KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker said MCA in the past has allowed DAP a free hand to paint the Barisan Nasional (BN) component party “black”, in the belief that actions and results speak better than words.
The MCA Religious Harmony Bureau chairman in a statement today said that unfortunately the reality is that lies and half-truths repeated too often do have an impact or leave an impression that may be difficult to erase.
Ti said under the leadership of party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and his deputy Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, after years of transforming MCA into a united force, the party is now ready to call DAP’s bluff and put a stop to all their lies.
“The recent attempt by DAP’s Publicity chief Tony Pua and Damansara Utama Assemblyman Yeo Bee Yin is in point whereby MCA had held DAP by their horns. Both DAP leaders had tried to accuse MCA Vice-President Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun of abusing her position and authority to ‘purchase’ a piece of land in Selangor in a mischievous slant.
“In the past, DAP leaders would get away with bigger lies but this time around, both DAP leaders were silenced by a legal letter from Chew,” Ti said in a statement.
“In the latest MCA Central Committee meeting, the president has sounded the clarion call to all leaders not to take DAP lies or twists like a gentleman anymore. The president said that it is time to call their bluff and expose their lies now as the people are slowly seeing through their real face and persona. They spent all their time spitting lies and spinning untruths and MCA has been too kind towards them,” Ti said.
He added that previously MCA had been occupied fighting extremists from within and outside BN as well as working hard to deliver to the community in all aspects. However, all DAP has been doing is ‘pointing and sniggering on the half empty cup that was not delivered to the community’.
“But, what has DAP done or delivered to the Chinese community after nearly a decade coming into power in the states of Penang and Selangor?
“The latest was MCA’s breakthrough in delivering 16 new Chinese vernacular schools. This is the first time the Ministry of Education approved the setting up of 10 new Chinese vernacular schools and six more under relocation.
“This is historic and a breakthrough at a time where extreme rightists have demanded for a single synchronised school system purportedly towards national unity.
“The movement to demand a synchronised single school system is real and gaining momentum from many quarters including academicians, leaders and moderates.
“The call is louder now that calling for the closure of vernacular schools is no longer deemed ‘seditious’ and the right to learn other languages guaranteed in the Federal Constitution has been misinterpreted as ‘the Constitution permits the learning or using of other languages (besides the national language) but it does not mean a right to use the mother tongue as a medium of instruction’,” Ti added.
He pointed out that MCA’s leadership under Liow and his ability to hold back PAS’ proposed amendments to the syariah bill from being adopted by the government and the breakthrough approval of 10 new Chinese vernacular schools in one go are no ordinary achievements.
He added that it is also an achievement of sorts for Liow as previous party presidents with a bigger mandate and community support had failed to obtain such approvals.
“Alternatively, it can be said that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is more liberal and friendly towards Chinese vernacular education compared to past leaders like Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim or Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“Despite making a breakthrough and achieving success, a triumph and a victory of sorts in the Chinese education movement, DAP leaders especially its secretary-general and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng tried to divert or take away the sail of this breakthrough in Chinese education by giving a miss on the mountain for the hills.
“DAP tried to raise petty (issues) and repeat old issues by refusing to acknowledge this breakthrough to the ire of Liow.
“Liow in a sign of frustration and a show of exasperation towards DAP’s combative style had called upon DAP to show their results or report cards on their contributions towards Chinese education development in their decade-old rule in Selangor and Penang.
“If DAP cannot show their contributions or results, please let MCA do our work and deliver without the unnecessary dins, malicious distortions and usual taunts from DAP,” he added. – MO