Monday, March 28, 2011

MCA tells Nazri to join DAP

PETALING JAYA: MCA continued its attack on Umno leader Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz today, urging the latter to join DAP.
The minister in the Prime Minister’s Department had been drawing flak since last week when he had described MCA as a “neglected wife.”

The latest to join the fray was MCA publicity bureau deputy chairman Loh Seng Kok, who called on Nazri to “self-reflect on his impudent” remarks because the latter did not understand Umno and Barisan Nasional’s structure.

“Nazri should join DAP which claims to be a multi-racial party but yet does not have sufficient Malay influence,” he said in a statement.

Loh was referring to a statement by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, who said that he preferred Nazri over MCA because “at least he (Nazri) had helped the Chinese community.”

The MCA leader also noted that since other Umno leaders did not back Nazri, it indicated that the minister’s remarks did not reflect the stand of Umno or the Malay community.

On the same note, Loh pointed out that Umno did not represent all Malays, because opposition parties PAS and PKR also had strong support from the community.

He also said that Nazri’s “merciless” attack on a BN component party had opened the door for the opposition to “undermine the coalition’s unity and harmony.”

Under fire from Gerakan, MIC

Last week, Nazri had told Chinese daily Nanyang Siang Pau in an interview that “MCA is like a wife who keeps complaining to outsiders that she has been detained, sexually abused and denied food by her husband, but she refuses to divorce.”

Nazri had also warned MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek not to act like a “Chinese hero” and mocked the latter about his sex scandal.

Following this, the minister had come under fire from top MCA leaders, including deputy president Liow Tiong Lai, who vowed to bring up the matter during the next BN supreme council meeting, and vice-president Wee Ka Siong, who called Nazri “arrogant.”

Nazri defended himself saying that he was only expressing his personal opinion.

MCA vice-president Dr Ng Yen Yen downplayed the issue yesterday, saying that MCA had never asked Nazri to apologise. She said everyone had the right to comment but must “observe the ethics of BN.”

Even Gerakan president Koh Tsu Koon had called Nazri a “loose cannon” while the minister also drew flak from MIC secretary-general S Murugesan.

Nazri had urged MIC to hand over all six state seats in Perak which the party lost in 2008.

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