He is really a very nice and gentle guy.
I was very happy when he won the Teluk Intan by-election against all odds a few months ago.
For me, it's the best BN's victory since the GE12 in 2008.
Beating DAP which had a cushion of over 7,000 votes majority in the constituency was extraordinary.
It doesn't matter that DAP was too cocky for fielding that Malay girl, expecting the Chinese of Teluk Intan to swallow anything being dished on their plate.
Mah's victory in Teluk Intan was still meaningful as it gave hope to many who had already about to give up on BN.
And for Gerakan, it was indeed a sign that the almost dead party could make a come back.
Mah had since worked hard to repair the party which had been wrecked almost beyond repair at the tail end of Koh Tsu Khoon's tenure as its president.
On Saturday, Mah told delegates at the party's national delegates' conference that one of the steps to resuscitate the party was to do away with those who talk and behave as racists.
He also said that the party will also get rid of traitors, of whom I understand are those who are Gerakan members but actually support Pakatan, particularly DAP.
However, later on at the conference held at the Seri Setia Convention Complex, Shah Alam, it was reported that a delegate from Johor did exactly what Mah had strictly forbid party members to do.
And the pro-Pakatan news portals were all excited over it.
Malays also pendatang, not only Chinese and Indians,
And of course, that remark predictably got the Umno and pro-Umno people all riled up.
However, knowing how Gerakan works all these years, I was not very concerned about it.
Their delegates have been whacking Umno every time they have their annual conference.
You have to understand that, as it is with most other Chinese these days, many of the Gerakan delegates also feel that in order for them to be seen as heroes, they have to whack that Malay boogieman called Umno.
It's all just fun and game for them.
Seriously, otherwise, what else they can talk about?
They were outclassed by DAP as a supposedly multi-racial but actually Chinese party.
They could not also out-Chinese the MCA which was never shy to call itself a Chinese party.
So, can you imagine how boring their conference would be if there was nothing to spice up things for the delegates.
That's why some of the delegates resorted to Umno (read Malay) bashing.
For your information, it was not only that Johor delegates who took a pot shot at the Malays that day.
There were others who did the same.
I was told by a journalist friend who was at the conference that a Malay delegate from Kelantan had in fact blamed Umno as being the main culprit behind the current strained ethnic relations in the country.
The guy was said to be roundly applauded by the other delegates when he said that.
However, my journalist friend said Mah and other top party leaders were not overly amused by the delegates antics.
He declined to comment on it when met after the end of the conference.
Mah's reaction only came yesterday.
Gerakan suspends Tan Lai Soon over 'pendatang' remarks
Well, good for Mah and his other sensible friends in Gerakan.
If they had not acted on that delegate, things will most likely get quite ugly when Umno have their annual general assembly later next month.
Gerakan will be mocked for not walking their talk and the Umno right wing people will have a field day whacking not only Gerakan but also everyone else who are not Malays.
"Tak sedar diri punya Cina, hidup menumpang ehsan kita tapi berlagak macam babi tonyok tuntut itu dan ini," I imagine an Umno delegate making such a remark in reference to Gerakan.
There are many such Umno leaders who are ready to talk like that as the mood among Umno people is that leaders who can whack the Chinese back are heroes.
"Bagi muka sangat kat Cina bukan ada faedah, dia orang bukan tahu menghargai persahabatan dengan orang Melayu," Yup, that's the attitude among many Umno people after they found out that many of their Gerakan and MCA friends actually voted for DAP in GE13.
And of course, Mah and other sensible Chinese leaders realize this.
So, again, good for them for trying to help PM DS Najib Razak in showing members of their community that the best for them is going for the middle path.
DAP people may laugh at them, but it's okay, the Chinese people are not exactly stupid.
They know what is good for them. That's why they are the most prosperous and advance ethnic group in this country.