MCA and Umno yet to realise what is at play under Malaysia Baru concept

Rizanizam Abdul Hamid

SERI KEMBANGAN: MCA and Umno have yet to realise the needs of the people under the Malaysia Baru concept introduced by Pakatan Harapan (PH), as both parties continued to play up racial sentiments.

DAP Political Education Director, Liew Chin Tong said both the Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties clearly had not learnt from their defeat in the 14th General Election (GE14) on May 9.

MCA and Umno cannot be in a position whereby Umno carries the Malay sentiment and MCA the Chinese, as this was not the message conveyed by the people in GE14.

“The rakyat want a Malaysia Baru atmosphere, which is to develop the nation as ‘anak’ Malaysia, instead of continued talk’s based on racial sentiment,” said the Deputy Defence Minister.

He was speaking to reporters after joining campaign rounds with PH Balakong candidate Wong Siew Ki at Kampung Baru Sungai Chua, here today.

Liew was commenting on the recent move by MCA to launch the Balakong Declaration to reform the party following its poor performance in GE14.

MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai was quoted as saying that under the party’s new political chapter, it will play its role as an opposition party to build, implement reforms and free itself from past political baggage.

Liew who is also DAP Johor chairman said opposition parties should also compete in a more intelligent manner with the new government in regards to policies and ideas, instead of continuing to raise race based sentiments.

“In addition, the case faced by former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was also among the reasons for BN and MCA’s loss and as such, MCA should reject Najib.

“However, today, even after four months after losing the general election, Najib continues to be the spokesperson for BN. MCA could not respond to Najib as they do not have any connection with him (now) and besides in this by-election, MCA is using its own logo,” he said.

Meanwhile, Wong said that since the campaigning for the Balakong by-election kicked-off on Aug 18, she had taken the one-to-one approach with voters in the constituency.

“I had received encouraging response from them, however the main challenge is to ensure that they go out and vote this Saturday.

“I am aware that many of the voters I met are unaware that polling day is on Sept 8,” she said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd