As the factional tussle in MCA between supporters of both party president Ong Tee Keat and deputy president Dr Chua Soi Lek worsens, the party had turned a hopeless political organization with no effectiveness in serving the Malaysian Chinese community anymore.
Because of the MCA’s continuous infighting, Umno is taking advantage in monopolizing all the powers within the Barisan Nasional coalition, as leaders of MCA had no time to seek for a better bargaining power in the coalition.
Gerakan although a multi-racial party in name but a Chinese dominated one had its parliamentarians reduced in the last general elections. Gerakan was also wiped out from Penang because of its subservient nature to Umno. Thus, effectively demonstrating that the Malaysian Chinese interest and representation in the Barisan Nasional coalition has became irrelevant to the fact that the Malaysian Chinese community had already given up hope on the Barisan Nasional Chinese leaders. Most of them are widely seen as overly subservient to Umno who dominates the coalition with its tough racist policies of which the component parties had no rights to object to.
Therefore, it is up to DAP and PKR now to widen its representation in the Malaysian Chinese community. With its increased parliamentarians and state assemblymen in the last general elections, its proves that the Malaysian Chinese community had switched their support dramatically from Barisan Nasional to Pakatan Rakyat in ensuring that their rights are being looked into in every aspect.
But still, with the rising influences of the leaders from the DAP and PKR fold, Umno is seen to have intensify its racist onslaught on the two Pakatan Rakyat component parties by engineering coup d’etats, sexual scandal, and several inducements to incite defection over to the Barisan Nasional.
Umno’s aim was to destabilize the effective governance of the Pakatan Rakyat by injecting unnecessary challenges and politicking in the Pakatan Rakyat held states thus blaming the later in event of ineffective services to the people. This is in fact a clear sabotage carried out by Umno.
Although there are several disagreements on the way Umno handles its politicking, back door deals and undemocratic way of power seizure, the Barisan Nasional component parties like MCA, MIC, Gerakan and PPP could not do much to caution its dominant partner because their lack of parliamentarian representation had eroded their negotiating powers from within.
As such, there became useless like a lame duck as they could not seek a fair power sharing for themselves in order to speak for the communities that they claimed to be representing. Umno become more powerful and dominant, where those Barisan Nasional component parties had no other choice but to continue to be subservient to their dominant partner in order to survive.
So, in actual fact the Barisan Nasional doesn’t exist anymore. Its component parties like MCA, MIC, Gerakan and PPP are mere decorations or window dressing to show that it has a coalition but it is Umno who calls all the shots by its own ways and means. Its coalition partners would always say yes and agree to what Umno dictates.