Nothing wrong in Umno-PAS by-election pact, says MCA

MCA president Wee Ka Siong says there is a difference between solidarity within the opposition and a merger involving the parties.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) today said there is nothing wrong with Umno and PAS cooperating to defeat a common rival in the upcoming Semenyih by-election.

MCA president Wee Ka Siong said there was a difference between solidarity within the opposition and a merger involving the parties.

“For instance, if a party wants to fight corruption, I can’t say we have a different ideology. This is a common value that all of us must uphold.

“Even in the past, the opposition used to accept collaboration and cooperation. I don’t see the difference when in the past, DAP and PAS worked very well together,” he said at the MCA’s Chinese New Year open house at Wisma MCA.

Now, he said, Umno and PAS were keen to work with one another without merging into a single party.

“If I want to go for one constituency, the other party says it will not contest the election there to avoid a three-cornered fight,” he said.

Citing examples from 2008 and 2013, Wee said PAS did not contest in DAP areas. “The two parties decided to have a single candidate. What’s wrong with that?” he asked.

In October, MCA had said it would not hesitate to cut ties with Umno if the latter proceeded to partner with PAS without prior discussions with Barisan Nasional component parties.