PETALING JAYA: MCA said the absence of a strong opposition is the reason the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government is able to break its election pledges.
The party’s vice-chairman Ong Chong Swen also said the absence of a strong opposition had also led to Putrajaya pursuing a plan to launch a third national car instead of fulfilling promises made prior to the May 9 polls.
“There is no strong opposition to play the effective role of check and balance in the government,” she said in a statement.
Governments, she said, must be checked and monitored, or risk becoming “autocratic and corrupt” administrations.
DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang had dismissed the notion of MCA playing the role of check and balance, saying the party needed to reform itself before it could be considered by voters.
“What role can MCA play? It is part of a 60-year Barisan Nasional (BN) government that has been involved in the abuse of power,” the DAP supremo was quoted as saying.
Lim had said this in response to remarks by MCA’s candidate for the Balakong by-election, Tan Chee Teong, who said he would play the role of check and balance in the state assembly and also push the government to fulfil its manifesto promises.
Ong said there were 56 seats in the Selangor state legislative assembly and the opposition only occupied five of them.
The distribution of power between the ruling and opposition parties, she said, was simply too disparate.
“When the ruling party is too strong and the opposition is too weak, it is unfavourable for the mutual supervision in the Selangor state legislative assembly,” she added.