MALAYS in Johor will be sidelined like those in Penang if it has a Chinese mayor, said a Malay rights group today, to suggestions by the MCA that the government appoint a Chinese mayor or deputy mayor in Chinese-majority urban cities like Ipoh and Johor Baru.

“If the suggestion is taken, we are worried that the fate of Malays in the bigger cities will be affected.

“If a Chinese becomes a mayor here, Johor Baru will end up like Penang which will be dominated by a single race.

“What is the standing of the Malays in Penang now?” Gerakan Pemikir Muda activist Fikri Alauddin told The Malaysian Insight.

Fikri also said MCA president Liow Tiong Lai’s proposal questions the capabilities of a Malay to govern the city, adding that the suggestion seems like a desperate attempt by MCA to get more votes from the Chinese.

It was reported that MCA president Liow Tiong Lai made the suggestion to Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Fikri said that MCA should not have touched on sensitive issues to gain support just because the party did poorly in the 13th general election.

“We should remember that MCA also lost the votes from the rural areas where most of the voters were Chinese. Will they be able to get more votes if the mayor was a Chinese?”

“Nevertheless, we do not support the suggestion at all especially for Johor Baru. The MCA president should come down to Johor Baru and look at our harmonious lives that carry the sentiment of ‘Muafakat Bangsa Johor’,” he added.

Meanwhile, Red Shirts leader Jamal Yunos said that it was MCA’s right to make the suggestion but it would have to give up traditional seats to Umno.

He said BN’s allies cannot be thinking for themselves only but should focus on victory for the coalition.

“For example, Sekinchan state seat was given to MCA but we know that if Umno contest here, they are more likely to win,” said the Sungai Besar Umno chief.

“Therefore it is not wrong to give up their seat if it results in a victory for BN altogether,” Jamal said.


Perkasa general-secretary Syed Hassan Syed Ali, however, said sarcastically that the government should just give MCA whatever it wants.

“Even if they want Petronas, TNB, Telekom, KTM or MAS chairmanship, the government should just give in as the Malays, who are holding those seats, won’t be envious one bit,” he added.

“It looks like MCA is no longer interested in winning any Parliament or state seats because they seem to be more focused on asking for positions and making demands like recognition for United Examinations Certificate for Chinese schools,” said Syed Hassan.

“If MCA is no longer interested in winning any seats in the next elections then maybe the Malays don’t need to vote for them anymore,” he added.

Syed Hassan said it’s better to have Umno replace MCA in their seats as “most of the MCA seats consist of 55%-65% Malay voters anyway.”