KOTA KINABALU: Sabah MCA is keen to contest in more seats for Barisan Nasional in the next general election, state party chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said.
He said MCA was particularly keen in new seats following a redelineation of electoral boundaries.
“Sabah MCA will not want to be confined to existing political boundaries,” Dr Wee said at the opening of the state party convention by MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai here on Sunday.
“We will ask for more battlefields including parliamentary seats, to help Barisan safeguard this fixed deposit state,” he added.
Dr Wee, the MCA deputy president, said the party was working on how to win the Luyang and Kepayan state seats.
(The Luyang seat was won by Dr Hiew King Cheu on a DAP ticket. Hiew subsequently joined MCA.)
Dr Wee said Sabah and Sarawak remained a beacon of hope in terms of true harmony among the diverse races.
“We had the so-called yellow shirts followed by the red shirts gatherings. Regardless of claims by the organisers, these events showcased a thick sense of racial singularity,” he said.
“This could be easily interpreted as racial gatherings. This is a threat to the harmony that we have built and cherished over the years.” he added.
On the other hand, the unity and harmony prevalent in Sabah and Sarawak should be emulated by all Malaysians.
“In both states, the government and people share the same aspirations. They do not differentiate among each other and there is abundant sense of mutual respect,” Wee added.
He also reminded MCA members to stop bickering among themselves that would only exhaust them.
“Good thoughts will help strengthen the party while bad ones will only destroy the party and make it a laughing stock,” Wee said. – The Star