Federal Territories MCA liaison committee chairperson Yew Teong Look wants BN leaders to follow the coalition’s spirit of consensus.
Discussions involving seat allocations and candidate selection, he said in a statement today, should remain internal.
Yew said this in response to Bandar Tun Razak Umno chairperson Rizalman Mokhtar who stated that Umno could win the parliamentary seat if given the mandate to contest in the 14th general election.
Bandar Tun Razak, however, is a traditional MCA seat.
As such, Yew (photo) stressed that the candidate selection for seats must only be decided according to the BN consensus.
“All members of the BN coalition must follow and respect the BN spirit of consensus. Decisions are made only after consent and acceptance by all BN coalition parties,” said Yew.
He cited Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak who had announced that the BN supreme council’s decision on the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act (Act 355) which was reached through BN consensus.
“Therefore, Federal Territories MCA would like to remind BN and party leaders at all levels, if there are any ideas regarding fielding candidates for constituencies during the next general election, such ideas should be raised within the BN mechanism for internal discussion, rather than publicly making such announcements.
“This is to avoid affecting the image and team spirit of BN,” he added.
Yesterday, Rizalman was quoted by portal Malaysia Gazette as saying that Umno wants to contest the Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary seat in the next election to replace MCA which failed to win the seat in the last general election.
The Umno grassroots of Bandar Tun Razak, said Rizalman, want the BN leadership to consider fielding an Umno candidate as Malays make up more than 55 percent of voters there.
The seat is currently held by independent lawmaker Khalid Ibrahim. The former Selangor menteri besar contested the seat on a PKR ticket in the last general election.- Mkini