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Najib to MCA: We need political Viagra

 | December 21, 2013

PM says Chinese-based party has the numbers and potential to succeed, but lacks spirit .

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KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak said  today that MCA has the numbers and potential to champion the Chinese community, but lacks the spirit to succeed.

“You have the members, you have the people. The flesh is there but the spirit is weak,” Najib told delegates during the 60th MCA Annual General Assembly here.

“We need political Viagra. Our spirit on the ground is weak,” he added, prompting laughter from the crowd.

The premier urged MCA’s new leadership and members to reinvigorate and resuscitate the party, which suffered devastating losses during the May general election.

“It would all depend on hard work. If MCA is willing to work hard day and night, then God willing, MCA will revive as a choice party for the Chinese community,” he said.

In his speech, Najib proposed four approaches to reinvent MCA as a choice party for the people. Along with “reinvigorate and resuscitate”, the BN chairman said it was crucial for the party to ”reunite”, “restrategise” and “reestablish”.

“MCA must reunite after the assembly. They must emerge as a cohesive and united party. Those who win must be magnanimous in victory, and those who lose must be gracious in loss,” he said.

He added that there should not be bitterness during the new party leadership elections today, and that delegates should consider the contest as a competition within family.

“This is of course, easier said than done. But MCA will lose its influence if it continues its infighting. We must view this as the last fall of MCA,” he said.

“This is no longer a wake up call. If you’ve not woken up by now, it is too late. That is why I describe this assembly as a watershed meeting,” he added, explaining that the assembly this year would determine MCA’s future in Malaysian politics.

Najib reminded MCA leaders that positions in the party was less important than cementing support from the people.

“The mission is not to be the president of Umno, MCA, or MIC… the mission is to form a strong BN government to achieve continuing success,” he said.

“Our vision is to become a country that is more modern and progressive, one that is united and respected by peers.

“This will only be realised when the chosen leadership is one that is favoured by the people. This would start with a united MCA,” he added.

BN component parties must respect each other

The Umno president then urged MCA members to have confidence in “BN’s power sharing formula”, which he described as “the best formula for the people”.

“In a wider context, the cooperation between all races must be what we continue to hold on to,” he said, adding that lack of unity would be ”worrying for the future of the country”.

“We should not say or do things to hurt each other. We can continue to demand, but we must make sure all demands are made in the context of the spirit and principles of the constitution.”

Najib then said that Umno should also stop proposing measures that would offend or belittle the Chinese community, an acknowledgment which prompted strong cheers from the audience.

“This is not rocket science. If we want to preserve the unity between all races, we cannot hurt each other,” he lamented.

“This is the advantage of BN. We can give contrasting views, and openly debate the best possible solutions,” he added.

The prime minister then expressed his gratitude to MCA, which he credits as contributing significantly in national policies.

“I am aware the Opposition are saying MCA is not doing any work. However, I am confident the partnership between Umno, MCA and other parties under BN’s umbrella is the best.

When met later, Chua said that the “political Viagra” term is a good analogy if it is interpreted in the right way.

“If you see it in a horny way, then the meaning would be different. Our grassroots have suffered two electoral setbacks, they feel discouraged.

“You don’t ask me how we should take the political Viagra. That one you need to ask the prime minister,” he told a media conference.

Meanwhile, Chua said that he would accept the outcome of the party elections with an open heart, regardless who wins it.

He also criticised ‘ a certain leader’ for resigning her post after he was elected in 2010, saying that this leader had placed her self-interest and personal vendetta above the party.

Although he did not mention any name, Chua was implying vice presidential hopeful, Chew Mei Fun, who quit as Wanita MCA chief soon after the former was elected as party president.


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