Mahathirism is back, says MCA president

MCA president Liow Tiong Lai. (AFP pic)

BANGI: MCA president Liow Tiong Lai today warned Malaysians the victory of Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the recent general election had brought back the legacy of Mahathirism.

Met at the Balakong MCA operations centre today, he said it was evident that no one in the PH coalition dared to stand up to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“This is especially so for Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng. The moment Mahathir says something, he will immediately take a step back.

“DAP promised to speak up against unfairness and things that are not right but looks like they are not doing so.

“Mahathir has made statements on many things but no one dares to speak up even when they know that something is not right,” he said, alluding to projects with China as an example.

“We feel heartsick looking at this. So let the Balakong by-election be a message from us, telling them (DAP) that we are not happy with PH because it has not managed to represent the people’s voice.

“We are not like Guan Eng. He has taken the community for a ride after he said he isn’t a Chinese and that he is a Malaysian.

“He forgot that it is not a shame to be a Chinese. I would say that I am Chinese and also a Malaysian.

“We want to fight and take on a multiracial approach to always live in harmony and be united.

“Don’t be racist and don’t turn Malaysians into racial or religious extremists,” he said.

Voting for the Balakong by-election will take place this Saturday. It is a straight contest between PH’s Wong Siew Ki and MCA’s Tan Chee Teong.

The Balakong seat fell vacant after its assemblyman, Eddie Ng, died in a car crash last month.

In the 14th general election, Ng obtained 41,768 votes while MCA’s Lim Chee Wah received 5,874 votes and PAS’ Mohamad Ibrahim Ghazali 6,230 votes.