KUALA LUMPUR: The Tanjung Piai by-election was the "first and real test" for Muafakat Nasional and the alliance between Umno and PAS scored "A1", says Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He said Barisan's victory in the polls showed that it was a referendum for the people.
“If we can keep up the good momentum by continuing the cooperation and strengthening collaborations with all Barisan component parties, I am sure we will be elected as government again in GE15, ” he said in his speech at the MCA annual general assembly on Sunday (Dec 1).
Zahid also said that he was “watching” and will take action against disloyal party members when the time is right.
“Don’t expect me to sign the letters of authority (watikah) for those who are disloyal to the party to contest later.
“Keeping quiet does not mean I don’t know or am not going to take action, ” he said.
In the Barisan spirit, Zahid, who is Umno president, said in his speech that the coalition is fully behind MCA in defending the Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) because in education, “there is no political agenda, race or religious concerns.”
“We know about the various oppressions by the government on TAR UC and its leadership that have been unreasonable and seemingly attempted to paint a picture of MCA being unfit to manage the institution.
“In the name of Barisan, we fully support MCA in its fight for the institution.
“I have faith that MCA will have the perseverance to take them all on, ” he said.
The core of Barisan, he said, remained intact with the main component parties of Umno, MCA and MIC throughout the decades.
“When the coalition was formed in the past, Umno, MCA and MIC were the important components of Barisan that negotiated with the British for the country's independence.
“When Barisan was defeated in the last general election, the core parties still remain.
“This shows that we are friends in need for each other in Barisan, ” he said, adding that the defeat was a challenge by God on Barisan’s resilience.
Earlier, when delivering his speech, Zahid said: "I am Zahid Hamidi. I am a Malay. They are Chinese (referring to the MCA leaders on stage). We are Malaysians. We are family."
Having been raised by a Chinese foster father and his Hainanese family for six years, Zahid's brief but compendious greeting in Mandarin received loud applause from the 1,500 delegates during the AGM.
Also present were Barisan deputy chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, MIC deputy president Datuk Seri M. Saravanan and several other Barisan leaders.
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