KUALA LUMPUR — MCA will use its own emblem in the Balakong by-election but will still be part of Barisan Nasional (BN).
Party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the decision was made by the central committee, which also consulted rank-and-file members on the matter.
“We have received overwhelming support from the grassroots to use the MCA emblem for the by-election,” he told reporters following a meeting at Wisma MCA yesterday.
Liow said the candidates list will be announced soon and committee member Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun has been elected as the by-election
He said MCA would not leave BN.
“MCA will not leave BN as it was a founding member of the coalition alongside Umno and MIC,” he said, adding that MCA and the Opposition coalition are planning to implement internal reforms.
“One of the reasons why we are using our own emblem in the by-election is due to public response,” he said.
“It is time we work with all parties that are not part of Pakatan Harapan (PH).”
He expressed his confidence that given the setbacks encountered in the May 9 general election, the reforms will proceed on a strong footing.
“We have to readjust our own political role and discard whatever historical baggage we have. So we call upon the residents of Balakong as well as other opposition parties and members to support us in the by-election.”
In doing so, Liow said MCA would be able to serve not only its constituents but also act as a check-and-balance for the PH government.
“This way, the opposition coalition will be a force to be reckoned with.”