THE newly opened cafe on the ground floor of Wisma MCA proved to be a good retreat for MCA delegates last weekend.
Many simply needed a break from the proceedings of the party’s 51st Annual General Assembly.
“We are also responding to the Government’s call to stimulate the economy,” quipped a delegate from Selangor when a reporter asked why he ponteng (played truant).
Inside Dewan San Choon, on the first floor, the delegates’ good sense of wit and humour helped to liven up the atmosphere.
“The MCA president’s Lifelong Learning campaign is only two days old but very successful.
“Even animals are toilet-trained now. Congratulations,” said Rahang assemblyman Yip Chee Kiong, who spotted graffiti in the men’s toilet, which read Tandas ini untuk manusia dan binatang (This toilet is for people and animals).
He was referring to the high-profile launch of the campaign by MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting last Friday.
A delegate, in pointing out the people’s frustrations over bureaucratic hassles despite the Government’s efforts to improve efficiency in its departments, sarcastically described the one-stop centres (OSC) as orang susah cari and the ISO accreditations as ini susah orang.
Penang Wanita MCA chief Ooi Siew Kim had the male-dominated floor in stitches several times when she lamented how the parent organisation had short-changed the 29-year-old wing, which she described as a “faithful wife.”
“There are things that women can do but men cannot.
“We can canvass for votes in the kitchen and bedrooms but men cannot do that.
“We are old but very valuable, just like antiques, wine and ginger,” she said.
Ooi said some leaders suffered amnesia right after the general election.
“During campaigning, they confessed how much they loved and missed us, but walked past us like strangers after that,” she said of the hypocrisy of some leaders.
But Ooi can be rest assured of a speedy recovery for leaders with amnesia, with party elections due next year.
The cordial mood at the assembly last Sunday and also that of the Youth and Wanita gatherings – which convened a day earlier – is a clear endorsement of the president’s efforts to restore party unity.
As MCA secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Ting Chew Peh observed, “some who did not shake hands before are now shaking hands.
“Some grumpy faces used to trading angry stares are now exchanging smiles.”
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