'Guan Eng should focus on managing the ringgit instead of attacking MCA'

Hidir Reduan

BANGI: Lim Guan Eng has been reminded to focus on his task as Finance Minister and tackle issues stemming from the plunge of the ringgit, instead of attacking MCA’s record of working with all races.

MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said Lim, who is DAP secretary-general should be using his role as finance minister to counter the ringgit’s decrease in value, which she said has adversely affected the prices of goods in Malaysia.

“I urge Lim Guan Eng to put more focus on his role as MP (member of parliament) and (finance) minister.

“The (Malaysian ringgit) currency rate is depreciating. Even though the GST (Goods and Services Tax) has been repealed, the prices of goods in Malaysia would still be negatively impacted,” she said.

She was speaking at the launch of MCA by-election Balakong candidate Tan Chee Teong’s manifesto here on Sunday.

On Saturday, Lim had described MCA as a party which isolates itself by representing only one ethnic group.

Chew, in response, said Lim was intentionally trying to paint MCA in a negative light by harping up racial issues.

“Yesterday, Lim Guan Eng said that (MCA) plays up racial issue where he intentionally said MCA only prioritised the Chinese.

“I wish to strongly remind (him) that since its formation in 1949, MCA holds to a principle and ideology where despite being a Chinese-focused party, it still all this while plays its role to safeguard the welfare of all races.

“We cooperate with all races very well,” she said.

Meanwhile, touching on the by-election, Chew said MCA would campaign to be the ‘check and balance’ instrument against the Pakatan Harapan led-administration, especially in Selangor.

“We have launched a support team and machinery backed by Datuk Wong Chin Woon and other MCA Youth leaders.

“We urge Balakong voters to come forward and help us establish a system of check and balance (against the present government.

“We need an opposition representative of the people,” she said.

Also present was MCA Youth chief Datuk Chong Sin Woon. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd