KUALA LUMPUR: MCA’s target of capturing at least 15 parliamentary seats in the general election is well within reach, says Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
The party president said this despite tactics by the Opposition, particularly DAP, to field heavyweights in MCA’s strongholds.
Liow said it was important to note that the Chinese community has more confidence in MCA now, following its success in transforming and strengthening the party since the last general election.
“DAP is arrogant and its political mission is to destroy MCA. This is surely not acceptable to the Chinese community.
“In its attempt to wrest power, DAP is acting as a bleaching agent to bring back the era of ‘Mahathirism’.
“I believe the Chinese community won’t accept this,” he told a press conference at Wisma MCA yesterday.
Liow said former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was also trying to “whiten” DAP’s image by telling the Malay community that DAP meetings were conducted in Malay.
“The people want to see which party is able to deliver results, not just promoting slogans and twisting facts to canvass for votes,” he said.
On a separate matter, Liow said MCA had already decided on its candidate for the Tanjung Malim parliamentary seat.
But he refused to identify the candidate.
“Let the Prime Minister decide and make the announcement,” he said.
Two potential candidates are tipped for the seat – Perak MCA chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon and party secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan.