36 people (including the same persons) are nominated to contest a number of positions in the coming MCA BGM elections. The post of President is a 3 cornered fight, while for Deputy President, there are 4 candidates. Every posts is "heavily" contested, thereby giving an impression that there is great interest and also the expression of democratic rights in MCA. Prima facie, all is right but deep down is there an agenda to the contest?
Unity talks have been going on a few weeks but one side was very demanding for the key positions and recommending names of people who do not have the time to even turn up to the cricket field. The issue of having the "right candidate for the appropriate post" was not the order of the day. The other party had names in their list that seem threatening to the opposite faction and therefore the seat allocation could not be sorted. Breakdown of "unity talks" meant that it is a free election but encompassing "camps" support. So, in a way the election is orchestrated, depending which camp carries the majority of the votes i.e affiliates.
There is no doubts as the day nears for election, there would be a number of candidates who may pull out realising that the whole election exercise may already have a pre-concluded results. This may also encourage a "last effort" unity talk to pave the way for a balanced representation in MCA i.e avoiding winner take all concept. Such situation may not arise unless the incumbent President withdraws and bargains for his loyal and hard working Deputy President to be retained. The question is : "Would the incumbent President undertake such a sacrifice for the love of cricket." An answer most of us are fully aware.
Looking at the candidates for the various positions, it would seem there is either a strategy or a level of greediness for power at all cost. I state this as there are a few who have been nominated for 2 0r 3 positions. Although they still have time to withdraw but the fact that they knowingly let their names to be thrown into a number of positions calls into question their own wisdom. If a person permits his name to be dragged through such a ploy, one may wonder whether on the first place this person is a deserving candidate for any post. A question the affiliates have to decide upon but again if a "herd mentality" prevails than even a "frog" can be elected.
The way things look, a "clean sweep" may come into reality, if any one camp has the influence over majority of the affiliates. The scenario emerging may indicate that and if the "king makers" in their careful thoughtful process do not encompass members of the other camp in their line-up, then MCA may see itself as a "split" organisation with continuous problems. If the new leadership is prepared to accept this and live with it, nothing can be done about it. Equally, giving representations in non key posts also does not permit a "give and take" attitude and the problems would continue to persists. It is finding the right balance with a working team is what Malaysia badly needs for the betterment of cricket. Can this happen in this election? Only "great people with great minds can do great things". Lets see !!!!!!!!!