Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

MCA leaders should come together and agree to a formula that will enable them to have fresh party polls or risk losing the confidence and trust of the Chinese community, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin warned today.

“What is important is the interest of the party. Everyone has got their vested interest but the most important is the vested interest of the party. Otherwise, it will drag on too long and obvious consequences will be the loss of trust and confidence in the party,” he said.

Once that happened, it would be very difficult to regain the public confidence and trust, said Muhyiddin, who is on a four-day trade and investment mission.

The leaders should act en bloc while there was some hope and recourse to solve the impasse, he said when asked on the move by 13 MCA elected central committee members who had expressed their willingness to resign to pave the way for fresh party polls.

He said that only with the resignation of the members of the party’s central committee could fresh party polls be held according to the MCA constitution.

“Like it or not, they have to sacrifice so that the minimum requirment of two-thirds can be achieved,” he said.

He said all the MCA leaders, including president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and vice-president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had their own influence in the MCA central committee.

“Even two-thirds is not good enough because the other one-third are not in favour. Therefore, ideally it should be en bloc resignation.

“Then, we enable the MCA delegates to decide the MCA’s future and not the MCA leaders only,” said Muhyiddin.

Asked if it was unfair for those who were not involved in the issue to resign, he said it was not an issue of fair or otherwise.

“If because I have no problem and I intend to remain (in the committee), this will not resolve the problem. Good leaders will be re-elected, that is democracy in the party.

“But if everyone says they don’t agree and there are differing opinions, it (the problem) will drag on and if there is no election, people will say that the Chinese community has lost confidence in the MCA,” added Muyhiddin.