Win 15 seats if you want to keep cabinet posts, PM tells MCA

Gan Pei Ling

Prime Minister Najib Razak at MCA's 64th annual general assembly, where he challenged the party to win at least 15 federal seats at the next elections. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Seth Akmal, November 5, 2017.

BARISAN Nasional chairman Najib Razak has thrown the gauntlet at MCA, challenging its oldest coalition partner to win at least 15 federal seats to justify its number of cabinet posts.

Speaking at MCA’s 64th annual general assembly, Najib reminded the Chinese party that it only has seven MPs now.

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  • Ooi najib,MCA is right minded chinese will support this stupid hopeless boot licking party..that goes to your umno too.

    Posted 5 years ago by Ali Along

  • MCA die because Mahathir take away Malay votes, not they will lose more Chinese votes. Boss make problem but ms chai have to win for him?

    Posted 5 years ago by Bigjoe Lam

  • MCA die because Mahathir take away Malay votes, not they will lose more Chinese votes. Boss make problem but machai have to win for him?

    Posted 5 years ago by Bigjoe Lam

  • He said the Chinese community should not complain about government allocations given to the Malays or other ethnic groups because they voted for BN.

    Reciprocally, those who do not get allocations from the BN government because they did not vote for the BN, should be exempted from paying taxes to the BN government. Do this by passing a law in parliament so that it is legal. At present, it is illegal and simply a bullying tactic to force people to vote for the BN. Do the teachings of Islam allow for such bullying?

    Posted 5 years ago by Ravinder Singh

  • Under the present circumstance, I say MCA will safely get 20 seats if Najib undur.

    Posted 5 years ago by Tanahair Ku

  • Najib does not get the Chinese. Most of them don't need the government to support them because they've been in the trenches bathed in mud, blood, sweat and toil for so long now. Threatening to reduce their political representation in the cabinet is like pointing a gun to their heads and demanding they support corruption and abuse of power. They don't like to be shot, but it's a chance they are willing, have been willing, to take for the sake of the nation. Malaysian Chinese are patriots. There is no other country they'd rather call home. When one is a patriot and one knows something is wrong in the country, one stands and fight instead of quietly accept being counted as second or third class citizen. How best to show their commitment as a good citizen? They are not locusts - eat, waste and leave. This is home. This is where they stand the ground.

    And this time, they are positive that change may come. The current Harapan Presidential Council is far more cohesive than they will ever be. Every party agrees on Anwar becoming the eventual PM. Their policy platform is also in place, and not in dispute, unlike with PAS. Najib talks big as if UMNO will definitely win the next election and therefore cabinet positions are for him to give. In reality, UMNO's position is shaky, and he needs MCA, Gerakan, MIC etc and step up and be counted. He didn't need to make this move until he was checkmated by Harapan. For the past month or two, they have been scrambling on the moderation theme. You hardly hear anything about islamic extremism today, except occasional faux pas by Hadi Awang. No one (UMNO surrogate) has said anything remotely racist of late. Why? Unfortunately it's nothing to do with change of heart. They do this because their ultra-religious/ultra-racist platform has been badly neutralised by Harapan sorting out their Malay leadership. So don't for one moment think Malaysia is turning a new leaf. Far from that, it is just another cynical play at people's emotion, like what 1Malaysia is about.

    Najib hopes that the Chinese may ask - so if UMNO is weak, wouldn't this be the best time to shore up MCA and Gerakan and have some influence? Sorry, they've been down this road before and it didn't work. I think they finally understand as long as UMNO stays in power, MCA and Gerakan will remain loyal pets with no ability to assert their influence at all. The only way to fight corruption is to instil the fear of God, that is, the fear of losing power. MCA should have been able to do that once upon the time when they were a great deal more influential. Today's MCA and Gerakan, they don't even dare to threaten to leave as a matter of principle because they will instantly transform from walking dead to persona non grata. So, even if it is tempting to think that the Chinese can assert influence over the government when UMNO is weakened, it won't change anything. It'll be votes wasted on MCA and Gerakan.

    Long story short, the Chinese as strategic voters are thinking long term and time is not on BN's side. Do what you want to them. Harrass their business, tax them more, close down vernacular schools, withhold business licences etc. They are resilient people. They will survive. BN will not.

    Posted 5 years ago by Quigon Bond