Some MCA grassroots leaders are unhappy with president Liow Tiong Lai for being too soft in voicing on behalf of the Chinese community.
These grassroots leaders are contemplating pressuring Liow to voice their grouses to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, in order to defend the party’s image that it represents the Chinese community.
According to Sin Chew Daily ’s report, these leaders even suggested MCA quit BN.
The report said some division chairpersons from various states confirmed that grassroots are questioning Liow and some are unhappy with him for being too soft in the BN.
Some grassroots leaders are especially unhappy and disappointed regarding the party central leadership's stand on Youth chief Chong Sin Woon's recent remark on the Bersih 4 rally.
"Chong's remark is based on the people’s rights to rally provided under the federal constitution, but now BN leaders keep condemning and have asked Chong to resign.
“Does this mean if BN wants to take away Chong's deputy education minister post, we should also let it be?"
The report also said Youth leaders were divided on the matter, with one faction supporting Chong's remark, while another faction supported Liow who believes MCA should stand together with BN.
However sources said they feel MCA shouldn't quit BN, as it will face a tougher situation compared to now.
Getting further from people
Meanwhile, MCA deputy publicity chief Marco Yap announced his resignation yesterday.
In a Facebook posting, he said feels hurt when members in the same team are on different paths, especially when it is "getting further from the leadership, but closer and closer to the people".
"Chai (Kim Sen, publicity chief), sorry for not agreeing to your game rules, because I have my own principles.
"To prevent any awkward situation, I hereby tender my resignation."
Before the Bersih rally, Chong was reported saying no disciplinary action would be taken against party members who participate in the protest, which also demands for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's resignation.
"But what I'd say is please abide by the law, have self-discipline, and take care of yourselves," The Star Online last week quoted him saying.
However the English daily has since removed the article from its website.
However party vice president Chew Mei Fun was quoted by Bernama saying that MCA has a mechanism in place to act against any member who joins the rally or is in any way involved.
MCA secretary-general Ong Ka Chuan later put his foot down, stating outright that party members are not allowed to participate in the Bersih 4 rally.