JOHOR BARU: MCA's recent success in the Melaka election is a signal that the Chinese community is now ready to rally behind Barisan Nasional in the 15th General Election (GE15), says state MCA government coordinating affairs chairman Michael Tay.
Tay said that the success also shows that voters prefer MCA’s candidates over Pakatan’s.
"MCA has been together with Umno for over 60 years now, and we have always been the voice for the Chinese community in the country," he said.
"People might call me old-fashioned, but I still like to stick with my agenda of uniting the Malay, Chinese, and Indian communities," added Tay.
Tay said that this was what voters should strive for in GE15 to get a strong, stable government that could understand and fulfil the needs of all Malaysians as a whole.
"Malay and Indian voters also prefer MCA as they can see our sincerity in wanting to be part of something bigger and better, not only for the Chinese but for all Malaysians regardless of race and religion," he added.
Speaking when met at his office on Friday (Nov 26), Tay added that people had also grown tired of Pakatan’s empty words and hidden agenda and had vented their frustration for being neglected during their time in office.
"All they can do is go on social media and point out every mistake they can find without providing any solutions," said Tay.
When asked whether he would contest in GE15, Tay said that he would not mind doing so if an opportunity was offered by the party.
"But at the same time, I would not mind if I do not get an offer to be a candidate, because then who would continue doing what I do here," he said.
Tay, who was also the Johor Baru MCA public complaints bureau chief, said that he had been handling Ah Long or loan shark cases for over ten years, assisting all victims regardless of race and added that he was grateful that he could provide a service for them.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated matter, Tay informed that he would be writing a letter of appeal to the Immigration Department for them to provide a better waiting centre for the foreigners that were coming for the Labour Recalibration Plan and Repatriation Recalibration Programme at the immigration office in Jalan Ayer Molek here.
"The programme was introduced last year and due to the Movement Control Order (MCO), the number of applications was small, but now since we are in Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), there has been an influx of people coming in," said Tay.
"The programme is scheduled to end by Dec 31 this year, so we hope that the department can do something in between so that those who are coming are following the SOPs and not loitering around at the opposite building in Menara TJB," he added.
As for Menara TJB manager Lee Choon Ming, he said that there were about 200 people waiting at the ground floor of the premises as they were not allowed to enter the Immigration building.
"The people are sleeping on the sidewalk while waiting for their turn, and the number will be higher, especially when it rains, as these foreign workers are sheltering in the building lobby," said Lee.
"We hope that the immigration department could help us by providing them with at least a waiting tent outside their office that is in line with the SOP’s," he added.