MCA To Jump Ship ?

August 25, 2008

Yeah, right they are. Not until the fat lady sings … hahaha

MCA candidates slug it out by attacking Umno
By Leslie Lau

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 The battle for leadership of the MCA is turning into a competition among candidates to see who can most vilify the party’s political partners of more than five decades, Umno.

But it is a contest fraught with difficulties, for MCA leaders who try to stand up to Umno, perceived as arrogant and racist by many Chinese voters, without actually causing a rift between the two main parties of the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.

The MCA conducts crucial party polls in October, amid strong calls for reform following its disastrous performance in the March general elections.

Only 15 MCA MPs were voted in, while the majority of Chinese voters, seemingly angry with Umno, backed the DAP and PKR.

On Sunday, Chinese daily Nanyang Siangpau quoted Datuk Ong Tee Keat, the candidate for party president endorsed by the current leadership, as saying that MCA may have to pull out of the BN coalition if Umno continues its “Ketuanan Melayu” policies.

“If Umno continues its Ketuanan Melayu, and does not reform, other BN members including MCA may pull out.

“And if we pull out we will no longer champion only one race. We will have to become multi-racial,” he told party members on a visit to Pahang on Saturday.

Ong’s statement appeared to be a reaction to former vice-president Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek’s statement last week which called for MCA to review its “Master-Servant” relationship with Umno.

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