Soi Lek slams opposition for hijacking rally to topple Govt


(The Star) – MCA regrets the Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28 was hijacked by the Opposition to topple the Government.

Party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said the Opposition might as well organise the next Bersih rally and not hide behind any non-governmental organisation label.

“Just say it is a demonstration with political motive,” he said.

“It was obvious Bersih had been used by opposition parties and it (the rally) might as well be taken over by the parties,” Dr Chua said after chairing the MCA presidential council meeting here yesterday.

The Bersih rally, initially touted as a peaceful sit-in rally, descended into chaos when demonstrators broke through the barricades and rushed into Dataran Merdeka.

Dr Chua said there was evidence, as seen on YouTube, of attempts to overthrow the Government and netizens had linked the Bersih rally to the Arab Spring.

He said people could make their point without entering Dataran Merdeka as the court had ordered it to be out-of-bounds for any mass protest.

To a question, he said MCA was not concerned that there were more Chinese participants (than in previous rallies) and that the party did not make any ruling to stop party members from joining the gathering.

On how MCA aimed to promote a clean and fair election, Dr Chua said the party supported the Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reforms, which agreed to all – except four – recommendations.

He called on the police to identify the policemen who had acted violently against journalists, those who had acted aggressively against the police and those who had destroyed public property.

Regarding the main campaign issues for the next general election, he said “bread-and-butter” issues would be the priority.

He said the rakyat needs to support the Government’s transformation programme in order for the country to achieve a 6% growth and to become a high-income nation by 2020.

“Pakatan Rakyat cannot just talk about the economy by reducing corruption and not make the country into a high-income nation,” he said.