Time to give: Liow donating to the Gelang Patah MCA fund-raising event in Johor Baru. With him are division chairman Jason Teoh (third from right), MCA central committee member Tan Cher Puk (third from left) and party members.
JOHOR BARU: MCA has submitted its list of candidates for ministerial posts to be considered by the Prime Minister in the Cabinet reshuffle expected soon.
Party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the approval of the candidates was up to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s discretion.
“The prime minister is a man of wisdom and I do believe that he will make a good decision about the matter soon.
“As the Barisan Nasional chairman, he knows how the party stands on the issue of ministerial posts,” he said after attending the Gelang Patah MCA meeting here yesterday.
The more important issue now, Liow pointed out, was to strengthen the Chinese community and encourage them to participate in the government transformation policies and programmes to help Malaysia achieve the status of a high-income nation by 2020.
The country, he added, was currently at a very important juncture as it was in the midst of a transformation plan and the public should support the prime minister to achieve the goal.
It was reported that the much-anticipated Cabinet reshuffle, to take place before the start of the fasting month, is expected to usher in at least two new ministers and affect up to three serving ministers.
Putrajaya sources had been quoted as saying that the prime minister was working on the finer details of the changes that would definitely include the MCA and Gerakan presidents.
On another matter, Liow challenged DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang to use his “audience” with PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat to stop the Islamist party from continuing with its efforts to table its Private Member’s Bills on the implementation of hudud laws in Kelantan.
Lim, he said, had recently met Nik Aziz over DAP’s claim that the hudud controversy had caused it to lose in the Teluk Intan by-election.
“DAP, which is the biggest party in the Opposition camp, should speak up against PAS from doing what it pleases as it may affect the country’s harmony,” said Liow.
A Malay daily had reported on June 5 that Nik Aziz had wanted an explanation from Lim over DAP blaming its loss on PAS’ hudud and that they are expected to meet in Kelantan on Saturday.