KOTA KINABALU: The survival of MCA in the next general election is dependent on the new leadership to be voted in end of the month.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said the leadership must be able to get its members to support Barisan Nasional in GE14, which is expected in 2017 or 2018.
He noted that the number of Chinese voters who supported Barisan in the last two elections was far less than the one million MCA members.
MCA, the second largest Barisan component party, won only 18 parliament and state seats this round, against 46 in 2008 and 107 in 2004.
Dr Chua attributed the downturn to rising expectation and demand from voters, coupled with a progressively weak MCA.
"The infighting during MCA elections every three years has taken a toll on the 64-year-old party over time,” he said when opening the Sabah MCA convention here on Sunday.
Dr Chua said MCA's low representation in the Government had eroded its influence badly, and the party had no choice but stand united to be heard and reach out to the people by serving them well.