I am responding to calls by party leaders that MCA leaders should work together.
I must emphasize that I can work with anybody including the President Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat. I have said this openly in the last year’s general assembly.
The President and me are elected by Central Delegates. We have to work together to fulfill the trusts and confidence placed on us.
The President and Deputy President working together is not an option but a necessity. This is something that MCA members and the Chinese community look forward to. This is the only way that MCA and BN can work together to strengthen the coalition.
I respect all those elected including the President. In the same way, I expect them to accord the same respect to the chair of Deputy President.
After my appointment as the chairman of MCA Government Policy Monitoring Bureau, the bureau has been working actively with 6 meetings and 6 press conferences. This shows that I take my work seriously.
I have a responsibility to the central celegates as a Deputy President. They voted for me and I have to demonstrate that I deserve their support.
MCA members and delegates and the Chinese community are mature enough to know that the party problem is not created by me. Cooperation and closing rank need sincerity and positive action, not just lip service and slogan shouting.
I am fully aware of my responsibility to the party and the Chinese community. I will not let minor issue distract my work. I have spent 25 years servicing the party and the community. In no way I will destroy the party.
I will work with anyone who can effectively transform MCA to meet the high expectation of the Chinese and the rakyat.