KUALA LUMPUR. Feb 20 — The MCA cannot claim to represent the Chinese community if the party refuses to contest in Chinese-majority seats, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said today.
The DAP leader accused the MCA of being hypocritical when they said they represented the Chinese community, but benefited from Malay voters in several constituencies.
“For the first time, all the three most important leaders of MCA from president, deputy president and secretary-general will be depending on Umno’s votes to get elected as MP and then to become a Minister,” he said in a statement here today.
“Are MCA leaders not ashamed that they do not practice what they preach by not contesting in seats with more than 50 per cent Chinese voters?” Lim added.
Lim used the examples of the Bentong, Ayer Hitam and Tanjung Malim constituencies where MCA president and Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, MCA deputy president and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong and MCA secretary-general and Second Minister for Trade and Industry, Datuk Ong Ka Chuan are the respective MPs.
He pointed that the biggest ethnic bloc of voters in all three constituencies were Malay voters at 46.1 per cent in Bentong, 57.6 per cent in Ayer Hitam and 55.4 per cent in Tanjung Malim.
“In fact, in Malay voters represent the largest ethnic group in six of the seven parliamentary constituencies won by MCA in the 13th General Elections.”