Sunday, January 22, 2017

MCA Have Been Eyeing the Deputy PM Post

Former PM Mahathir Mohamad had first erroneously claimed that the DAP had wanted the post of deputy prime minister.
 
Of course, he later retracted it and then clarified yesterday it was the MCA who eyed the post. He pointed out that MCA deputy secretary-general Loke Yuen Yow, who was also deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, made the request in 2009.
 
In his posting, Mahathir also attached a report from the Information Department that had highlighted a request by Loke to Prime Minister Najib Razak. Loke gave two reasons: One, to realize the concept of power sharing, and two, to show that the government places importance on the role and contributions of the Chinese community towards the process of nation-building.
 
Malay Mail Online reported yesterday that MCA admitted to this – the MCA rep who is a central committee member even defended his party's past request for a deputy prime minister post. Strangely, this particular news report has now mysteriously “disappeared”.
 
Today, PM Najib Razak strenuously denied that MCA had ever made the said request as claimed by Mahathir.
 
The prime minister said throughout his tenure as the country’s No. 1 leader, never once did the BN component party asked to be given the number two post and the post of finance minister.
 
He continued: “I deny and I ask MCA to also deny. MCA (have) three ministerial posts and they are thankful”.
 
Three versions in two days. Who to believe?
 
It is interesting though that Najib reaffirmed that MCA are happy to receive crumbs (i.e. three ministerial posts) from UMNO.
 
Please understand that I am not blaming UMNO – why should they give more to MCA who are most undeserving in the first place?

In fact, the latter should be grateful UMNO are generous with the nibbles.
 
Many other mosquito parties are queuing up just to get their itsy-bitsy share: MIC, myPPP, Gerakan, SUPP, PBRS, UPKO, and others. 
 
On Saturday, Liverpool lost to Swansea City 2-3. I don't even want to talk about it. And Jurgen Klopp must surely be damn upset.
 
The sore point is that the Reds had 74% possession. Enough said.

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