Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties will be equally represented should the ruling coalition change its current decision-making system to a simple majority vote, Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said yesterday.
“Right now I am proposing that we no longer have a consensus (system). (Because) even if we use the consensus system, the opposition will say one thing, the press will say another thing, so it’s better if we change it to (a) simple majority instead.”
“The simple majority system will not jeapordise any parties as all parties will have three representatives…eventhough Umno is the biggest party (in BN), Umno will only have three representatives,” he stressed.
Tengku Adnan’s proposal is a response to bypass MIC to admit Indian Progressive Front (IPF) into the Barisan Nasional coalition. It is public knowledge that MIC has on many occasions exercise its veto power (in a consensus system) to deny any Indian party to join the Barisan Nasional. However by changing from a consensus system to an equal representation system, MIC voice in the Barisan Nasional will not carry any more weight so long as seven out of the thirteen BN component parties agree to admit IPF into BN.
This will spark a crisis in the country where UMNO is able to team up with another 6 component parties to implement more race base policies, push through its cultural assimilation agenda and enhance the domination of one race.
In the Allah appeal case, the country’s education policy, scholarship awards and the implementation of Bumiputera Economic Empowerment agenda, UMNO has managed to bulldoze all these decisions and implement them as the Barisan Nasional policy despite MCA, Gerakan and MIC having the veto power.
By changing BN decision making process from a consensus system to an equal representation system, not only will MCA, Gerakan and MIC lose their veto power but they will definitely lose out when a communal issue is put to vote. It will be the first time in 56 years of nation building that Chinese and Tamil Primary schools would be at risk of shut down. UMNO will reignite the suggestion of implementing the Abdul Rahman Talib Report, which is the cornerstone of UMNO’s ultimate agenda for the past fifty over years to realize a “One Nation, One language, One school, One culture” Malaysia.
All three MCA presidential candidates talk about the reaffirmation of the MCA’s standing and power in BN. These will be reduced to empty talk once the equal representation system is implemented in the BN decision making process.
Equal representation in BN will degrade MCA, Gerakan and MIC from a political servant to political slave. MCA, Gerakan and MIC must immediately make a firm and crystal clear stand if they agree to this change in BN decision making process.
Media Statement by Chong Zhemin, DAP Perak Economic Development Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to Taiping MP on 18th Dec 2013