The true colours of MCA

The true colors of MCA 

Someone hides behind an anonymous name (Lovely Jin) accusing me for misleading the public about the “great” history of MCA ( Malaysiakini). 

The writer shows a serious lack of knowledge and understanding of the role of MCA in the pre-Independence era. 

Not only MCA was a political tool of the British colonial power, other Alliance parties like Umno and MIC were also political tools of the British. The British made use of MCA, Umno and MIC to fight the Malay Left  and Malayan Communist Party in order to protect its economic interests in the then Malaya. 

The million-dollar lottery owned and operated by MCA in the pre-Independence era was granted specially by the British colonial “master”. All winners of lottery must join MCA as a member. As a deal, MCA must spend some of the profits from running the lottery on the Chinese living in the new villages (under the Briggs’ plan). MCA losts the lottery concession shortly after Merdeka under the pressure of Umno. It was replaced by the state-run Welfare Lottery for some years before the former PM Tun Dr Mahathir given the exclusive right away to businessman Ananda Krishnan. Ananda changed the name of the lottery to “Big Sweeps”.

The Chinese were confined to various Chinese New Villages under the Briggs’ plan to curb the influence of the MCP. MCA was then granted a license to run the Million Dollar lottery by the British authority to make easy money from the Chinese community. As a deal, MCA must use part of the profit to win the hearts of the Chinese in the new villagers. This strategy worked well to serve the interest of the British master during the pre-Independence days. 

When the time has come to give Independence to Malaya, the British kept its promise by working only with Umno, MCA and MIC. On the other hand, the real independence fighters including some prominent  Malay Left leaders were arrested and locked up in prisons. And the war against the MCP continued with greater intensity.  But true leader like Tan Cheng Lock was sidelined by other MCA and Umno leaders in the run up to the Independence negotiations. Tan Cheng Lock has promised the Chinese community to present the General Demands of the Chinese Community to the British. When his intention was known, he was barred from attending the final round of talks in London.  The MCA was instead represented by traitors like H.S. Lee and Tahir Tan Tong Hai.  According to the late Tunku Abdul Rahman ( in one of his writings), Tan Tong Hai threw the entire General Demands document into a waste paper basket in the London hotel room instead of bringing it up to the negotiation table! That’s the reason why I often tell the young people that the betrayal of MCA could be traced back to its inception. As a result of this unforgivable sell-out, Malaysian Chinese were treated like second class citizens in our land. The Chinese were now stuck with the “Non-Bumiputra” label thanks to MCA. It was people like Leong Yew Koh who instigated Tunku to strip the citizenship and teaching license of the foremost Chinese education pioneer Lim Lian Geok. Check with Cikgu Loot Ting Yee. He is one of the mother tongue education pioneers who could testify my story. 

The entire history of MCA is filled with betrayals, crimes and sins. They have failed to preserve and protect the interest and rights of the Chinese community which they have claimed to represent.  Take a closer look at these scandals; deposit-taking-cooperative scandals, Chang Min Thien Fund scandal, Aik Hua Holdings scandal, MCA JE Fund scandal… it’s a never-ending list. And guess what; most of the victims of these scandals were MCA members and supporters. Mind you, it was MCA that instigated the closure of the original Bai Xiao (SJKC Damansara ) in Petaling Jaya. It was also the efforts of SOS Damansara Action Committee and the pressure mounted by DAP, DongJiaoZong and the entire Chinese community that brought about the unprecedented speedy construction of the new SJKC Damansara in Tropicana.  It’s a great shame that MCA leaders do not even bother to get accreditation for the certificates, diplomas and degree courses offered by TAR College. Recently, a young Malaysian Chinese boy’s application was rejected by the PDRM simply because the academic qualifications he obtained from the MCA sponsored TARC were not recognized by both Public Service Department and National Accreditation Board.    Under the current MCA leadership, the Chinese community can only request for a new Chinese primary school when one was “dead”. And all these years, the allocation of fund to the Chinese primary schools remains unfair and unjust; only about 2.4% of the total budget was given to the Chinese stream and about 1% given to the Tamil stream. The rest was all given to the Malay (National) primary schools. None of the MCA “taikohs” (mainly Chinese educated) dare to make noise on this subject. 

Yes, Lee Kuan Yew was not totally wrong. The Umno-led BN government has been systematically marginalized the Chinese and other Non-Malay communities. And what did MCA leaders like Ong Ka Ting and Chan Kong Choy do about it? And why were they keeping so timidly quite when Umno ultras like Hishammuddin Hussein and Khairy Jamaluddin making all sorts of racist remarks and even waved the Malay keris time and again shamelessly?   

