KUALA LUMPUR: Leaders in the Barisan Nasional components parties have the right to express their views, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong over the MCA's call for a dissolution of the coalition.
“We respect the right of other leaders, they can say whatever they want… My duty is to convey the wishes of my party to the (Barisan) supreme council,” said the MCA president.
Dr Wee also said that it was not appropriate for Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to say that MCA should instead find ways to strengthen the party as it only has one seat in Parliament.
“This is not comparing how many MP seats you have. To revamp the political structure, I think every leader in the respective component parties should have their say,” he added.
Dr Wee reiterated that any decision made in Barisan must be made in consensus with all its component parties.
“We always treasure the spirit of togetherness. We make decisions not because of how much representation we have in Parliament,” he said to reporters at Parliament lobby on Monday (Dec 3).
Meanwhile, MCA vice-president Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker said that MCA suggested for the dissolution of Barisan because the coalition is no longer relevant to Malaysians.
“Even before Umno and PAS were close, many are asking me why the Chinese aren’t supporting Barisan, was it due to Umno?
“It’s not like we want to fight. We are like brothers. Now that Barisan is no longer the government, we are free to follow our instinct in our struggles. We are not radicals, MCA has always been a moderate platform,” he said.
“It’s time for us to dissolve Barisan. We can’t continue to be shackled by the burdens of other component parties.
“Barisan was founded based on the cooperation of a diverse society, this is Barisan’s symbol. When we dissolve Barisan, then Umno can form alliances with other parties with a new logo.
“The basis of Barisan is tolerance. But Umno’s ways isn’t in line with Barisan’s philosophy anymore. Each Barisan component party has its respective freedom to form new alliances based on their own philosophy in their struggle,” he added.
Earlier, Umno president Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said MCA's call for the dissolution of Barisan is respected but it needs the consensus of all partners.
“I will hold negotiations and discussions with the other four core parties," said he said.
Presently, Barisan consists of Umno, MCA, MIC, myPPP, and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS).
In MCA’s 65th annual general meeting on Sunday (Dec 2), Dr Wee said that the party’s central committee was authorised to pave the way for the dissolution of Barisan.
Together with Ummo and MIC, MCA formed the Alliance coalition and fought for the country’s independence in 1957.
In 1973, the Alliance was renamed Barisan Nasional and it ruled the country until it lost to Pakatan Harapan in the 14th General Election on May 9.