Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders should ceasefire from their public spat as it does not augur well for the coalition ahead of 14th General Election (GE14).
“It will only weaken BN,” said MIC president Dr S. Subramaniam in Kuala Lumpur today.
Referring the current attrition between Umno supreme council member Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz and MCA religious harmony bureau chairman Ti Lian Ker, he said both leaders should refrain from attacking each other as it would be detrimental to BN.
He said component parties should indeed move together and fight for, not against, each other.
“Internal bickering will not help us, especially in the current political climate,” Dr Subramaniam told newsmen at MIC’s 70th anniversary celebrations.
He warned that open squabbles between BN’s component parties would only benefit the opposition, adding that the coalition had always worked based on a consensus principle, hence discussions on issues shall be via proper channels.
He said BN component party leaders should realise that they represented not just their respective parties, but also the whole coalition.
He said BN leaders should understand the needs of each other and pull their act together for mutual interests and benefits, rather than acting only as leaders of respective parties.
“So all component parties should not do anything damaging the coalition,” he said, expressing confidence that BN would be able to overcome any arising problem from time to time.
“The fact that our country is multiracial means that differences in opinion are unavoidable. Both sides should avoid open disagreements and respect each other’s right to represent their respective communities.”