Soi Lek dismisses ‘losing support’ report

The MCA boss responds to a report on how a substantial number of people had left a party dinner early. 

Teoh El Sen, FMT

Dr Chua Soi Lek has dismissed speculations of dwindling support from the Chinese community following a news report of an “exodus” at a recent MCA dinner.

The MCA president pointed out that there were thousands who willingly attended the Saturday event despite bad weather and many had stayed on.

“Certain media was just playing it up. The event started late and the fact that so many came and paid for tickets means they are supporting us.

“How do you explain the rest of the crowd that stayed on despite the rain?” he said during a press conference here.

“The chairs, tables, and even plates were wet because of the rain,” he added.

China Press yesterday reported that some 20% of the 15,000 people at the MCA dinner called “Stability above chaos” in Johor left earlier.

Organisers had reportedly reasoned that the early departure of the attendees on that day was to beat traffic jams.

Meanwhile, Chua also responded to various issues concerning Pakatan Rakyat ranging from DAP chairman Karpal Singh’s “one man, one seat” remark to PAS’s apparent disapproval of the Halloween celebrations.