MCA is indefensible. That’s why none of the MCA leaders dare to show up for the debate in Machap. And for the same reason, none of them have the courage to rebut me on all those historical facts I raised in my book entitled “ Coward? Culprit? Accomplice? The role of MCA in the Chinese Community.”  

Ronnie Liu. Monday, April 16, 2007 

14 Responses to “The true colours of MCA”

  1. pamelaoda Says:

    Well said! I am totally clueless that these things took place. Every now and then I am very concerned that history may change gradually to fix into the mighty malay egos hence I really do hope if you could also input more ie may 13 etc..to us, viewers that are too young to know and by time we want to know, you cant find it in the history book!

    Once again thank you! Nevertheless, I have never trusted MCA before is just that I didnt realised they are so SUCKs!

  2. Salute Says:

    MCA is a parasite party since birth.

    First depend on British colonial shit to survive and after the country Idependent they depend on UMNO shit to survive.

  3. GoofyChinese Says:

    Thanks for the history of MCA. As far as I know…MCA has sold the Chinese rights from day one. Worse is that they even cheats and feed on poor chinese money. I hope the Chinese voters willwake up in the next GE. If they continue to voter for BN…they have themselves to blame for the poor states their offsprings is living in in the future.

  4. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    MCA history: DAP misleading public
    Lovely Jin
    Apr 10, 07 2:01pm

    Shame on Ronnie Liu to even suggest MCA started off as a political tool of British power. Ronnie Lie is trying to twist MCA’s history by writing off the real facts of the founding of MCA and Malaya’s road to independence.
    Tan Cheng Lock was always greatly concerned with the welfare of the Chinese in Malaya. He affirmed that all Chinese and Malays should be given equal rights and privileges enjoyed by the Europeans. Would a Chinese political tool to his British masters dare to speak up against the British in fighting for independence and equal rights? During his term as a member of the Straits Settlement Council by the British government, he voiced out his protest against the colonial government over the ill-treatment of the Chinese.

    Would Malaya have achieved independence if not for the cooperation of MCA with Umno and MIC? After Cheng Lock passed away, Tunku Abdul Rahman eulogised in Parliament on Dec 20, 1960 that ‘… without his (Cheng Lock’s) patriotic support in those early days, I might say here that my mission for independence could not have been achieved except probably at great loss in life and property’.

    Who is Ronnie Liu trying to kid? When the so-called Independent candidate Ng Chee Pang submitted his nomination for the Batu Talam by-election recently in January, everyone could see through the puppet show whereby Chee Pang was the political tool of the DAP. Witnesses spotted Liu at the Batu Talam nomination centre too.

    What is the ulterior motive of Liu in completely twisting the background of the Social Welfare Lottery programme and the resettlement to new villages? MCA was never out to make ‘easy money’ as Liu puts it.

    Following the declaration of the Emergency Act in 1948, many Chinese Malayans endured much suffering and hardship. The British expelled many Chinese from Malaya, a place where some had stayed for several generations. All their assets and properties were confiscated or burnt by the British. It was in these deplorable and chronic situation that Cheng Lock called for a meeting with the various Chinese organisations urging them to give their support to form the Malayan Chinese Association.

    When MCA was formed in 1949, it was not a political party but a welfare organisation to look into the plight of Malayan Chinese who had become innocent victims of the communist insurgency. MCA intervened to prevent the British from repatriating some 500,000 Chinese settlers back to China. MCA helped resettle the Chinese into new villages by launching the Social Welfare Lottery in 1950.

    Funds raised from the lottery were utilised to help poor Chinese build homes and to provide them with food, medication and other financial aid in the new villages. Additionally, other infrastructure facilities such as water supply, mobile clinics, Chinese primary schools, community halls and libraries were also gradually set up in those localities.

    It was not a ‘quid pro quo’ between the MCA and the British as Liu alleges but a genuine undertaking and labourious effort to improve living conditions of new village settlers.

    Liu accuses HS Lee and Leong Yew Koh of selling out on our rights and interests but does not detail how. All we hear are just endless complaints. The rights of every rakyat Malaysia are contained in the Federal Constitution. Articles in the Federal Constitution are very balanced, without favouring one race over another. Article 153(7) of the Federal Constitution clearly states that the special position of the Malays shall not operate to deprive the rights and privileges of any persons.

    Liu also accuses MCA of not defending our right to mother-tongue education. The MCA has never sold out on the rights of Malaysians to attend Chinese schools. Till today, parents may send their children to Chinese primary schools. In an address at the general assembly of Chinese School Teachers and Chinese School Boards in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 4,1971, Tan Siew Sin gave the assurance that the future of Chinese education in Malaysia was guaranteed under the Federal Constitution and ‘… there should be no doubt about the future of Chinese education in this country. This is guaranteed under the Federal Constitution’.

