The demise of the
fastest-rising star in the MCA political firmament – was he the victim of a
by Lim Kit Siang
When I told Datuk Seri Dr. Chua
Soi Lek at the National Christmas Day Open House in Kota Kinabalu last
Saturday, informing him that I had to leave early because my sister, Kit
Hwa, 82, had passed away in our mutual hometown Batu Pahat, none of us
knew that would be our last encounter as political leaders – or that in
the next four days, he would be at the vortex of a political maelstrom
ending with the demise of the fastest-rising star in the MCA political
Chua’s announcement of resignation as Health Minister, Labis Member of
Parliament, head of Johore State MCA and Batu Pahat MCA Division 24 hours
after admitting that “I’m the man in the sex video” but declaring that he
had no intention of quitting his government and party posts has come as no
surprise to astute political observers.
This is because after Chua’s Labis statement admitting that he was the man
in the sex DVD, he had unleashed political forces in the MCA and UMNO
which have made it completely untenable for him to retain his government
and party posts.
Many questions surround the sudden demise of Chua Soi Lek as the
fastest-rising star in recent MCA history, as he appeared to be quite
unstoppable until he captures the top prize in the MCA as its President
despite many powerful obstacles in his path.
Two immediate questions about the sudden demise of the MCA comet are whether
Chua had been the victim of a double betrayal.
The first betrayal was the very orchestrated and professional manner in
the surfacing of the video DVD. Who was behind it? All fingers point to
his political enemies from within the MCA.
The second betrayal was whether he had been misled into believing that his
admission in his Labis statement would suffice, and he could continue to
keep his government and party posts, when in fact; his Labis statement
would be the basis to force him to relinquish his government and party
posts – as has now happened.
These questions would dominate any debate or discussion of the sudden
demise of Chua Soi Lek in the annals of Malaysian politics.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman