Kit Siang: MCA not suited for check and balance role

DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang.

BANGI: DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang today dismissed the notion of MCA playing the role of check and balance, saying the party needs to reform itself before it can be considered by voters.

“At present, what is important is to change the abuse of power that has been going on for 60 years,” he said. “That is more crucial than what MCA said (about checks and balances).

“What role can MCA play? It is part of a 60-year Barisan Nasional (BN) government that has been involved in abuse of power.”

Speaking to reporters after a talk at a coffee shop here today, he said Pakatan Harapan (PH) wanted to eliminate all such practices.

“We want to start anew, on a clean slate. We cannot backtrack.

“We agree with the concept of check and balance, but MCA cannot play this role.”

Also present at the talk were PH’s candidate for the Balakong by-election Wong Siew Ki and Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah.

Lim, who is Iskandar Puteri MP, said MCA needed to “come clean and condemn (former prime minister) Najib Razak and 1MDB” before it could be considered by voters, adding that it had so far failed to do so.

Tan Chee Teong, MCA’s candidate for the Balakong by-election, had voiced his aim to be a check and balance in the state assembly.

He said he would also push the government to make good on its manifesto.

However, Wong reportedly shot down Tan’s manifesto, saying PH did not need MCA to serve as a check and balance in Selangor.

The Balakong seat fell vacant following the death of its assemblyman, Eddie Ng of DAP, in an accident on the Grand Saga Expressway on July 20.

The by-election will be held on Sept 8.