Academic: Nothing wrong with saying MCA unsuited for check and balance

DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang sparked a backlash from MCA leaders after dismissing the party’s ability to act as a check and balance in Selangor.

PETALING JAYA: An academic says DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang’s assertion that MCA is presently incapable of acting as a check and balance is a fair comment as the party still has a long way to go before it can take on the role.

Political analyst Awang Azman Awang Pawi agreed with Lim, saying MCA needed to focus on rebuilding the party first.

“To me, what Lim said was fair comment. And I don’t think he was being condescending,” he told FMT when contacted.

Awang Azman was asked to comment on Lim’s statement that MCA needed to reform itself before it could be considered by voters.

The DAP supremo had made the comment while on the Balakong campaign trail with Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate Wong Siew Ki.

He came under fire from MCA leaders who said his words were both ridiculous and demeaning towards the Barisan Nasional (BN) component party.

Although Awang Azman agreed with Lim’s assessment of the situation, he advised DAP and PH as a whole to be more open to criticism and to respect freedom of speech.

“This is in line with whatever DAP has been speaking out on all this while. BN needs checks and balances as well, simply because in a democracy, checks and balances are needed.

“To be in constant denial, to deny the elephant in the room, is a denial of political realities.

“This is why DAP and PH need to be more realistic and open to criticism from among the people, the opposition or even from within the coalition itself.”

The issue surfaced after MCA’s Balakong candidate Tan Chee Teong voiced his aim to be a check and balance in the state assembly as part of his manifesto.

This was shot down by Wong, who said PH did not need MCA to play that role.

On the by-election which will be held on Sept 8, Awang Azman said PH appeared confident of retaining the seat, widely considered to be a DAP stronghold.

Tan and Wong are engaged in a straight fight for the Balakong state seat, which fell vacant following the death of its assemblyman Eddie Ng Tien Chee in an accident on July 20.