During the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) Selangor 2018 convention on 23rd September, MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has warned UMNO that they would either disband Barisan Nasional (BN) or kick UMNO out of BN if they continue to adopt the approach in which are racial and religious in nature.
“The first option is to dissolve Barisan Nasional as it will no longer be a harmonious gathering of races. The second option is to kick out Umno.
“We (MCA) are a party which practices moderation. So why should we leave BN? Why can’t we kick out UMNO?” he said.
When asked about his views on UMNO’s new cooperation with PAS, Liow says that MCA does not agree with the new direction. He believes that BN is a moderate party, as with MCA, and if they can cooperate only on specific issues, it is acceptable. After all, both parties are now part of the opposition according to him.
“UMNO gave their assurance that they (UMNO and PAS) would only work together on certain issues and would not form a merger.
“I have actually stated this stand to UMNO, that we disagree with any alliance or efforts to steer the party (UMNO), specifically as a BN component party, towards race and religion,” he said.
UMNO president, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was the one who brought both parties closer together by formally attending PAS’ muktamar in Kuala Terengganu, though such actions may have led to some backlashes including the leaving of two of its senior leaders less than 24-hours apart.
Since then, PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan has said that the party’s (MCA) threats to UMNO and BN to be unrealistic, being quoted by New Straits Times as “afraid of its own shadow”.
“MCA should not focus on (threatening) Pas just because it is afraid of losing Chinese support. MCA is saying that (the move) does not take into account the reality of an inclusive community and does not place importance on racial harmony in the country,” he said in a statement.
PAS is always open to working with anyone, including MCA, for the sake of the country and its people, Takiyuddin said.