MCA leadership has brought unprecedented shame and dishonour to Chinese community because its inability to categorically and unequivocally disprove allegations of triad infiltration and influence has led PAS Youth to call for root-and-branch police investigation of triad links in MCA
by Lim Kit Siang
(Petaling Jaya, Thursday): Two days ago, PAS Youth called on the police to re-investigate allegations of MCA having links with triads following the confirmation that an MCA branch leader is the reputed kingpin of the Sio Sam Ong (Three Little Emperors) triad, which is implicated with murder, dadah trafficking, kidnapping and robbery.
The MCA leadership has brought unprecedented shame and dishonour to the Chinese community because its inability to categorically and unequivocally disprove allegations of triad infiltration and influence has led PAS Youth to call for root-and-branch police investigation of triad links in MCA.
The new MCA President, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting should take decisive, effective and even pro-active action to convince Malaysians that the MCA leadership is unquestionably clean as far as triad links are concerned, as the last thing the Chinese community wants is to become the staple subject of the nation-wide PAS ceramahs and talks about the triad links, infiltration and influence of the Chinese political leadership in the Barisan Nasional ruling coalition, as it would cast a reflection on the Chinese community as a whole. Ka Ting cannot run away from this challenge by pretending that it does not exist or refusing to talk about it.
On Tuesday, the MCA Presidential Council suspended the membership of triad kingpin Ong King Ee, better known as “Jackie Chan”, who is chairman of MCA Gurney Drive Branch in Penang, pending the outcome of police investigations.
However, the MCA Presidential Council failed to realize that it was not Jackie Chan but the MCA leadership which was in the dock and the urgent need for it to decisively, effectively and convincingly satisfy public opinion that it is clean of triad involvement, infiltration and influence.
The police nation-wide and even international alert and manhunt involving Interpol on July 16 for a MCA branch chairman as a triad kingpin had re-opened and catapulted the issue of triad link, infiltration and influence in MCA to the centre-stage of national politics, reinforced by the following four factors:
For the first time in the 54-year history of MCA, triad links, involvement, infiltration and influence in MCA leadership circles – and indirectly the Barisan Nasional government of which it is the second biggest component party – has become its biggest image problem. In the past, MCA was ridiculed as “Money Counts All”. Now there are postings on the Internet lampooning MCA as “Malaysian Criminals Association”. What is even more serious, this new image problem of MCA has also threatened to become an image problem of the Chinese community, as MCA claims to represent the Chinese community, as illustrated by the PAS Youth call for root-and-branch investigation into the triad links of MCA
Ka Ting’s first biggest challenge as MCA President is whether he is prepared to take decisive, effective and pro-active action to categorically and unequivocally disprove all suspicions about triad links, involvement, infiltration and involvement in MCA by submitting himself and the MCA leadership to a full public commission of inquiry to clear the MCA and government of all triad links and influence.
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman