Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin hit out at DAP (Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham) for claiming that MCA was subservient to the Johor Sultan via his Twitter account.
Let’s see what does subservience mean? According to an online dictionary, subservience means obsequious servility.
Obsequious means full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.
Servile means abjectly submissive; slavish.
In simple term, subservient means prepared to obey others unquestioningly.
Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said:
“There is no question of subservience. MCA only followed the decision made by the Ruler. Tee’s decision in accepting the appointment was made out of respect for the Johor Sultan.”
From the same article, it closed with this line:
The Sultan, under the Johor state constitution, has absolute power to appoint the Mentri Besar together with the exco members. [source: The Star]
Here is another quote by Datuk Tee Siew Kiong from The Star:
“MCA members from Johor will understand why I had to accept it as this is due to a special request by the Johor Ruler which I could not decline“.
Another two more quotes by Tee as reported in the Star:
“I am an MCA representative but I am also a Johorean. There is no easy way to go about it but I have to accede to the wishes of the Sultan,”
Accede means assent or agree to a demand, request, or treaty
“That is why we have to adhere to the advice of the Sultan, as he has the authority and right to dictate what he feels is best for his people”.
As you can see from the above quotes, why are we still talking about MCA and its party presidential Council unanimously decision that it will not take up any government posts if the Party performs worse in the coming General Election than the one on March 8 in 2008?
Why should we care about MCA’s decision or whether this Chinese party can make its stand or not? I agree with Rocky Bru (ops! sorry Datuk Rocky) that Malaysians should be talking about the Kesetiaan kepada Raja (Rukun Negara) or loyalty to Raja Melayu first.
The keywords of this issue are: subservience, loyalty, respect, royalty, authority, Ruler, absolute power, right to dictate and not MCA. One more thing, Datuk Tee did mentioned “no easy way to go about it” and “could not decline”. After all, MCA has failed miserably during the recent 13th general election.