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Federation of Seven Clan Associations — Who has the right to speak for the Chinese community?

The Federation of Seven Clan Associations just keeps getting more press! It’s amazing!

You know that it must be important if everybody else keeps wanting to talk about it.

All these people must be feeling threatened!

If they feel secure about their positions as representatives of the Chinese community, they wouldn’t be so upset.

If the grassroots of the community really want these bodies to be their voice, then the newly-formed Federation of Seven Clan Associations wouldn’t have a leg to stand on. Why should they be so worried about a new movement?

The Federation of Chinese Associations Sarawak is the latest to say that only it can claim to represent the State’s Chinese community.

This Federation’s Vice President Datuk Ngu Pie Wseng is quoted as saying that he’s “100% against the formation of the Federation (of Seven Clan Associations — yes, I know it is confusing)”.

He’s claiming that this is because he is worried that the new Federation is being used by someone who has political motives to achieve a personal agenda.

Hmm … Personal agenda …

He’s also quoted in The Sunday Post as saying “The so-called Federation of Seven Clan Associations is under the United Chinese Association (UCA). If they have any requests, they should go through the Federation of Chinese Associations Sarawak. We will help forward their request to the government.”

Gee. I thought the idea is to make it EASIER for the Chinese community’s requests to be put forward to the government.

But what this guy is saying is that if the grassroots have needs or problems, they need to first go through the UCA and then the Federation of Chinese Associations Sarawak.

So many filters and hurdles before the government will even get a whiff of the original proposal – if at all!

What’s wrong with the newly-formed Federation presenting its requests directly to the government? Seems to be a much speedier route don’t you think?

All this while some in the Chinese community have been complaining that their voices are not heard by the government. With so many “gate-keepers” is it any wonder that the message never gets through?

Putting the needs of the community first means putting aside one’s ego. It is not about who is more deserving of being the messenger. It is about ensuring that the message gets through.

If the leaders of the community are sincere, they will not fear letting other voices — that differ from theirs — be heard.



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