Barisan Nasional has called on Pakatan Rakyat to fulfil its promise to reinstate local council elections.
Selangor MCA deputy chairman Datuk Donald Lim said local council elections could be introduced in urban areas first.
“Councils in rural areas may not have enough funds to hold the elections,” he said, adding that Petaling Jaya and Subang Jaya would be suitable locations.
He was responding to PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s recent statement that reinstating local council elections would be a repeat of “past mistakes” and lead to another May 13.
Selangor MCA Complaints Bureau chief Kelvin Chong Seng Foo said the Selangor government should uphold their promise instead of giving excuses.
“They should have discussed it among their component parties before making any promise.
“They shouldn’t give excuses on why local council elections cannot be held, such as racial tension,” he said.
Chong highlighted that Pakatan was fond of citing the “third vote” and it was time they walk the talk.
“Pakatan always talks about a vote for Parliament, a vote for the state and the third vote for the local council election. Now is the time to implement what they promised,” he said.
Petaling Jaya Utara MCA division chairman Tan Gim Tuan said Hadi’s statement lacked maturity.
He said Petaling Jaya residents would vote based on a candidate’s ability.
“Has Hadi forgotten we are a multiracial society, especially in urban areas.
“We are a 1Malaysia community. PJU MCA has multiracial committee members and we work as a team,” he added.
MCA veteran and former Petaling Jaya councillor Datuk Dr Wong Sai Hou however, felt the Pakatan government should focus on appointing suitable council presidents and mayors instead of holding local council elections.
“They cannot even decide who should be the Petaling Jaya mayor.
“The current deputy mayor Puasa Md Taib can do the job and he has been with the council long and works well with everybody. Why can’t they just appoint him?.”
Bandar Syed Putra MIC chairman Tan Sri Devaki Krishnan said the public should be given a chance to vote for their preferred candidate.
“Let the public decide. The winners will have to serve the voters and be held accountable. This will make them work harder,” she said.
Devaki, 89, stood for the first Kuala Lumpur municipal election under the Bangsar constituency in 1952 and won.
Wanita MCA vice-chairman and Selangor MCA chairman Ong Chong Swen said DAP was fond of making all kinds of promises without considering their feasibility.
“DAP is now obligated to explain how it plans to fulfil its election promise on having local government elections, since Abdul Hadi has opposed the idea.
“This clearly shows that DAP’s pre-election promises are easily washed away just like sand castles on the beach,” she said in a press statement.
Ong noted that local government polls that had been promised by DAP was never part of Pakatan’s Common Policy Framework
“Thus, it is obvious that Pakatan parties had only bonded before the two general elections for the sole purpose of coming into power without having a common direction to rule the country,” she said.