    In conditions paving the way for Independence, Tunku Abdul Rahman in 1955 laid out to the British Secretary of State for the Colonies Alan Lennox Boyd that ‘… in respect of education … the Chinese and Indians insisted on having their own schools and this should be allowed’. Tunku’s recollection clearly indicated that Chinese schools would remain as part of Malaysia’s education landscape.

    Liu pathetically tries to spark acrimony between Tan Siok Choo (grand-daughter of Cheng Lock) and Ooi Kee Beng by stirring up their public exchanges. However, Kee Beng has acknowledged that the word ‘founder when referring to the MCA is used by some in a highly-specified manner to mean that Cheng Lock was the only founder and that other figures were among Malayan Chinese who provided the organising energy that helped Cheng Lock to get the political party off the ground.’

    Shame on Liu for sinking to the lowest level of politicking by distorting historical facts and undermining the entire efforts and contributions of MCA in the early days. Why is he slandering Cheng Lock and other notable figures in MCA history who had toiled so much to give our country independence and to improve the lives of new village settlers? His attacks have become very personal, completely devoid of accuracy.

  5. laluttefinale Says:

    Nice blog!

  6. sampalee Says:

    Please increase readership to this blog by telling all your friends and relatives and anyone who is prepared to listen.This is a positive way to respond to such a good blog.

  7. KSTan Says:

    Lovely Jin ….. yet another senseless defender of the MCA.

    Regardless of MCA, I think somehow Malaysia would still have obtain her independence. If MCA was not chosen to be in the Perikatan, I’m sure Tunku would have chosen another Chinese dominated political party. MCA is not indispensable and I’m sure PJ voters, especially the Chinese voters will show this in the coming GE, hopefully.

  8. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    “The president enjoys an image as an honest, fair and straightforward leader. He now has to ensure that the image is reflected down the line and that may depend on the line-up of candidates in the coming general election,” said Rita Sim, deputy chairman of the MCA think-tank, Insap. (Jocelyn Tan, The Star 15 April 2007)

    So, is OKT an honest, fair and straightforward leader?

    To this, my friend Kash told me that he calls him ” Ong Kata Nothing” because he says nothing. He did not bother to comment whether this chap is honest or otherwise.What do you say?

  9. Durian Guy Says:

    Good alternative source of information – True colours of MCA. Well, there’s always 2 sides of the coin. You’ll probably defend or oppose depending which side you are.

    For me, i’m living in the present Malaysia and i’m longing for the realisation of “Bangsa Malaysia”. The Bangsa Malaysia have been uttered many times by the gundu’s for their political mileage.

    What is MCA doing to realise this & when can we all proudly celebrate this?

  10. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    The true colors of MCA
    Ronnie Liu
    Apr 19, 07 1:51pm Adjust font size:

    Someone hides behind an anonymous name to criticise me for misleading the public on the history of MCA. The writer shows a serious lack of knowledge and understanding of the role of MCA in the pre-Independence era. Not only was MCA was a political tool of the British colonial power, other Alliance parties like Umno and MIC were also political tools of the British.

    The British made use of MCA, Umno and MIC to fight the Malay Left and the Malayan Communist Party in order to protect its economic interests in the then Malaya. The Chinese were confined to various Chinese new villages under the Briggs’ plan to curb the influence of the communist party. MCA was then granted a licence to run the million-dollar lottery scheme by the British authority to make easy money from the Chinese community. In return, the MCA had to use part of the profit to win the hearts of the Chinese in the new villages. This strategy worked well to serve the interests of the British master during the pre-Independence days.

    When the time has come to give independence to Malaya, the British kept its promise by working only with Umno, MCA and MIC. On the other hand, the real independence fighters, including some prominent Malay Left leaders, were arrested and locked up in prisons. And the war against the MCP continued with greater intensity.

    But true leader like Tan Cheng Lock were sidelined by other MCA and Umno leaders in the run up to the independence negotiations. Cheng Lock had promised the Chinese community to present the general demands of the Chinese community to the British. But he was barred from attending the final round of talks in London. The MCA was represented by HS Lee and Tahir Tan Tong Hai.

    According to the late Tunku Abdul Rahman (in one of his writings), Tan Tong Hai threw the entire general demands document into a wastepaper basket in a London hotel room instead of bringing it up at the negotiation table. That’s the reason why I often tell the young people that the betrayal of MCA could be traced back to its inception. As a result of this unforgivable sell-out, Chinese Malaysians were treated like second-class citizens in our land. The Chinese were stuck with the ‘non-bumiputera’ label thanks to MCA.

