Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Well Done MCA President.

The MCA presidency has been limited to three terms because a leader should be able to implement everything he has planned within that time, according to party president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.

“I will relinquish my post in 2012 even if I enjoy strong support. This is because I believe if one cannot fulfill one’s plans in a limited time one will still not be able to do it even if given him more time,” he said.

He said this would also go towards creating a healthy political environment in the party.

“This is why I limited the term of MPs, ministers and state executive councillors from the MCA. I have even limited the president's term, and I myself will be affected,” he added. (The Star)

**** Now that's music to my ears. At last a leader who has given himself a time frame within which to realize his plans and then to gracefully relinquish power to a new man or woman. A rare breed indeed in these days of overstaying your welcome. I remember a university mate who had this sticker on his dorm door - 'Visitors make us happy. Some by coming and some by leaving.' It's very applicable to political office as well. Those not desperate or greedy will exit on time and as if on cue. That is the hallmark of a truly great politician and leader - the impeccable timing.

We must remember that Datuk Seri Ong is only 49 years old (he'll turn fifty in November), practically 'teenage' in political years. He will be 56 when he retires if he keeps to his word. Just like a civil servant. What do those late sixties and early seventies gentlemen clinging on to power have to say about Ong's good example? Nothing, if you ask me. Better pretend that they haven't heard it and hope not many others have read or been told about it. "Pesky Ong Ka Ting, setting such a bad example. Hope the MCA idiots kick him out before 2012," they'd probably say in private.

Well I hope he stays and stays long, until 2012 and then set the tone for a more realistic time limit for senior politicians. A word of caution though. The MCA like all other political entities has its cabals and Machiavellian characters. Let us hope they allow him to stay long enough to set a good example.


Blogger Waris Tok Naga said...

This is not new. Wonder why he mentioned it now, a hint maybe to those in the coalition?

6:49 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Odysseus said...

Didn't they announce this long time ago.... refreshing our thoughts?

7:36 PM GMT+8  
Blogger The Malaysian. said...

It was a bit of deja vu for me too. If it is a gentle reminder or meant as a refresher then it's very diplomatically done. All said I think he means well and is serious about relinquishing power come 2012.

8:18 PM GMT+8  
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