Press statement by Dr. Boo Cheng Hau, DAP Johor State Chairman and Central Executive Committee Member issued on 30 April 2011 at Skudai Stat e Assemblyman Service Center, Skudai, Johor Bahru in response to MCA President Chua Soi Lek yesterday’s statement that “MCA will not become part of government at any level if the party's performance in the next general election is worse than what happened in 2008 and if MCA was unable to gain support from the Chinese community.
MCA President Chua Soi lek’s statement shows that Barisan Nasional component parties are still racially divided and is unable to fulfil the One Malaysia dream where there will be no racial discrimination In Malaysia.
Chua Soi Lek’s statement is seen to intimidate voters especially taking Chinese Malaysians voters at ransom.
I would challenge Barisan Nasional to form a non-racial coalition and all race based component parties such as UMNO and MCA would have to merge and open to all Malaysians without reference to one’s race and skin colour.
If MCA loses badly in the next General Elections, it not only means that MCA is discarded by Malaysians but racial politics is abandoned by Malaysians.
Therefore, MCA as a race based party should be dissolved and UMNO should be open to all Malaysians including MCA members into its fold.
Chua Soi Lek’s statement shows that MCA is restrained by racial segregation within Barisan Nasional itself. If Barisan Nasional itself fails to practice non-racial politics but engages segregationist approach, One Malaysia is seen to be only a rhetoric.
Therefore, if MCA loses badly in the next General Elections, it should push UMNO to open its door to all Malaysians and make a One Malaysian Party first before it is qualified to talk about a One Malaysia dream. If MIC, MCA and UMNO successfully merge as a single all Malaysian party, UMNO can strive for the rights of Non Malays too.
I would like to rebut Chua Soi Lek’s statement that DAP only received Chinese support during last Sarawak State Election. More factually DAP won in most urban areas where urban Sarawak natives support DAP too.
I would like remind Chua Soi Lek that 70% Chinese electorates supported PAS. Furthermore, PAS has formed a Non Muslim wing officially to open its membership to all Malaysians. It is untrue that Chinese community support DAP to erode Chinese representation in Government like the racial slur what Chua coins it “use the Chinese to counter Chinese”. Urban community especially Chinese voters have supported Pakatan Rakyat because they want more substantive social changes.