Analysts split on MCA’s chances without BN

Analysts Azizuddin Mohd Sani, Lim Teck Ghee and James Chin.

PETALING JAYA: Political analysts have expressed mixed reactions to MCA’s chances of survival without Barisan Nasional (BN), following the resolution passed by the party to dissolve the coalition at its annual general meeting on Sunday.

Universiti Utara Malaysia analyst Azizuddin Mohd Sani said MCA had zero chance of surviving without forming a new coalition with a party that had strong support from the Malay community.

“Even if they want to forge a new coalition, leading it will be a problem as the most dominant parties are usually those supported by the Malays,” he told FMT.

He said leaving BN would only weaken MCA more as it was a Chinese-based party dependent on Chinese support.

Centre for Policy Initiatives chief executive Lim Teck Ghee meanwhile said whether MCA left BN or dissolved it made little difference to the party’s future position.

He advised MCA to concentrate on a multiracial agenda instead of continuing its focus on the Chinese community.

“To retain a modicum of decency and self-respect, MCA needs to reject any return to a race-oriented coalition dominated by a party such as Umno,” he said.

“It must use its resources and any remaining clout for a genuinely multiracial agenda and clean governance.”

However, he cautioned that this could be difficult given the party’s direction over the past few decades.

James Chin from the University of Tasmania warned that the Chinese community was “punishing” former prime minister Najib Razak and all those associated with the previous BN government.

Because of this, he said, MCA must rebuild itself by electing new leaders who had no links to the former administration.

“MCA will take at least 10 years to rebuild, but if they keep electing the same leaders, it could take 15 or even 20 years,” he told FMT.

On Sunday, MCA passed a resolution for the dissolution of BN to pave the way for a more effective coalition. The resolution was passed by the central delegates, with only one of them disagreeing.

Several other component parties have already left following BN’s dismal performance in the May 9 polls, including Gerakan, MyPPP and a number of Sarawak-based parties.

If MCA left BN as well, or if the coalition was dissolved, Azizuddin said the party must explain its new direction to the people.

“Voters who voted for MCA will want to know, and have the right to know, its new focus and direction.

“Without this, dissolving or leaving BN will not benefit the party.”