Shape up or ship out.That should have been the clear message to both MCA and MIC if UMNO do not want to be left high and dry in the 13th General Elections.Both parties have become liabilities to the BN.
The leadership crisis in MCA, resolved or not, is not going to make any different, they have lost the entire Chinese support.No amount of political gimmickry could help bring back the Chinese votes to BN.
Unless some form of miracle happened that changed the political scenario both MCA and MIC are just debris floating in the vast ocean of uncertainty.
Instead of making amends to the harm they have caused in the last elections they are more concerned about status and self-glorification, a leadership tussle that should have been avoided at this critical stage of the party political existence. It shows the selfishness of the leaders, motivated only by personal gains, rather than looking after the interests of their community.Just as well they are rejected by their own people.In the world of dog eat dog the weak must die.
Those in UMNO are kidding themselves if they think these two lame ducks can be of any help to bring back the Chinese and Indian votes, which is critical in all racially-mixed constituencies.Even in Malay majority areas UMNO may have problems winning because of the runaway Chinese and Indian votes, gone in favour of Pakatan.DAP has become the strongest voice in Pakatan Rakyat.
The Chinese and Indians have now realised what's the end product of the power of unity. They can now play king maker and power broker, a role they never had before, not even in their wildest dream. Penang, Perak and Selangor are examples of the united stand taken by the Chinese and Indians to reject the BN and vote the oppositions en bloc. Without their votes PAS and PKR wouldn't have a chance to rule these states.Record shows that in all three states UMNO still have strong showing, they are brought down by the poor showing of MCA and MIC. If the Chinese and Indians votes have stayed with the BN the split in the Malay votes would become insignificant.
Unless the present leaders in both parties disappear from the scene there is very little likelihood that they can recover.Even with infusion of new blood there is no guarantee that the situation would change.
UMNO should now face the reality that they would have to do without MCA and MIC.Their best bet is UMNO in Peninsula Malaysia, so they can concentrate on the Malay votes only and BN in Sabah and Sarawak.
Bagan Pinang will be most crucial for UMNO, the loss of which would be the bearer of more bad news for the BN.
For UMNO,in Bagan Pinang, it's do or die.