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These are well-known facts in the Chinese community, Chua only got gut to say them openly after he retired from politics.

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Soi Lek Blames Dr. M For Overbearing Umno

KUALA LUMPUR — The Umno-centric approach that drove the non-Malay community away from Barisan Nasional’s (BN) fold began under Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s administration, Datuk Seri Dr ChSua Soi Lek has said.

Disputing a recent blog entry by Dr Mahathir that faulted the embrace of liberalisation under successor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s administration for the country’s current woes, the former MCA president instead said the problems traced back to the former’s tenure as prime minister.

“However, in the 21 years of Tun Mahathir’s leadership, we see that the growth of Umno’s political strength has made its coalition partners to become powerless in BN.

“Decisions made in the Umno Supreme Council were often become the Cabinet’s decisions and I had mentioned it before in the BN Convention that, to the people, Umno is the ‘taiko’ and if it becomes arrogant and dictatorial, it will have adverse impact on its component parties,” Dr Chua wrote in a recent Facebook post.

Saying that this approach had undermined the previously effective power-sharing model in BN, Dr Chua added that it also allowed the abuse of pro-Bumiputera affirmative action such […]