MCA will sink or swim with Umno, says its Perak chief

(The Star) – Perak MCA elected representatives will not abandon Barisan Nasional, said its chairman Datuk Kong Cho Ha.

“Since the time MCA formed an alliance with Umno, it has always remained with Umno in good times and in bad, and that will continue,” he said.

This, he said, was relayed to deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during a meeting with Barisan representatives following the defection of Bota assemblyman Datuk Nasarudin Hashim.

On Sunday, Nasarudin announced that he was joining PKR.

Chenderiang assemblyman Dr Mah Hang Soon said all those present at the meeting had unanimously pledged their loyalty to the Barisan.

He noted that Kubu Gajah assemblyman Datuk Seri Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar, the only assemblyman absent, had called from Medan in Indonesia where he was holidaying with his family to pledge his allegiance.

Asked whether their pledge was made in writing, Dr Mah said there was no need to.

“As a Yang Berhormat and a person with dignity, we always honour our word,” he said.

He quashed rumours that Lintang assemblyman Datuk Ahamad Pakeh Adam was joining the Pakatan.

Perak MCA secretary and Kampar MP Datuk Lee Chee Leong, who also attended the meeting, said: “There is no such thing that more Barisan assemblymen would cross over to PKR as claimed by its adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.”