On the path of inclusiveness

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA will contest the 15th General Election under Barisan Nasional and may join forces with others if necessary, says party president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

Reiterating that Barisan component parties included MCA, Umno and MIC, Dr Wee said the party would ensure the coalition continued its path of inclusiveness.

“Since its formation, we have gone through thick and thin in an ever-changing political environment.

“Barisan upholds multiculturalism, moderation and inclusiveness that are in line with MCA’s stance.

“So for the coming GE15, MCA will stand with Barisan and other parties to strengthen the voices of multiculturalism, moderation and defend this very system in the country, ” he said when opening the party’s 67th annual general meeting (AGM) yesterday.

The AGM was held after the party’s 72nd anniversary celebrations held virtually for the first time this year with limited physical representatives at the San Choon Hall at Wisma MCA here.

Dr Wee said even though MCA was a Chinese-based party, its approach had always been to serve and care for the entire nation since its founding.

“In the coming elections, it is no longer a one-to-one fight. We must look for suitable partners and take the multicultural approach, ” he said.

Describing the GE15 as an “election of life-or-death for MCA”, he said the party’s preparedness in facing the elections was vital.

“Our first and foremost task is to win more seats, have bigger voices and strengthen our party, ” he said while reminding all party members to start preparing “as soon as possible”.

Dr Wee also urged for support from the Chinese community to ensure more voices in Parliament and state assemblies and negotiation power to solve the people’s woes.

“I hope the Chinese community will give us an opportunity by not putting all eggs in one basket and allow a balanced political development. This will prevent the community from being marginalised in the country’s mainstream politics, ” he said.

The Ayer Hitam MP and Transport Minister said even though MCA was now part of the ruling coalition, the situation was different as it was no longer a Barisan-led government.

“We remain consistent in our political struggles, be it in the government or opposition.

“MCA will continue to defend the core values, ” he said, adding that the party would be pragmatic and not seek to be populist.

On party matters, Dr Wee said aspiring MCA candidates for the next election must lead with practical action and not just be “all talk”.

He said the people were now political savvy and able to judge elected representatives who had served them well.

“We must let the voters know our strengths and sincerity, as well as perform our responsibilities diligently.

“Within the party, we must strengthen our organisation and cultivate camaraderie with the grassroots, ” he said.

Dr Wee also reminded party leaders to stand united and not get involved in internal bickering or mudslinging.

“This is the ‘tumour’ which we must avoid and eliminate, ” he said.

On DAP, he said they were not consistent with their words and actions and completely forgot about the promises they made when they were part of the government.

Dr Wee noted that the future political climate would no longer be a single political party to rule-it-all but multiple parties vying against each other.

“MCA can no longer adopt the old model and mindset. We must move with the times to truly understand the people’s aspirations in order to win back their support and mandate, ” he said.

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