MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek (left) and his predecessor Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.

Will MCA be brainstorming towards a paradigm shift that will give its leadership a direction that is more down to earth?

Is it even prepared to re-define its traditional relationship with Umno to appease the Chinese community and thus give it at least a measure of hope for political survival?

These questions come amid a growing awareness from within the party that the loss of Chinese political support is just one of the ingredients in the recipe for disaster.

We have heard calls for a cessation of the blame game so that the job of strengthening the party can proceed without distraction. Besides this, however, some veteran leaders who are still influential may be pushing for an internal leadership transformation to ensure that MCA function as a true partner of Umno instead of being its errant boy or, worse, its stooge.

But the obvious question is whether president Dr Chua Soi Lek, with his tainted past and political baggage, can pull this off.

The painful fact is that MCA is held in such low esteem that even a small fry from Umno can shout at its leaders, blaming them for the loss of Chinese votes during the recent Hulu Selangor by-election.

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