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Malaysia GE13: MCA says members must unite to regain Chinese support

Published on May 7, 2013 8:08 PM
Deputy MCA president Liow Tiong Lai (middle) with Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin (right) and MCA colleague Wee Ka Siong (left) at a Chinese School in Johor Baru on April 16, 2013. -- SPH PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN

KUALA LUMPUR - The deputy president of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) has said leaders and members of the party must unite to regain Chinese support, following its dismal performance in the general election.

Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said on Tuesday that MCA had struggled for 64 years and now the party's leadership had to face the challenge of ensuring that the party remain relevant, especially for the Chinese community in the country, Bernama news agency reported.

"It was a big blow to the party in the GE13. What we can do now is that all leaders and members of the party must be united to regain the community's support. We have to come back together,'' Mr Liow was quoted as saying.

"I pray the party can overcome the challenge. I believe we can go through the challenge ... I really hope we can be united," he added.

In the election, MCA only won seven parliamentary seats out of 37 and 11 state seats out of 90 it contested.

The results were worse for MCA this time compared to that in 2008, where it won 15 parliamentary seats out of 40 and 32 state seats out of 90 it contested.

On MCA's decision not to be part of the cabinet, Mr Liow said he respected the decision made by the party's top leadership.

"If offered (cabinet posts) by the prime minister, we will refer the matter to our party president (Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek) to decide.

"However, I will respect whatever decision made after this," he said.

Mr Liow said the party needed to study and improve on party leaders' and members' role in future to win back the Chinese community's support for MCA.

"Whatever it is, we will not keep quiet but will continue to look after the lot of the Chinese community and to ensure political stability and racial harmony in this country," he said.

Yesterday, Dr Chua reiterated that the party would not be accepting any post at the state or federal level as agreed upon at its extraordinary general meeting last year.

Dr Chua will also not be defending his party post in the MCA election scheduled for this year.