It is unclear what the future holds for the Malaysian Chinese Association. Popular public discourse so far is tilted to one that assumes that MCA is heading the way of Gerakan, which is one of national irrelevance. Whatever path MCA will take, Chua Soi Lek is now the President of the party.

While I myself am hostile to MCA for its position in Barisan Nasional, I celebrate this victory. There is only one reason for that: it is an assault to conservative notion of morality and the link between such morality and ability to perform public duty.

With glee if I might add. Already there is a joke running around that MCA has elected a porn star as its president. That is a cheap shot but it is still funny nonetheless. That is the fate of those who live by sex scandals.

Mr. Chua fell from power when a video of him having adulterous pleasure saw distribution in the age of the internet. The video is a very graphic depiction of his disloyalty to his wife. Malaysia’s infamous distribution network of pirated goods certainly lubricated the whole operation where the internet failed. In Malaysia at that time, the fact of such man holds public office — the Health Minister, which is an important one — is untenable. That was just over two years ago.

I hold that a person’s private life is none of our business, as long as no crime is committed. This includes the life of politicians. If Mr. Chua should be booted, it is for other reason related to very real public issues, like the health system for instance. I am adamant that the only crime in that case is the intrusion of privacy.

Notwithstanding his capability, his return is a direct rebuke to those who think otherwise. Opinion about his vision and contribution to the national health system is to be debated at other times.

Of course, Mr. Chua is not a Muslim. Some have argued that the conservative morality that conservative Muslim Malays have is irrelevant to him. True but it is still a foot in the door. Communities do not live in isolation. They interact. Development like this is akin to water acting upon rock. Enough times and the rock will give way.

Furthermore, it is not only the Muslims in Malaysia who maintain conservative world views. Mr. Chua would not have fallen from power in MCA if that was not so. The election of Mr. Chua is a proof that in MCA, the conservative opinion is being listed only at the bottom of its priority list: there are other more important things to consider.

That is encouraging.

4 Responses to “[2182] Of the return of Chua Soi Lek and its potential effect on conservative mores”

  1. on 29 Mar 2010 at 15:16 dreameridiot

    What ‘better’ person would have been elected president?

    Read: PKFZ and lame duck.

  2. on 03 Apr 2010 at 05:15 kenwooi

    CSL gets the main seat! Now no Chinese will be punished for scandal! lol =P

  3. on 06 Jun 2010 at 18:49 Bei Suu Lan

    Young man,
    In this country they laws related to human sexual behavior.
    A butcher can cut the throats of a hundred hens a day.And nobody would bother him about it in his whole life.But if he puts his penis into the egg laying warm cavity of a chicken he could be put in jail for up to 20 years.
    Why?Why? Why? That is the law.
    Chua Soi Lek has committed a criminal offense under section 377e of the Penal Code,Laws of Malaysia.He had put his penis into the mouth of a woman.That is specifically described in that section.He could be put in jail from 5 to 20 years.
    But politicians can cause the AG to drag his feet in prosecuting him.Unless he rock the boat like Ong Tee Kiat,Anwar Ibrahim and Harun of the Mohammed Ali verses Joe Bugner Fight in 1976.There is no laws to regulate that stance.

  4. on 10 Jun 2010 at 23:47 Hafiz Noor Shams

    Law can change. As a result, one has to appeal to a higher rationale to stand the test of time. Besides, law is typically based on that higher rationale. It is through that spirit that law is justified, or opposed to. To say something is wrong because the law says so, is unsophisticated line of reasoning. How many actions which were wrong yesterday are no longer wrong today and vice versa?

    Perhaps, this helps. “Of liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add “within the limits of the law,” because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.”

    That was by Thomas Jefferson.

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