KUANTAN: MCA president Liow Tiong Lai has dismissed the notion of a “Chinese tsunami” in the 14th general election (GE14), saying the community knows who they can depend on to look after their interests and well-being.
Speaking to Bernama, he said the people were now able to differentiate between “glass and diamond”.
“We have learned from mistakes and realise the weaknesses in the last general election (GE13). The loss of the Chinese support in the last GE was also because of problems in MCA.
“That is why when I took over the (party) leadership at the end of 2013, the first thing I did was to carry out a party transformation until the grassroots level.
“The transformation was crucial to restoring the support of the people, especially the Chinese voters,” he told Bernama.
Liow said as a result of the transformation, MCA members were more united and there were no more camps or factions within the party, which had helped restore the Chinese confidence in MCA.
“We want to clarify to the people that MCA is not merely a passenger in the Barisan Nasional (BN) “ship” which does not contribute to the country. Instead, the party has its own strength which contributes to BN’s success,” he said.
To further strengthen the party, he said, MCA had also forged diplomatic relations with political parties in other countries, such as China, Thailand and Indonesia, like Umno with Golkar in Indonesia.
He said these political relations had also helped enhance the ties between Malaysia and other countries, especially China.
“The initiative by MCA in signing the declaration for the Belt and Road programme between Malaysia and China has attracted the interest of foreign investors and opened business opportunities, hence contributing to the country’s economic growth.
“In this matter, MCA serves as a bridge between Malaysia and China, but it does not mean that we are selling our sovereignty to the republic as claimed by the opposition.”
He said the success in getting more investors from China to invest in Malaysia had helped stir the country’s economic growth, which was at 5.9% last year and among the highest in the world.
“It is these successes that have restored the support of the Chinese community for BN, by explaining to them the policies implemented by the government.
“Now, they are more clear that the government is inclusive and also looks after the interests of the Chinese community.”
Liow said MCA’s close relations with Gerakan was also another important factor in restoring the confidence of the Chinese community in BN.
Through this close relationship, he said, the people would be able to gauge that MCA was serious about fostering racial unity.