    It’s people like Leong Yew Koh who instigated Tunku to strip the citizenship and teaching licence of foremost Chinese education pioneer Lim Lian Geok. Check with Loot Ting Yee. He is one of the mother-tongue education pioneers who can verify my story. The entire history of MCA is filled with betrayals, crimes and sins. They have failed to preserve and protect the interests and rights of the Chinese community which they have claimed to represent.

    Take a closer look at these scandals – the deposit-taking-cooperative scandal, the Chang Min Thien Fund scandal, the Aik Hua Holdings scandal, the MCA JE Fund scandal, it’s a never-ending list. And guess what? Most of the victims of these scandals were MCA members and supporters. Mind you, it was MCA leaders that instigated the closure of the original Bai Xiao (SJKC Damansara ) in Petaling Jaya. It was also the efforts of SOS Damansara Action Committee and the pressure mounted by DAP, DongJiaoZong and the entire Chinese commu/nity that brought about the unprecedented speedy construction of the new SJKC Damansara in Tropicana.

    It’s a great shame that MCA leaders do not even bother to get accreditation for the certificates, diplomas and degree courses offered by TAR College (TARC). Recently, a young Chinese Malaysian boy’s application was rejected by the Royal Malaysian Police simply because the academic qualifications he obtained from the MCA-sponsored TARC were not recognised by both Public Service Department and National Accreditation Board.

    Under the current MCA leadership, the Chinese community can only request for a new Chinese primary school when one is ‘dead’. And all these years, the allocation of funds for Chinese primary schools remains unfair and unjust; only about 2.4% of the total budget is given to the Chinese stream and about 1% given to the Tamil stream. The rest was all given to the Malay (national-type) primary schools. None of the MCA ‘tai kohs’ (mainly Chinese-educated) dare to make noise on this subject.

    Yes, Lee Kuan Yew was not totally wrong. The Umno-led BN government has been systematically marginalising the Chinese and other non-Malay communities. And what did MCA leaders like Ong Ka Ting and Chan Kong Choy do about it? And why were they keeping so timidly quiet when Umno ultras like Hishammuddin Hussein Onn and Khairy Jamaluddin make all sorts of racist remarks and even waved a keris time and again shamelessly?

    The MCA cannot be defended. That’s why none of the MCA leaders dared to show up for a debate with us at Machap. And for the same reason, none of them have the courage to rebut me on all the historical facts I raised in my book entitled Coward? Culprit? Accomplice? The role of MCA in the Chinese Community.

    The writer is a member of DAP’s central executive committee.

  11. the Silo Says:

    […] life, judging by losers like this “Lovely Jin” (that’s right, the Lovely Jin, who had a spat with Ronnie Liu on Malaysiakini not too long ago). How lazy can you get? Blatant outright lying like that is so […]

  12. jun Says:

    sigh!

  13. efy Says:

    do u chinese hate malays??
    i do have respect to indian n chinese.. i always believe that we Malaysian regardless of what races, should live in harmony,but please don’t deny the right of d Malays.. it’s my great2 ancestors who developed this Malay land, so what’s wrong with the fact tt d Malay shul be given a special right.. specially in terms of the land ownership

    but i do understand tt not all chinese people are rich, some are poor.. that’s y i do not agree with the governemt’s policies in respect of purchasing houses whereby the Bumis will get a discount while d non-bumis r not.. i think the policy shul be: a discount shul be given to those in need aka the poor or the unable specially d indians..most of them r poor (some r rich though but never bother to help their pple..wat a shame).. well unlike the chinese community, the rich will always lend their hand to help their pple..

    to all the RAKYAT here in Malysia..y do we have to have this ill-feelin towards each other?? what makin me sad, when the we’r moving towards d idea of Malaysian Malaysia, but y on earth d indian n chinese r stil upholding the concept of SJK(C) & SJK(T)?? even when i was a child i used to ask my mom, y do we have 3 kind of schools?? y can’t we jus hev 1 school where all of us mix together coz by having these 3 schools, of course there’ll be gap between us… and all she cul answer was..that was how d system works here, they (chinese & indian) 1 to preserve their culture & d govt shul respect it.. even agreed in history.. so sad..

    but i’m glad tt my school consistd of many races n always glad to share our “bekal” together.. please stop cursing on Malay as ‘bodoh’.. i know tt UMNO today has been stupidly playin wh the racial issues, but d same also goes to other political parties here in malaysia.. both parties just wana get RAKYAT’s votes… huh..

    p/s: i may write out of topic but can’t help myself.. btw, nice blog..

  14. sims social Says:

    sims social…

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