AMPANG: MCA is free to leave Barisan Nasional (BN) if it is not interested in remaining as part of the coalition, Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin said today.
Khairy said the coalition would be able to find other parties interested in working with it.
“If you (MCA) are not keen to be with us, thank you and goodbye. We will find other parties.
“If you (MCA) want to work with us, we can sit together and strengthen BN together,” he told reporters after the opening of a gymnasium for children, called “We Rock The Spectrum” here today.
Khairy was asked to comment on a statement made by Kluang MCA chief Gan Ping Sieu, who was against MCA and PAS cooperating in the Sungai Kandis and Balakong by-elections, which he claimed went against BN’s stance.
“MCA does not need to campaign for PAS, and PAS does not need to campaign for us.
“This big mistake caused the Chinese community to be unforgiving towards us,” he was reported to have said.
“A referendum or a collective voice vote is needed to decide whether MCA needs to leave BN to strengthen the party, based on its own principles,” he had said.
Speaking further on the matter, Khairy said it is time for BN to find another Chinese-based party as MCA is now no longer popular after it managed to win only one seat in the last general election.
“MCA is not able to recover from that situation.
“Maybe the time has come to look around us on whether there are others who wish to come, especially those from among the Chinese community,” he said.
The former Umno Youth chief urged MCA to focus its efforts on strengthening the party first, especially in gearing up towards the next general election and not point fingers at other parties in BN, including Umno.