Chinese must support MCA to stay relevant in mainstream politics

Mar 6, 2017

MCA is determined to fight for the rights of the Chinese in Malaysia in accordance with the Federal Constitution.

Party president Liow Tiong Lai said for over past 60 years, MCA had weathered adversity and made sacrifices, thus it would continue to soldier on and never give up on its struggles.

“We are resolute in our fight for the political rights of the Chinese.

“We will defend all we have as enshrined in the Federal Constitution,” said Liow when addressing the MCA 68th anniversary celebration in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

But he cautioned that MCA would not be able to fight and deliver for the Chinese if the community continued to turn its back against the party as what happened in the last two general elections.

He warned that the Chinese community was facing its toughest challenge since independence and the country’s secular system was at risk of being destroyed.

Thus, he cautioned that the community’s vulnerable political representation in the mainstream politics would lead to disastrous results.

Liow, the transport minister, said as the second largest component party in Barisan Nasional, MCA’s political power was derived from Chinese support, hence without the defence of MCA, the Chinese community would face all kinds of difficulties.

“Without Chinese support, MCA will no longer be on an equal footing with Umno,” warned Liow, adding that mainstream political strength was crucial to charting the community’s future.

Liow noted that the Chinese community had reached a crucial juncture where it had no choice, but to band together in an unprecedented show of unity to determine its destiny.

“This is a political reality we must accept,” he said, adding that MCA must take the lead by uniting its members and with the Chinese in order to be a force to be reckoned with.

Today, he said a stronger DAP had come at the expense of Chinese representation in mainstream politics while national politics is also becoming more extreme.

The Chinese, he said, must accept the political reality and understand that DAP could never be the best choice for them.

“Knowing what the Chinese want is one thing, but the question is on delivery,” he added.


He noted that DAP won in the last two general elections by using political gimmicks to create a perceived Chinese unity.

It led to a dilution of Chinese representation in the government and an expanded power base for PAS, which had allowed the Islamist party to promote its hudud agenda.

In 2013, DAP won 38 parliamentary and 95 state seats, while MCA won only seven parliamentary and 11 state seats in the 2013 general election.