14 March 2018
Get your facts right before humiliating, insulting us, MCA tells Zahid
MCA has reminded Umno No. 2 Ahmad Zahid Hamidi of the Barisan Nasional spirit of mutual respect between component members, following a public ticking-off from the Malay party leader over its no-show at an event organised by the coalition.
In the first place, said MCA Youth Legal Bureau chief Ng Kian Nam, the Chinese party had neither been invited to nor notified of the event in Rembau.
“The MCA state secretariat did not receive an invitation. We were not absent on purpose,” said Ng.
He said Zahid, as the second man in BN, should have made sure he had all the facts before making accusations.
“I think there must be basic mutual respect between BN component parties; leaders must uphold the BN spirit. Please try to understand what has happened before speaking out – don’t simply humiliate or accuse component parties,” said Ng.
“It is not right to accuse us of not making an effort to attend the event without first knowing the reason for our absence.”
In a China Press report today, MCA president Liow Tiong Lai had blamed the party’s non-appearance at the BN event on a “communication error”.
He said he had instructed Negri Sembilan MCA to submit a report on the matter.
Liow had also said that it was not appropriate for Zahid to accuse MCA before finding out the reason for its absence at the event.
Sinchew Daily reported Negri Sembilan MCA chairman King Lim Chin Fui as saying that the MCA state secretariat had not received notice of the event.
13 March 2018
Umno upstages MCA as Zahid visits Bandar Tun Razak
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi may have been the guest of honour at the launch of BN’s election machinery in Bandar Tun Razak last night, but the 800-strong crowd were chanting a different name – “Rizalman.”
Deafening chants, some lasting several minutes, rang out every time Umno Bandar Tun Razak division chairperson Rizalman Mokhtar’s name was read out.
With so much focus on Rizalman, it was easy to overlook the presence of the constituency’s BN chairperson Chew Yin Keen onstage.
Nor was Chew heard, as he was not allocated a slot to speak at the event…
Playing to the gallery, Zahid declared Rizalman the “hero” who would help return the constituency to BN after two successive defeats to PKR.
“Nine years we have been suffering in the gutter, this is the time to return Bandar Tun Razak into the hands of BN.
“I believe this is our hero, Rizalman,” he said, before the chants rang out again.
Despite MCA’s insistence that it should contest Bandar Tun Razak, Rizalman has made no secret of his view that Umno is better poised at winning the Malay-majority seat, and that MCA should make way after losing twice to PKR.
Before becoming an independent, former Selangor menteri besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim wrested the seat from former MCA vice-president Tan Chai Ho in 2008, and held onto the seat in 2013.
Prior to losing the seat, Tan had held Bandar Tun Razak for three consecutive terms.
After calling Rizalman a hero, Zahid advised Chew (centre in photo) and MCA to “work hard” to win over Chinese voters to BN.
“Twice we have given MCA this seat, isn’t that true?
“Who did the work? Umno did.
“But Chew, never mind, we will close this old chapter. The problem is not big, no problem.
“Now we have a new book, a new chapter. You have to work hard,” he said.
Later, after the event, Chew stressed that Zahid’s remarks were not an indication that MCA would lose the seat, and insisted that the party would continue to helm it unless the coalition’s leadership decided otherwise.
“This is MCA’s area… this is MCA’s seat.