MCA Balakong candidate slams opponent's comment as immature

Hidir Reduan

BANGI: MCA's Balakong by-election candidate Tan Chee Teong dismissed as immature his Pakatan Harapan (PH) contender’s claim that MCA need not act as check and balance against the government.

He said that a mature system of government still needs a form of check and balance.

“Does this mean that there is no possibility of wrongdoing and abuse of power (in the current PH administration)?

“I think this is immature (comment by PH candidate Wong Siew Ki). This (shows certain quarters) want to control everything. This is not right,” he said.

He was speaking when met after the launch of MCA’s manifesto for the Balakong by-election, here, today.

Tan was responding to Wong’s speech during a campaign trail, here, last night.

According to online news portal The Malaysian Insight, she had said that there was no need for MCA to play check and balance because PH lawmakers already reprimand each other over any improper action.

“I don’t think they (MCA) understand how PH works. Our legislators scold each other. Everyone is equal.

“Anyone who does something wrong will be reprimanded. We are not like Barisan Nasional (BN),” she was quoted as saying.

Tan said the need for MCA to play the role of check and balance against the government is vital as PH currently controls most states.

He said he sought the people’s mandate to act as check and balance via the Balakong state constituency, even if it means pitting him against 50 other Selangor assemblymen in the state legislature. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd