Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A big mess

It is getting very messy. The president is now fighting two deputy presidents - one was a vice-president who was elevated to the deputy presidency by the party's central committee while the other was the deputy who was sacked, then suspended and then reinstated as a member and is now seeking clarification from the Registrar of Societies on whether he is still the deputy president.
The majority of the central committee members seem to have revolted against the president who is still insisting on calling for another EGM to press for fresh party polls.
The president is also playing the role of the betrayed leader and has pointed accusing fingers at his former comrades, especially the vice-president who is now the deputy, for stabbing him in the back.
The legal bureau chief was also sacked even as websites and now mainstream newspapers started reporting allegations about the new deputy president's wife getting an expensive vehicle as a birthday present from a company that has won contracts from the new deputy president's ministry.
Not only is it getting messy, it is getting dirty too.
More dirt is expected to be dug up and thrown around.
The president seems to be digging in for a war of attrition which may prolong his reign, but the damage will be great. He also seems to be resorting to the scorched earth strategy and is aiming to slash and burn any foe or ex-comrade who stands in his way.
While the party is burning, the Chinese community are watching the bonfire somewhat nonchalantly - they have seen it all before.
The party has a history of embarking on long and taxing leadership battles which sap the energy and resources of the combatants and the attention span of the people.
After being bandaged and black-eyed, the Chinese politicians will invariably end up listening to the advice (or threats) of Malay politicians and declare a truce.
After a period of peace during which the politicians will work towards reconciliation and rejuvenation, they will start fighting again.
Such is the lot of the Malaysian Chinese community and its leaders. Now we know where script writers of successful Chinese TV serials get their inspiration from.

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