Umno is noth­ing with­out BN, says MCA


PETALING JAYA: Umno only has it­self to blame for the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing state of Barisan Na­sional (BN) to­day, and it is pay­ing the high price for be­ing po­lit­i­cally ar­ro­gant.

In a strongly worded com­ment, MCA pub­lic­ity spokesman Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker (pix) said BN’s col­lapse fol­low­ing the 14th gen­eral elec­tion (GE14) should serve as a les­son to Umno that with­out the other BN com­po­nent par­ties, “Umno is noth­ing”.

He also claimed that Umno be­gan ne­glect­ing the peo­ple and other mem­bers of BN, and got car­ried away with power, hav­ing been the rul­ing party for decades since in­de­pen­dence.

“Umno was almighty pre­vi­ously be­cause of the sup­port of the rakyat and BN par­ties. But be­cause of this, they over­looked the con­tri­bu­tion of oth­ers. They just want to live alone (hidup sendiri).

“And this is the price they are pay­ing. They were so ego-cen­tric and self­cen­tred. What they need is to em­power the com­po­nent par­ties in the coali­tion and re­spect the peo­ple.

“This (BN’s col­lapse) is the end re­sult of (Umno’s) po­lit­i­cal ar­ro­gance,” he told theSun yes­ter­day.

Ti was asked to com­ment on the Sarawak com­po­nent par­ties’ pull­out from BN on Tues­day and MCA’s stand on its re­la­tion­ship with BN. Umno’s BN lost fed­eral power in GE14 in what was a shock­ing de­feat, gar­ner­ing only 79 seats of the over­all 222, 19 of which were won by its four com­po­nent par­ties in Sarawak.

Asked to com­ment if MCA would sim­i­larly re­view its po­si­tion in BN, Ti said it was pre­ma­ture to do so un­til new lead­er­ships are in­stalled in the re­spec­tive par­ties af­ter their party elec­tions. “Only then can we as­sess the type of lead­er­ship each party has and whether we want to re­view our po­si­tions or not,” he said

Mean­while, MCA vet­eran Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn said it was high time for the party to re­con­sider its po­si­tion in BN, claim­ing the whole po­lit­i­cal land­scape un­der the coali­tion has changed fol­low­ing its GE14 de­feat.

The for­mer party vice-pres­i­dent said MCA should in­stead fo­cus its ef­forts on serv­ing the peo­ple in ru­ral ar­eas, as they did when the party was first es­tab­lished.

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