Chua: MCA won’t stop members from attending Perkasa events

(The Star) – The MCA will not stop its members from attending future Perkasa events, says party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.

He said there were some Opposition leaders who wanted to link the MCA with the Malay rights group but the party will not issue any order prohibiting its members from going for Perkasa’s events.

“We won’t do such a thing, unlike some parties who claim to be democratic but prevent certain media from covering their activities,” he told a press conference after a cheque presentation ceremony to the Malaysian Youth Volunteers (MyCorps) here Friday.

Dr Chua said this following a Chinese New Year open house organised by Perkasa last Sunday, when its president Datuk Ibrahim Ali distributed white angpows to those present – a move reserved for funerals in the Chinese culture.

MCA Sri Desa branch chairman Collin Tiew, who translated Ibrahim’s speech at the event, resigned from all his posts in the party following the incident.

“I thank him (Tiew) for that because he acted responsibly. At no time was he representing MCA when he attended the event,” Dr Chua said.