|Wednesday, 25 May 2011 18:36|
Following the big Chinese vote swing in the Sarawak state election which has helped the DAP gain huge momentum leading to the 13th General Election (GE13), Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Najib Razak warned Chinese voters that they are risking their right to have Chinese representatives in the government in the next term. Najib’s message was aggrandized by MCA president Chua Soi Lek who had announced that MCA will not accept any position in the government should the party underperform in the upcoming GE13.
It is obvious that the statements by Najib and Chua were meant to restore the confidence of Chinese voters towards BN. However, both proved to be counterproductive as by making such remarks, the two BN leaders have only made their Pakatan Rakyat rivals look better. The remarks only confirmed that BN is getting more and more jittery over the fact that a growing number of Chinese Malaysians are turning against BN as we could see in the recent Sarawak election and past by-elections hence something drastic needs to be done.
Chua’s daring announcement was supposed to be a signal to Chinese voters that MCA will be rolling up their sleeves to ensure that Chinese reps have a place in the Cabinet. However, most see it more of a threat now that the Chinese are left with a predicament: vote for MCA or you’ll be left with no voice in the Cabinet. The same goes for Najib’s statement. Now the Chinese are forced to be more obliged to vote for MCA or else there will no longer be Chinese ministers in the Cabinet. This also has given rise to the question of whether we need to have Chinese representatives in the government for their voice to be heard.
*The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the writer.