IT IS about time that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim confronts DAP vice-chairman and Seputeh MP Teresa Kok for her repeated rant that MCA withdraws from the unity government.
This is not the first time that Kok has publicly demanded that MCA quits the unity government as she had earlier on Aug 27 made the same call.
Coincidently, DAPSY (DAP Socialist Youth) national chief Dr Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen also demanded likewise from MCA in another occasion just a few days after Kok made the call.
MCA has consistently adhered and upheld the royal decree by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (YDPA) and has never flinched in our support for the unity government helmed by Anwar.
On several occasions, we have publicly declared that our party abides by our support pledge until the next general election (GE).
Despite public demands by DAP to MCA, our party has always maintained a calm and gracious demeanour as we uphold national political stability and respect for the YDPA’s decree.
Sadly, DAP leaders do not value MCA’s efforts to safeguard our unity government and has once again launched provocative moves against our party.
This exposes their hypocrisy that behind Anwar’s back, the Rocket is rocketing down the steadiness of the unity government. Ever since Malaya gained independence, not a single leader from any ruling coalition has publicly demanded that its allies join forces with rival political coalitions.
Kok will go down the annals of Malaysia’s history by being the first to do so on DAP’s behalf. Even more frustrating is that Kok resorted to hollow fallacies in her statement to slander MCA.
This only proves her malicious intent to incite MCA with the hopes that our party will leave the unity government so that the Madani government is thus toppled.
DAP has endlessly twisted facts to create the illusion that MCA hopes to form a government with PAS. However, history reveals that MCA has never cooperated with PAS.
The formation of the government in 2020 was carried out under the auspices of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (YDPA). With the directive from the then PM, the government was formed under the banner of Perikatan Nasional (PN) taking into consideration that the stability of our country was paramount.
In contrast, DAP was in full cooperation with PAS three times. It would come as a no brainer if a fourth or fifth cooperation is forthcoming in future.
In the past, Kok highlighted the “Sheraton Move” more than once. However, she failed to mention the Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman and current Deputy PM Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi.
Wouldn’t her comments cause Zahid embarrassment? To slander MCA president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong as being obsessed with officialdom, Kok had on Monday (Jan 8) used the adjective “cold-hearted” to raise the statutory declaration (SD) issue. The fact remains that BN’s stance back then was “No Anwar, No DAP.”
Before the BN supreme council was convened and before the sovereign head of state had issued the royal decree, a senior BN leader had on Nov 20, 2022 instructed BN MPs to adopt the “No Anwar, No DAP” position to support another leader to serve as premier.
PM’s action warranted
PN leaders also publicly displayed screenshots of a secret conversation between the leaders of BN and PN on Nov 20, 2022 at the residence of Bersatu secretary general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin. Why didn’t Kok mention such developments? At that time, all the four major party allies of BN and their MPs heeded the instructions and signed the SD.
Later, the BN supreme council decided to remain neutral on Nov 21 and Nov 22, 2022. BN secretary-general Dauk’ Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir later released a statement on Nov 22, 2022 that all SDs signed before the BN meeting were invalid and that Istana Negara has accepted that no BN MPs supported anyone to be PM.
After the YDPA decreed that a unity government be established, Kok continued to selectively and repeatedly raise the so-called SD issue which once again proves her malevolent intention to undermine the unity government.
There should be awareness that MPs who signed the SDs are now comrades of DAP in the cabinet. Are Kok’s mudslinging intended to embarrass her fellow party comrades during cabinet meetings?
Given that many actions of DAP leaders in recent months have undermined the stability of the unity government, we implore on the PM to take the appropriate action promptly. – Jan 10, 2024
Tan Kok Eng is the Federal Territory MCA deputy chairman and Kepong MCA chairman.
The views expressed are solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Focus Malaysia.