MCA is comfortable with the spirit of cooperation under Muafakat Nasional as this is based on positive universal values, says its president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
He stressed that it was not a formal coalition or pact and instead done based on the spirit of solidarity between Opposition parties to champion the welfare of the people.
“So far, there is no problem as it does not go against any universal value or the spirit of the Federal Constitution, ” he told reporters on the sidelines of the Umno General Assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre yesterday.
Opposition parties, including the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), he said, had cooperated under the same spirit on certain common issues.
“This is based on the spirit of solidarity and a sense of belonging. And we invite any other party from Sabah and Sarawak to join as well, ” he said.
Dr Wee said there was no reason for MCA to reject the spirit of cooperation under Muafakat Nasional which was described as inclusive.
“I do not think any Malaysian citizen with a multiracial background will reject this. It means that it is based on universal values, and we support it, ” he said.
Asked to comment on the call to institutionalise Muafakat Nasional, he said this must be realistic.
“We are not the government, and we are not forming another coalition.
“For me, as long as the spirit and values are based on universal values and the Federal Constitution, inclusiveness and moderation without sidelining the views of other races or religions, we support the spirit, ” he said.
MIC president Tan Sri SA Vigneswaran said he welcomed any form of cooperation under Muafakat Nasional.
“It will further strengthen our silaturrahim (brotherhood).
“If we want to work together until the next general election, we need to start a form of cooperation which is more systematic, ” he said.
MIC, he said, had no problem working with any party, including PAS, as Malaysia was a multiracial country.