Barisan Nasional (BN) component party MIC has expressed today its willingness to join the Muafakat Nasional.
Taking a different stand from its MCA counterpart Wee Ka Siong who recognises BN as the only coalition, MIC president SA Vigneswaran (above), when asked on the party’s willingness to join the PAS-Umno collaboration, said: “Yes, of course.”
Earlier today, Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan said that MIC was keen to join Muafakat Nasional.
“MIC is very much in favour of joining, and MCA is very much with their principle that as long as it doesn’t contravene the constitution, why not,” he said.
Mohamad had told the media that Muafakat Nasional’s technical committee is exploring its options as a coalition.
“We are looking at every aspect, every angle, whether or not to form Muafakat Nasional as a party (coalition), or just a loose coalition, whether BN and other parties join on their own, or we form a bloc,” he said.
However, Wee said that MCA sees Muafakat Nasional as a spirit of opposition unity.
“No, no. We only appear in one coalition, that is BN. I don’t understand what you are saying about a new coalition.
“I said it in my policy speech, it is purely the spirit of opposition togetherness..My interpretation of Muafakat Nasional – it is not something that you have to apply to be a member, but anyone who wishes, who subscribes to the idea, even Sarawakians, Sabahans, and those want to contest together,” Wee said.
Yesterday, when asked whether MCA would join Muafakat Nasional following BN’s victory in Tanjung Piai by-election, the party’s deputy president replied with a sophistical answer.
“Politics is like life. It is unpredictable, you cannot say for sure what will happen tomorrow,” he said.
Tg Piai proves people accept Muafakat Nasional – Wee
The Tanjung Piai by-election proved that Umno and PAS’ Muafakat Nasional pact is accepted by the people, said MCA president Wee Ka Siong.
“Our victory in Tanjung Piai proved that Muafakat Nasional, which was built on the spirit of opposition solidarity without sidelining any races, is truly accepted by the rakyat who love unity and political stability,” he said.
He was speaking at the opening of the MCA annual general meeting in Kuala Lumpur today.
BN won the by-election last month with a landslide majority of 15,086 votes.
While PAS was not present at today’s AGM, Wee thanked them for their help in campaigning for MCA in the by-election.
Wee said Muafakat Nasional was anchored in the Federal Constitution and put importance on pluralism and moderation.
He reiterated that MCA is willing to cooperate with any party that upholds these principles.
He said BN must also come up with a pragmatic and progressive leadership, while expressing a hope that the new politics can ease tensions between the peoples so that all can live in harmony without hurting each others feelings.
“We must increase our strengths in the spirit of Muafakat Nasional, togetherness, and moderation for the people, and in turn become the best alternative party to replace Pakatan Harapan which has failed to protect the people and govern the country,” he added.
Previously, PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan (above) said that the Muafakat Nasional charter was explicit in saying that Umno represented BN, and therefore MCA was part of Muafakat Nasional.
However, Umno vice-president Ismail Sabri Yaakob said MCA was “not yet” a member of the pact.
Wee also said that being a “member” of Muafakat Nasional was illogical, saying it was just a spirit.
“What is a member of Muafakat Nasional? Are you a member of Muafakat Johor? No, you asked one question which is illogical,” he had told reporters last month when asked if MCA was a member of the pact.
MCA deputy president Dr Mah Hang Soon, meanwhile, yesterday said “life is unpredictable” when asked if the party would be joining Muafakat Nasional.