Datuk Seri Dr. Chua Soi Lek, as hotly predicted, stepped down from all posts in the cabinet and party to take full responsibility for the scandalous sex video clip, for the sake of both the nation and party.
Dr. Chua's downfall reflected strong undercurrent in power struggle within MCA. In a run-up to party elections this year, factional fight to consolidate foothold is intensifying! The tension is now speculated to escalate by leaps and bounds.
Soi Lek emerged to be a shining political star in MCA since the last party elections. He is characterised by outspokenness and aggressiveness. It is precisely his outspoken character that has planted seeds of bitter rivalry with other factions.
Chua's aggressive pursuit for political advancement, as manifested by his bold revelation to move further up, inevitably posed challenge to the existing incumbent. His political drive fuelled the already tense party power conflicts.
Datuk Seri Dr. Chua was speculated to vie for the post of vice-president. Such a move would wobble the present power balancing, making MCA vulnerable to another crisis.
Chua was fast building up his grassroot support, with his power base spreading from JB to Penang lately. He was viewed very much a figure to watch out.
A protege of Tun Lim Liong Sik, Soi Lek fell prey to a schemed trap to weed him out. The sex video clip scandal is a political assassination with ill motive.
Chua's era may appear to be over, but MCA's turmoil may be just about to surface.
All members of MCA should stand behind Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting to consolidate the party.