MCA leaders and members as well as members of various Chinese community organisations and associations staging a peaceful demonstration against hudud after the party transformation briefing and session in Alor Setar.
ALOR SETAR: The MCA is standing by three nominees but is ready to make way, if needed, for another Barisan Nasional component party to contest in the May 25 Bukit Gelugor parliamentary by-election.
Party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the three candidates are local Penangites and he would be discussing with Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on the by-election.
He added that it did not matter which component party contested as it would be under the Barisan ticket.
“We are ever ready to contest. However, we need to discuss the matter internally before making any decision.
“We have been receiving a lot of views and input from the Barisan component party leaders,” Liow told a press conference at the Penang Chinese Town Hall in Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling here yesterday.
Earlier in the day, he spoke similarly at a press conference after a party transformation briefing for Kedah MCA members and an interaction session with Chinese groups at a hotel here.
Liow said the names of potential MCA candidates had been submitted to the party headquarters.
The parliamentary seat became vacant following the death of DAP’s Karpal Singh on April 17.
The MCA chief also expressed his condolences to the family of Teluk Intan DAP MP Seah Leong Peng who died of cancer on Thursday.
He reminded MPs to take good care of their health so that they could serve the people effectively.
On the briefing and interaction session, Liow said he had a fruitful dialogue with party members and Chinese NGOs and associations on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s transformation vision.
“There are a lot of things that need to be done under the transformation programme and the PM needs all the support he can get,” he stressed.
Liow said the Barisan had a stable policy on how to manage the country properly and fairly unlike the Opposition, with PAS wanting to implement hudud in Kelantan.
“Plus, there is infighting among its parties. I feel the rakyat have been deceived by Pakatan Rakyat,” he added.