him, whose recent decisions can cost them
aplenty in the future. The Nanyang Press purchase is not the
good buy the MCA president, Dato' Seri Ling Liong Sik, crowed
about. He is sold a lemon, and he puts the MCA investments in
So, when a VCD of the fracas at the MCA Youth annual general
meeting on August 3, amidst normal MIC decorum, Dr Ling is upset.
He thinks that those who did are moral cowards who would not show
themselves. It is as are despicable as the ghosts he allows in
key MCA branches. Of course, he does not know anything of the
ghosts amongst members, as he does not of the ghosts responsible
for the VCD.
He does not know what the VCD is all about, only knows what
his aides and officials told him of it, is not curious to
find out about it, is happy to shoot his mouth. No wonder, he is
much valued as a cabinet minister. Like every cabinet minister,
he talks of matters he does not know anything of. And nows
issues a dare: would the ghost who made the VCD and distributed
it widely come forward and be the man he should be.
One duty of an irrelevant party president is to be chief
moral adviser, and you know of course sending stuff anonymously
is bad, a naughty thing to do, he had better own up and take his
punishment. He would have as much hope in that as the MCA had in
expecting him to resign after he said he would. There are
therefore no takes for his moral dilemmas. There are, of course,
in the MCA president's view, no moral dilemmas in peppering the
MCA lists with long time residents of Malaysia's cemetries.
But how Dr Ling addresses problems in the MCA reflects how
serious they are. He believes all he needs to do is to speak
from Olympian heights and all would be well. He is as isolated
from his flock as the Prime Minister from his, with this one
important difference: When Dr Mahathir wants Chinese support,
the last person he would seek advise from is the MCA president.
Not that that would save Dr Mahathir, but it shows how
poorly served the Malaysian government is with community leaders
in the government not being able to address the flock, or allow
open elections. They have all been in office for too long, are
out of touch, and believes their sole role is to remain in the
cabinet for as long as they can. The interests of the
communities they represent do not count.
So, when Dr Ling dares the ghost who filmed the fracas at
the MCA Youth AGM, he forgets one of the realities of modern
life. There are cinecameras at every meeting, filming the events
for what they hope is posterity, but in reality to show how
self-important to the community they represent are. Some are
officially appointed, many are just curious to test their new
cameras or to show the faithfully how important these meetings
The footage of one account of the fracas could have been
purloined, or it could have been shot by one of those present,
and it was put on VCD. Why should the perpetrator show himself
to be destroyed? The only question to ask, which Dr Ling does
not, is: did the events happen? If it did, why is he upset that
it is recorded for posterity?
Because all political parties do not allow a free flow of
exchange between members and leaders, and those who do are marked
men and women; one need not enumerate instances, which occur in
every political party, government and opposition. The parties
exist to honour its president as a demi-god, and incidentally, to
win general elections. So, those members who believe they are to
be active in politics must look for other creative ways.
PAS led the march here, distributing VCDs of their ceremahs
and talks in the hundreds of thousands to obviate the
restrictions put by the government on their activity. UMNO Youth
got a black eye when the PAS VCD record of its meeting with PAS
Youth hit the video stalls within days. It is this which has led
to the official ban on porno and political VCDs. The pornos were
targetted first, and then, as an aside, the political VCDs were
roped in. And now one to show how closely the MCA Youth delegate
follow the MIC rules of meeting.
Strangely, the MCA president has not done what others do
with alacrity: he has not reported the matter to the police.
Why? If it is as reprehensible as he implies it is, or lies,
the police must be subborned to waste their time investigating
the illegal distribution -- especially since it does not have
the censor's certificate as the law requires. So, what is
holding him from that step?
Could it be that the footage came from the official cameras,
and it was pressed into VCDs and distributed by the president's
men to show how unruly the MCA Youth are -- since the Youth
leader is not the president's man, but the deputy president's, he
must be an unruly fellow! -- but it backfired on him and
questioned his own stewardship. So, he talks from Mount Olympus,
or rather, Gunung Tahan, with intent to obfuscate. So, what else