When I read the recent news that the President of MCA, Chua Soi Lek, has been appointed the Chairman of Penang Port Commission, I just couldn't help telling myself of how low the party, especially the president post, has fallen in the eyes of UMNO. In the beginning, the president of MCA held the strategic and all powerful post of Minister of Finance in the government. After 1974, it was relegated to a minister of a nondescript ministries such as housing and transport. Now in 2010, it has been further relegated to head a state agency?? Chua Soi Lek should have done the honourable and dignified thing by rejecting the offer, but no, for him, this is one opportunity to good to pass. I guess to head a GLC would also be fine with him if he was appointed to one later on. Undoubtedly, this is one tight slap on MCA's face, but then this cannot be worse then having your president who had been involved in questionable activities that brought shame to his family and community.
The question here lies, if our first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, could recognise the importance of MCA and appointed the late Tun Tan Siew Sin, to head the Finance ministry, why wasn't the same recognition accorded to Chua Soi Lek? Well, your guess is as good as mine.
Now that Chua Soi Lek has been appointed Chairman of Penang Port Commission, another question springs forth. Will it become another PKFZ fiasco?
Like Chubby Checker sang in his song, "Limbo Rock" , how low can you go?