KUALA LUMPUR: Any stand that MCA takes which differs from Umno should not be construed as being disloyal to Barisan Nasional.
“However, we are not blind followers, we will continue to articulate the hopes, fears, expectations and frustrations of the various communities in Malaysia,” said party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek at the opening of the MCA 57th annual general meeting at Wisma MCA here on Sunday.
“As such, there will be occasions when MCA will take a different stand from Umno.”
Dr Chua said MCA had only one agenda, which was to make Barisan the “party” of choice by the people.
Dr Chua said MCA must be sensitive to the needs and aspirations of the people; and the party would continue to be their voice in the Government and have a role to play in the Government.
The party, he added, would continue to stay relevant to issues, and would be more high-profiled in its bid to push forward its agenda in resolving the various issues confronting the people.
Expressing his concern over certain quarters from both sides of the political divide playing up racial and religious issues of late, Dr Chua said the party strongly condemned such action.
He appealed to all politicians concerned to reject those who thrived on racialism.
Dr Chua said he was confident that the people would continue to support Barisan under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s leadership if the coalition took the middle path and embraced all races.
He was confident that the voices of extremism, regardless of any race or religion, would become a minority under the policy of inclusiveness under the 1Malaysia concept.
Meanwhile, Dr Chua said the youngsters in particular would not want to be told to be grateful that their parents were accorded citizenship, or worse still, be referred to as pendatang.
Dr Chua said about four million Malaysians over the age of 21 had yet to register as voters, and they played a crucial role in deciding the next Federal Government.
THE STAR (Sunday October 10, 2010)