Hornbill Unleashed

December 12, 2009

Who loves Parti Cinta Malaysia?

By Pak Bui

The new Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM), based in Penang, has one of the weirdest names in the history of Malaysian politics. Thaksin Shinawatra’s Thai Rak Thai (Thais love Thailand) has a better ring to it, but then Thai has the advantage of being a charming, melodious language.

Parti Cinta Malaysia has the awkward feel of a name translated directly from a different language. It creates unease, reminiscent of our grey RTM news readers enunciating ‘teknologi’ or ‘universiti’ in the Bahasa Baku style: all hard consonants, and pronouncing each word as it is spelt.

A rough English translation for the PCM would be the “Malaysian Love Party”, which veers uncomfortably close to the neighbourhood of “Malaysian Orgy”.

The sheer strangeness of the name brings to mind more colourful names like the Official Monster Raving Loony Party (Britain), the Beer Lovers Party (Russia and the Ukraine), the Imperial British Conservative Party (Australia and New Zealand), the Guns and Dope Party (United States) and the Death, Dungeons and Taxes Party (Britain).

It also brings back memories of a Monty Python sketch on Election Night, showcasing the comedy troupe’s creations: the Silly Party tussling against the Sensible Party, and fringe parties the Slightly Silly Party and the Very Silly Party.

Any new political outfit approved swiftly by the Registrar of Societies, as the PCM was on August 6, must have some backers in high places in the BN government. Most observers in the electronic media have described the PCM as a BN-friendly “multiracial” party to be used as a vehicle by the likes of Chua Soi Lek, Tiong King Sing and Huan Cheng Guan, unhappy with their respective BN parties, the MCA, SPDP and Gerakan.

Ong Tee Keat, the hapless captain of the sinking MCA ship, has accused his rival Chua Soi Lek of setting up PCM as an alternative party in which to play boss, if Chua fails in his bid to lead MCA. In reply, Chua called Ong “the father of all nonsense”.

So now that Gabriel Adit Demong, the turncoat Ngemah state assemblyman, has thrown in his lot with PCM, can the party argue it is truly multiracial? The President, a Penang businessman named Tang Weng Chew, insists the party is “neutral”, and not made up of disenfranchised MCA members.

But there are plenty of references to “1Malaysia” peppered throughout the PCM statements. Any mention of this empty and insulting slogan gets most Chinese annoyed, but not the new Penang party people.

Malaysiakini reported in September that it visited the registered address of the PCM in Perai or Bukit Mertajam and found it was a closed former bistro. The ramshackle new party appears to have a fair bit in common with the “1Malaysia” concept: bright lights and a new façade on the outside, but hollow and dusty inside. Love don’t live here no more, it would seem.

It certainly appears that this ridiculous party is trying to confuse and deceive credulous voters, including the less educated and sophisticated voters of Sarawak and Sabah. Any BN attempt at splitting the Pakatan Rakyat vote may be worthwhile.

Even so, the BN effort may not be as effective as the PKR and DAP squabbling over seats, and appearing to be trying their level best to achieve this split themselves!

Gabriel Adit loves to serve

Gabriel Adit’s appointment as head of PCM Sarawak verges on the bizarre. If the PCM is anything like the MCA, it would be hard to imagine Gabriel Adit commanding much attention among the party faithful, no matter how multiracial the ex-MCA members say the new party is.

It is virtually impossible for party members who have cut their political teeth on racist rhetoric to embrace a plural constituency. Many PKR members have had their difficulties adjusting to life after Umno. Just ask Ezam Mohd Nor, who returned to the gleeful xenophobic embrace of Umno after almost a decade in the multiracial wilderness with PKR.

Gabriel Adit has again pressed the self-destruct button by deserting PKR, and by hoping to head his own Parti Rakyat Malaysia or some such contraption. Eventually, he has ended up leaving the PKR to be the head of a branch of a laughable party in Sarawak. He seems to have painted himself into a corner – but perhaps he may still profit from his multiple defections, come election time.

“After watching PKR, I don’t think they can take over Sarawak. I hope we can serve the people of Sarawak better,” Gabriel Adit said during his maiden speech as Sarawak Love Chairman.

