PM said Dr M never visited Tong Shin hospital in his 22 years of being a PM.
The truth is Dr M did not have to visit Chinese hospitals, even when the GE was around the corner, to gain overwhelming support from the Chinese.
During Dr M’s premiership, MCA was strong and the Chinese were a happy lot. When UMNO was weak or weaken, MCA delivered a very strong performance and it effectively propped up UMNO and the BN.
UMNO at that time treated MCA like a real partner. It treated MCA with respect.
UMNO never romanced with PAS or made provocative statements like “we will win without the Chinese” or “MCA is weak and we don’t need it”.
DrM had also never merajuk with the Chinese and labelled GE results were not good because of “Chinese tsunami.” Or asked “apa lagi Cina mau?” He had also never subcontracted bigotry and racial hatred to some groups of people with nice t-shirts or websites that keep on harping that orang Cina want to take over Malaysia and “habis la orang Melayu dan Islam kalau Cina perintah Malaysia.”
UMNO also never danced to PAS’ tune and talked about imposing hudud thereby spooking the Chinese.
The Chinese at that time did not need to see DrM making his rounds at Chinese hospitals, Chinese schools or slaughtering a chicken at a Chinese temple before deciding to vote for DrM’s leadership.
Malaysia then was flying economically. The Chinese taukeys were happy and they repaid with absolute support for the government. DrM did not have to kow tow to the Doctors and patients at the hospital. Or anywhere, for that matter.
That’s why DrM had not visited Tong Shin Hospital.