Karpal: Stop blaming Soi Lek alone for MCA’s poor GE13 performance

12 May

By Ida Lim

KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 — Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek found an unlikely friend in DAP chairman Karpal Singh today when the latter said the entire MCA leadership should share the blame in the party’s poor showing in Election 2013. 

Coming to Dr Chua’s defence, Karpal (picture) noted that it had not been easy for the “embattled and beleaguered” MCA president to have risen from his past scandal to lead a troubled party through the country’s toughest electoral battle yet. 

“Political vultures who are now hovering around him baying for his blood should realise [the] dismal performance of the MCA should not be brought to bear on the shoulders of Dr Chua alone. 

“The entire MCA leadership should be man enough to take the blame. 

“Had the MCA performed well in the elections, Dr Chua would have been hailed a hero by these very political vultures. Success has many fathers. Failure is a lonely orphan,” Karpal wrote in a statement today. 

Karpal pointed out that Dr Chua had publicly said that he will step down as party president after setting MCA in order and would not be seeking re-election as MCA president. 

Dr Chua had also kept to his word when saying that the party would not be taking government posts if it failed to improve its 2008 win of 15 federal seats and 32 state seats, Karpal observed. 

In the just-concluded Election 2013, the MCA had only managed to net seven parliamentary and 11 state seats, a significantly lower number than its previous performance. 

“He should be left alone to pick up the bits and pieces of his political life which is now in shatters for which he should not be made to take fully the blame. 

“A man in his plight should not be allowed to be exploited by his enemies,” the Bukit Gelugor MP said when making his case for Dr Chua to be given the chance to prepare MCA for the party elections. 

Earlier in his statement, Karpal said that Dr Chua had “tried his best to steer the MCA” from its dismal performance in Election 2008, noting that it was not an “easy task”. 

He also gave Dr Chua credit for rising from the “abyss” and winning the MCA presidency post despite a scandal involving a sex video. 

In late 2007, video copies of Dr Chua engaged in sex acts with his mistress were publicly circulated, leading to his resignation as health minister. 

He was also not fielded as a candidate in Election 2008, but made a political comeback in MCA, taking over in 2010 after a power struggle within the party. 

“I wish Dr Chua all the best and hope that he will be able to get up and get on with his life,” Karpal wrote in conclusion. 

Several MCA divisions and party elders had recently called for Dr Chua to immediately quit the MCA presidency, with the latter saying that this was necessary to allow new faces to be brought in and rejuvenate the Barisan Nasional (BN) component party. 

Former MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat had in an interview published by the New Sunday Times (NST) agreed that Dr Chua should be partly blamed for the party’s performance, but said that the Chinese-based party’s relevance was also an important issue for the public. 

“When we talk about the relevance of the party, as a component party of the ruling coalition, people would expect you to be proactive and effective, and not just on issues confronting a particular community,” Ong said. 

Ong had also raised the issue of the stigma that he said was haunting Dr Chua and MCA, making references to the sex video.

via http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/karpal-stop-blaming-soi-lek-alone-for-mcas-poor-ge13-performance/


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