KUALA LUMPUR: Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa has dismissed a call from MCA for the party to be kicked out from Barisan Nasional for working with PAS, saying the call was “irrelevant”.
He said the cooperation between Umno and the Islamist party was based on the needs of the current situation and was evident during recent by-elections.
“It is not as if we are bringing PAS into Barisan because to do that, there must be a consensus in Barisan.
“As such, for MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai to say Umno ought to be kicked out from Barisan for working with PAS is irrelevant.
“I treat it as his personal opinion,” he said in a press conference at the Umno headquarters here on Monday (Sept 24).
Liow was reported as saying that any component party which did not live up to Barisan's principles of inclusiveness and moderation in multiethnic Malaysia ought to be kicked out.
Although he did not mention any party, it is understood that Liow was referring to Umno and MIC after their leaders attended the PAS Muktamar earlier this month.
Annuar added that Umno cooperated with PAS because it realised that no party could stand alone after the May 9 general election.
“Umno is reinventing itself and MCA should also do the same and the honourable way of doing it is to resign and make way for new leadership.
“Umno did that when Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak resigned as president,” he said.
Liow had announced that he would be stepping down as MCA president in November following the party's poor showing in the 14th general election.
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