It is intriguing that words like “love” and “serve” can be bandied about in this cynical fashion.




  1. Please write to me the PCM office address and contact details ?

    Comment by Barakath — August 28, 2010 @ 12:23 AM | Reply

  2. We used to hear religious leaders preaching on LOVE. But for the first time in Malaysia we now have a Love Party.

    But unforntuately, we are yet to see how much love do they have to spare for the people.

    Comment by BRaja — December 16, 2009 @ 11:43 AM | Reply

  3. I saw Adit become a member of PKR and he hugged Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim… now in the paper he denied everything and say bad things about Anwar.. what a Son of a B***h this guy really are.. very sad… it is all about money… how much did Adit get this time?

    Comment by Nirman — December 15, 2009 @ 10:08 PM | Reply

  4. Haha.. another stupid proxy party for the BN… it’s something like the Makkhal Sakti Party.. what happen to them now? Fight amongst themselves because of money… it is always about money in BN… I am really sad…

    Comment by Nirman — December 15, 2009 @ 10:03 PM | Reply

  5. If the word “cinta” is used as a verb, then Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) actually translates to Love Malaysia (Cinta Malaysia) Party (Parti), and not “Malaysian Love Party” as translated by Pak Bui. In any case how PCM translates and what meaning this name is supposed to give is not that significant. What is more significant is that PCM, with a bunch of crackpot and half past six leaders at the helm, will merely become another one of those “easy come easy go” parties.

    I predict that PCM will not even last as long as the party created by Wee Choo Keong. Can anyone out there still remember the name of this party created by Wee Choo Keong without doing a check on the web? I can’t. How many of you are even aware that Wee Choo Keong created a political party not too long ago?

    Comment by ong — December 15, 2009 @ 12:23 PM | Reply

  6. “…“Malaysian Love Party” …”

    Actually it should be “Love Malaysia Party” !

    That’s a catchy name for Tourism Malaysia – like Ng Yen Yen’s Ronggeng Malaysia Party.

    Not to worry. I’m sure the Opposition still rocks!

    Comment by dirty dancing — December 15, 2009 @ 11:34 AM | Reply

  7. I seriously think that this so-called “adit” understood the very meaning of the word party. Beer party, tuak party, bbq party, what not party. For all i knew, this “adit” or allow to change his name to “edit”.
    And he just love to party.. “the night is still young and the floor is yours for a take edit”, lets party……

    Comment by tsunami unleashed — December 13, 2009 @ 12:08 PM | Reply

  8. Another party to cater to political wannabes and political has-beens. I agree with your comment, Lah Kia. What a sad end to Adit political career. I guess you can say that you can con most people most of the time but you can’t con all people all the time.

    Comment by Ah Beng — December 12, 2009 @ 6:42 PM | Reply

  9. Am not surprise with the move by Adit.He is a native,a typical dayak through and through.”half night revolts”as they are best known for.
    Call me racists,dogs or any filthy names you can think of,i dont mind.I am telling the ugly side of human being.i can easily spell out 10 weaknesses of a typical characteristic of chinese too.We all need to know our weakness to change for the better.
    Agreed there is no such thing as race,we are all homo sapiens,born trillions years ago or evolved from monkeys that could be the reason why we still have a uncivilised monkey mind, myself included.
    A word for malaysian politicians.call them” politicians” is too high regards for them.A suitable name will be junks,scumbags,bullshiters etc.they never tell the truth,and they are equipped to twist all facts.they are worst off than dogs.

    Comment by La Kia — December 12, 2009 @ 1:00 PM | Reply

  10. Adit fitted well into PCM as it also meant “Party Cari Makan”. Y not after all he got nothing to loss knowing pretty well that his days as assemblyman are numbered!

    Comment by ugahchua — December 12, 2009 @ 12:58 PM | Reply

  11. This is a deserved end for Adit..good riddance! He is nothing more than an opportunist.

    Comment by sickofthemanure — December 12, 2009 @ 7:04 AM | Reply

    • Adit will surely lose at the next state election. Confirmed!

      Comment by Nirman — February 26, 2010 @ 3:03 AM | Reply

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