MIC And MCA Will Sit Out State Elections

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MCA secretary-general Datuk Chong Sin Woon and his MIC counterpart RT. Rajasekaran announced MCA and MIC will not contest in upcoming state elections.
MCA secretary-general Datuk Chong Sin Woon and his MIC counterpart RT. Rajasekaran announced MCA and MIC will not contest in upcoming state elections.

MIC and MCA, component parties in Barisan Nasional have announced they will not contest in the upcoming state elections.

KUALA LUMPUR — Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties MCA (Malaysian Chinese Association) and MIC (Malaysian Indian Congress) have announced that they will not contest in the six state elections in Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu, Penang, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan next month.

MCA secretary-general Datuk Chong Sin Woon and his MIC counterpart RT. Rajasekaran announced this in separate statements today.

Chong said that during this period MCA would focus on preparations for the 16th general election (GE16), where the party would implement reforms and rejuvenation.

“This decision was reached at the MCA Central Committee meeting today after discussions, analysis and considering the current political situation,” he said.

He said MCA would play the role of a BN component party to help candidates of fellow BN components in the polls.

Rajasekaran said the party made the decision at its Central Working Committee meeting on June 30 after studying the current political situation.

Decision Relayed to PM Anwar Ibrahim

“MIC’s decision to stay out of the coming state polls was made solely to safeguard the interests of MIC. For now, MIC will pay more attention to the process of building a more solid party structure for facing GE16,” he said.

“This decision was made after a four-hour discussion which took into account views from the central working committee and the current political landscape. He said MIC will still fulfill its role as a BN component party.”

He added that the party’s decision had been conveyed to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, in his capacity as chairman of the Unity Government Secretariat.

The BN component parties in peninsular Malaysia are UMNO, MCA and MIC.

Earlier, the Election Commission announced that the six states would hold their state polls simultaneously, with 12 Aug set for polling, 29 July for nominations and 8 Aug for early voting. — Mediahit