MCA leaders back their president, and say it makes no sense to appoint candidates who don't command the people's support in the Cabinet.


 KUALA LUMPUR: There is no meaning to the appointment of defeated candidates into the Cabinet since they do not command the support of the people, said senior MCA leaders today. 

“If the candidate has lost the popular support and trust of the people he or she represents, then his or her acceptance into the Cabinet will have lost its original meaning.

“After all, he or she is considered a representative and trustee of the rakyat,” said central committee member and Deputy Home Minister Lee Chee Leong in a statement.

In view of this, Lee said he backed his president Dr Chua Soi Lek’s stand to deliberate on accepting government positions if the party fared poorly in the next general election.

“As a member of the Barisan Nasional representing the Chinese community, the rights of the Chinese community will be maintained, regardless of whether MCA has its representatives in the state and federal levels,” he added.

With talk of the general election looming, Lee said, MCA must be well-prepared to go all out to achieve brilliant results.

“Once the general election begins, the people can then review and reflect on the past performances of their representatives at both the state and federal levels and make their own judgement,” he added.

Lee said that the priority now was to consolidate and unite MCA in order to regain the trust of the Chinese community.

Following Sunday’s Sarawak state election, Chua had urged SUPP not to accept any state government posts in view of the party’s dismal performance.

This led opposition DAP to question why MCA did not do the same in the wake of its 2008 general election debacle.

Chua responded by blaming his predecessor for the decision and stated that if MCA performed badly in the next polls, the party would deliberate on whether to accept similar appointments.

 
The 1969 example

In another statement, party vice-president and Deputy Finance Minister Donald Lim Siang Chai similarly backed Chua’s assessment that the party will reconsider its position in the Cabinet if it suffers the same results as 2008 general election.

He said the party had done the same after suffering a setback in the 1969 polls.

“If MCA fails to obtain recognition from the majority of Malaysian Chinese, this will affect MCA’s position as the front-runner within BN in negotiating to secure and defend Chinese interests.

“When our party’s position is weakened, we will not be in a conducive position to maintain the interests of the ethnic Chinese community,” he said.

Yesterday, another vice-president and Deputy Youth and Sport Minister, Senator Gan Ping Sieu, said MCA’s stand on the matter was plain and clear.

“If PM’s BN leadership and transformation plans that MCA is supporting are rejected by Chinese community in the coming general election, we will consider our position in the line-up of federal and state governments, as the case may be,” he said.

-- FMT

 

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