It was a privilege to attend a closed door meeting with MCA president, Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek.
Being about 15 minutes late in what I would describe as a Q and A session, what was asked and answered of the MCA president before I arrived, obviously I have no knowledge.
That said, I will agree with most of what was written by blogger OutSyed The Box in his article, "Morning Tea With Dr Chua Soi Lek" is a fair account of matters elaborated.
My personal opinion and first hand impression of Datuk Seri Chua is, a passionate politician with sincere concerns for his party and country for the impending general elections. Datuk Seri Chua is combatively confident of an improved showing by both the party and the coalition despite the many challenges faced by and as MCA party president.
The subject of my article, however, is that The Malaysian Insider had picked up OutSyed The Box'es article and chose to focus more on ex-party president, Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, with "Tee Keat may jump ship with hung Parliament, Soi Lek claims".
Being a known opposition leaning online news portal, it came as no surprise TMI would play up the issue of Datuk Seri Chua's opinion of Datuk Seri Ong. Especially so on the subject the MP for Pandan jumping ship in the event of a hung parliament, rather than the issues raised by Datuk Seri Chua that needed to be addressed for a more convicing BN victory.
What I clearly remember and can say for sure is that the issue of whether Datuk Seri Ong would jump ship was by way of a rhetoric question, with Datuk Seri Chua asking those present - would he or wouldn't he jump ship if BN were to find itself in that particular situation.
All I can definitely say is that no one answered but most of us had broad smile as an answer.
I cannot speak for the rest but I will say mine was in the affirmative.
That TMI chose to focus on Datuk Seri Ong and so will I, to provide reasons why I believe Ong is capable of deserting MCA for more fertile ground in the event of a close election result.
Many, as I would, recall that it was none other than Datuk Seri Ong who threatened to leave Barisan Nasional.
While Datuk Seri Chua saw the threat as nothing more than a party election ploy during a contentious period of the MCA, Ong took the threat so far as to put a poll on his website asking if the party should pull out of the Barisan Nasional.
I saw this as a person who was willing to severe ties with a senior partner of a coalition with the strongest of historical ties, a tie that resulted in the independence of our nation, more for personal gain and nothing else.
Those were tumultuous times in the MCA, which Chua Soi Lek would come out from the political wilderness to become MCA president, beating two former presidents Tee Kiat and Ka Ting in the MCA presidential election.
Tee Kiat's selfish attribute is further supported when he is on record to unequivocally state he would stand as an independent candidate or set up a new party in the event that he should be dropped from contesting in the next general election. Although Ong denied he would not be joining Pakatan Rakyat, any political observer worth his salt will tell you such an action would benefit the opposition in split votes. More detrimental to the BN being the incumbent party holding the seat.
Ong was alleged to have had meetings with Teresa Kok and Anwar Ibrahim to switch over to the opposition.
But most importantly, although jumping ship is an opinion expressed by MCA party president Datuk Seri Chua, that ex-party president Datuk Seri Ong has not refuted this, is close to an admission of a fact.