By staying out, bold MCA. MIC are telling big brother UMNO “you, too, don’t stand a chance” in state polls
RATHER than suffering another round of humiliation, MCA and MIC have perhaps made the wisest decision by skipping the six state elections slated for Aug 12 for both communal parties are well aware of their chances should they contest.
(Focus Malaysia) – MCA secretary-general Datuk Chong Sin Woon conceded that the decision to stay out was as reached after an in-depth discussion and analysis as well as taking into account the current political situation where the party will re-group by implementing reforms and revival.
“During this period, MCA will focus more on preparing for the 16th General Election (GE16),” he pointed out in a Facebook statement yesterday (July 6) evening.
MIC secretary-general R.T. Rajasekaran said the party’s central working committee (CWC) made a unanimous decision not to participate in the polls.
“This decision was reached after a discussion which lasted about four hours and after scrutinising the current political situation as well as hearing the views of each MIC member,” he noted in a statement.
The steadfast decision of both MCA and MIC which are key component parties of Barisan Nasional (BN) is basically sending a subtle signal to their ‘big brother’ UMNO – who is now co-helming the unity government alongside Pakatan Harapan (PH) – that “you, too, don’t stand a chance”.
After all, a recent survey has indicated that UMNO – against the backdrop of internal squabbling, scandalous leadership and having treacherously dishonoured the party’s stance of “no Anwar, no DAP” – is facing a daunting task ahead of the state polls in Selangor, Penang, Negri Sembilan, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.
The report published by ISEAS Perspective, a journal from the Singapore-based Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, found that the Malay grassroots’ acceptance of the PH-BN coalition – especially in Selangor – is still highly questionable at this moment.