3 December 2018
KUALA LUMPUR: Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has advised MCA to take stock of its position in the country if it wants to remain relevant, following its decision at the annual general meeting last night to pass a resolution for the dissolution of Barisan Nasional (BN).
“We respect the decision, and I am sure they know what needs to be done to strengthen their party,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby today.
“They have only one parliamentary seat, and what’s more, it is a Malay-majority seat.
“So they must know their actual position if they want to stay relevant in the country’s political landscape.”
The resolution passed by MCA last night was to make way for the formation of a more effective coalition.
MCA president Wee Ka Siong said only one delegate had disagreed with the move.
Zahid said the party leadership had proposed the dissolution of BN to him last week.
He added that he would discuss the matter with the other BN component parties.
“MCA must know that it has no right to propose the dissolution of BN, even though it was just a suggestion.
“They must know that any decision must be made with the consent of other parties, too.”
Meanwhile, Umno secretary-general Annuar Musa said it would in fact be easier if MCA left the coalition.
He added that MCA was not part of the decision-making process.
KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 3): MCA’s proposal for Barisan Nasional to be dissolved has put other coalition members in an ‘awkward’ position, said Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa.
This, Annuar said, is because MCA has remained a senior member in the now-opposition coalition, and has not formally exited BN.
“It will be easier if MCA exits [BN]. We can make a decision [on BN’s future direction] without consulting MCA. I am sure we have many other options [aside from dissolution].
“But if we want to continue as we are, knowing very well that one of our senior partners (MCA) does not agree… That puts everyone in an awkward position,” Annuar said.
He was commenting on a statement by MCA president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong proposing that BN be dissolved, and that the Chinese-based party intends to leave the coalition.
Annuar said the dissolution of BN is “not an urgent matter” presently, as the process will not bring back the public’s votes to member parties.
“Umno’s priority right now is to strengthen the party itself, then only think about the coalition. Individual parties have to reinvent themselves [as well],” he said. “It is not the dissolution that is important. Where are we going? Dissolution will not solve the question of how do we move forward. You are not going to win the [next] election just by dissolving [BN].”
BN has been struggling to stay united, following its surprise defeat in the 14th general election in May — its first electoral loss at the national level since it was first formed. MCA and Umno, alongside MIC, are the three founding members of BN, which was previously named Alliance during the pre-independence days.