PETALING JAYA: MCA will remain loyal and steadfast to Barisan Nasional, said publicity bureau chairman Datuk Chai Kim Sen, amid a fake news article announcing the party’s withdrawal from the ruling coalition.
Chai said the author of the article was trying to create instability and sow distrust within the coalition, and erode the Chinese community’s confidence in MCA.
“It is clear the author is unable to separate fact from fiction, and is motivated by malicious intent to slander MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and MCA in his (or) her bizarre attempt at conjuring lies.
“We will continue to work with our Barisan partners in preparation for the 14th general election, and expect more such vicious spinning to come our way by quarters o1ut to shake and destroy the stability within Barisan,” Chai said in a statement on Sunday.
The fake article was written in the form of actual news and quoted Liow as well as Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, among others.
It claimed that this was the “biggest political development in Malaysia”, adding that Liow had disclosed the news to reporters after a “quarterly MCA central committee meeting”.
Chai said the fake WhatsApp message, which was released on April 1, was no April Fool’s Day prank but a “pathetic spin by the Opposition, its supporters or cybertroopers” worried and jealous of the support Barisan was getting.
He said no MCA central committee meeting was convened on March 31, as Liow was in India accompanying Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He also clarified that on the date Liow supposedly “withdrew” MCA from Barisan, he was in fact having a discussion with India’s Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu. Liow had also tweeted his meeting with the minister.
The fake article had several spelling and factual mistakes, as well as the questionable byline “Neo Tar Pean”, which means “you have faeces” in Mandarin.
It is believed that the fake article began circulating on social media on Saturday, which is April Fool’s Day.