Press Statement by MCA President Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi LekI wish to congratulate the Prime Minister for Barisan Nasional’s convincing victory in the 13th general election.I also wish to thank the people who had voted for MCA candidates and to all the campaigners and volunteers who had worked tirelessly for Barisan Nasional, especially for MCA.MCA respects and accept the decision of the voters. This is what democracy is all about.We support the Prime Minister’s call for national reconciliation and look forward to the work ahead.It is also clear that the voting was made along ethnic lines with the Chinese believing that the DAP can change the government.Voting the Chinese out of the State and Federal government will not help solve dissatisfaction with the government.
However I firmly believe that the Prime Minister will continue with its inclusive policy and continue to look after the interest of the Chinese community, particularly on Chinese education, culture and economics.I accept MCA’s losses and the party will not take up any government post at state and federal levels.This was in accordance to the unanimous decision approved at the party’s EGM and unanimously endorsed by the central committee.As the president of MCA, I have to stabilize the party under this difficult condition. I will convene a meeting of the Presidential Council and Central Committee to deliberate a direction of the party following the dismay results.At the same time, I have decided that I will not seek re-election in the upcoming party election.I appeal to MCA members to remain calm and united.Thank you
My Comments : I for one am really sad to see Dato Seri Chua Soi Lek go. He is a true Malaysian. He was a very capable Minister of Health and was well regarded by doctors and nurses all over the country.
The MCA has made up its mind that there shall not be any MCA representatives in the Cabinet or any of the BN controlled States in Malaysia where MCA is a partner. This will include Perlis, Kedah, Perak, Terengganu, Pahang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor.
This will be the first time in the history of Malaysia since 1955 that there will be absolutely no Chinese Ministers in Cabinet or Chinese EXCOs in eight States in the Peninsula.
I am sure that the Prime Minister, the Cabinet and the Government will continue to look after the interests of the Chinese community. This has nothing to do with whether many of them voted for the BN or not. That is party politics.
The Government and the Cabinet will look after the rights of the Chinese community just like any other community because they are all citizens of Malaysia. Period.