MCA likely to endorse ‘no govt position’ stand


KUALA LUMPUR: MCA delegates meeting here on Sunday are likely to endorse the stand advanced by their president not to take up government appointments should the party fare badly in the next general election.

Party secretary-general Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said the endorsement was one of the few resolutions to be tabled at the 58th MCA Annual General Assembly to be opened by Prime Minister and Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“The CC (central committee) has already endorsed the stand. Now we want the delegates to endorse it,” he told Bernama yesterday.

The MCA presidential council and Central Committee have backed the proposal by MCA President Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek for the party not to accept any government appointment if it performed worse than it did in the 2008 general election.

Dr Chua has said the decision was to show respect for the electorate, especially the Chinese community.

The MCA won 15 of the 90 parliamentary constituencies and 31 of the 90 state seats it contested in 2008.

Kong said the assembly was also expected to
pass a resolution supporting the transformation agenda of the government and the 1Malaysia concept.

The Hudud Law proposed by PAS and the stance of its partners are certain to draw a lot of attention at the assembly.

The delegates are also expected to continue to push for government recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate, a standardised examination for independent Chinese high schools.

What will be of great interest not only to partisan politicians but neutral observers as well is how Dr Chua will rally his troops on the threshold of electoral battle.

After putting the house in order in the past one-and-half years, Dr Chua is likely to use his final pre-election address to inspire the party faithful to give their all in the fight for influence and seats.

The delegates are also eager to hear what the Prime Minister has to say to the second largest party in the Barisan Nasional which appears to be regaining its confidence after two years of turbulence. — Bernama