KUALA LUMPUR: Those who aspire to be candidates in the coming general election must be practical and not just make noise, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The MCA president said the people need elected representatives who are willing to put in the effort to work for the people.
“Listen! For those who want to be candidates in the next general election, we must take practical steps and not just make noise.
“We must let others outside the party see our strengths, sincerity, and responsibility. Within the party, we must strengthen our organisation and cultivate camaraderie with the grassroots.
“If we just keep shouting on the outside in an attempt to get selected as candidates but do not bother to work in our constituencies and not put in the hard work, our efforts will eventually be wasted even when we finally get to stand in the elections, ” he said when opening the party’s 67th annual general meeting at Wisma MCA here on Sunday (March 7).
For those who have the opportunities to be candidates, Dr Wee said they are the frontliners of the party.
“I hope you will portray a good image, enrich yourself, be well informed of the latest developments and win the people’s hearts, ” he said, adding that MCA needs to unite all members and energise to help the party triumph in the coming elections.
“We cannot afford to get involved in bickering or mudslinging; this is the “tumour” or “virus” in the party which we must avoid and eliminate.
“Let’s not lose in the general election due to bickering for the party election, ” he added.
Dr Wee also advised possible candidates to learn from the mistakes and failures of Pakatan Harapan, saying that a political coalition that relies on a single ethnic group’s support to rule will only lead to an imbalanced political system and ethnic relations in a multicultural society.
“Such a government will not be able to rule effectively and the discord in ethnic relations will affect governance and destroy the peace and harmony that this country has long enjoyed.
“The Pakatan government is the best example. In GE14, only a minority of Malay voters supported them. Even though DAP received 42 seats, it kept making mistakes that the emotions of the Malay voters became unsettled.
“They continued to walk on the edge and when they had failed to fulfil their election manifesto, they just kept looking for excuses to cover their failures. “They had failed to remain consistent with their words and actions and completely forgot about the promises they had made when they became the government, ” he added.
Moving forward in politics amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr Wee said the future political environment will no longer be a single political party rule-it-all but multiple parties vying against each other.
“Currently, there are many political coalitions in our country and many of them have experience in both serving in government and in the opposition.
“Therefore, MCA can no longer compete with the old model and mindset. We must move with the times to truly understand the people’s views and be their best option in order to win back their support and mandate.
“In a multicultural, multireligious and multilingual society with different values, we must cultivate inter-racial harmony to promote trust and respect. We must continue the understanding, not raise tensions.
“Racial friction is the biggest failure of the previous government. Interracial relations is the most important issue in ensuring economic vibrancy, political stability, social improvements, and development, ” he added.