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Soi Lek’s remarks on Malay supremacy not MCA’s stand

JOHOR BARU, 29 Nov 2008: MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek’s remarks that the concept of Malay supremacy was no longer relevant, is not the party’s stand, said party president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.

“It is his personal view. The MCA’s stand will be based on a resolution made by its president or state chairpersons,” Ong told reporters after chairing the Johor MCA liaison committee meeting here today.

It was the first Johor MCA meeting after the party elections last month.

Ong, who is Johor MCA liaison committee chairperson, said the MCA’s stand would be announced by its information bureau spokesperson.

Asked whether any action would be taken against Chua (over the remarks), Ong replied: “Action? What action?”.

Chua was reported as saying on 27 Nov that the oft-used slogan of “Ketuanan Melayu” or Malay supremacy, which indicated a master-and-servant relationship was rejected in the 8 March general election.

He had said it was time to change the concept of power sharing within Barisan Nasional.

On the appointment of chairperson and deputy chairperson of 24 bureaus in the state liaison committees, Ong said the positions which carried heavy responsibilities, were not something to be proud about.

Meanwhile, former Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad said the MCA should not raise issues which could hurt the feelings of other races but instead focus on efforts to rebuild the party.

“Umno could also bring up many issues, but what is the point? What is important is that we clean up our own houses.

“Do not be panicky and lose our sense of direction because we have lost the election to the point of hurting our friends to popularise ourselves,” he told reporters after closing a national boxing coach training here today.

Isa is Malaysian Amateur Boxing Association president. — Bernama


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