Ahmad Maslan: Umno, MCA and PAS just friends, a loose coalition

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  • Thursday, 06 Sep 2018

BALAKONG: Umno, MCA and PAS are friends in the opposition or just something like a loose coalition, says Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan.

"We did not sign anything official.

"We are like a loose coalition. We are like friends, under the roof of the opposition," the Umno supreme council member told reporters after speaking at the ceramah for MCA's candidate for Balakong, Tan Chee Teong, at Desa Baiduri.

“Politics is always dynamic. I cannot know something for sure,” he said, when asked if the three parties would form an official coalition.

Commenting on MCA's decision to use its own party logo for the Balakong by-election, Ahmad said the parties were testing the water by looking at the response of voters.

"We (Umno) are testing [the water] and doing research. I'm not wearing a Barisan Nasional shirt tonight. MCA is also testing.

"They are using their party logo to contest in an election for the very first time. Hopefully this Saturday, there will be some results," he said.

Ahmad urged residents here to support Tan in the coming by-election and said he hoped the voter turnout would hit 70%.

The Pontian MP, formerly the deputy finance minister, took a swipe at Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.

"He should be more careful and professional. There should not be so many flip-flops, uncertainties in issues related to Sales and Service Tax (SST)," he said.

"There shouldn't be errors in decimal points," he quipped.

Commenting on the acquittal of Lim and businesswoman Phang Li Koon on corruption charges earlier Monday, Ahmad said he was not surprised.

“Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he was shocked, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said it was shocked. They were shocked, maybe they think Lim is guilty. This is just my opinion,” he said.

“But I am not. I am not surprised. When Tommy Thomas became the Attorney General, I expected this,” he added.

Besides Ahmad, Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid also spoke at the ceramah, along with MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, Tan and other MCA leaders.
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