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Shouldn't BN parties have a say in their own affairs?

Stephen Ng  |  Published:  |  Modified:

COMMENT | There are cracks that are appearing in the ruling coalition in the Alor Gajah constituency. Everyone can see that there is hardly any respect among the component parties.

Under the power-sharing agreement, every BN component party has been allocated certain constituencies. This has been the case for many years.

Hence, there should technically be an agreed formula among the component parties, and no sitting president should even interfere with the seat allocations or even choice of candidate for each constituency.

In this case, it has become public knowledge that Wong Nai Chee, who is an aide to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, has been picked to represent MCA in Alor Gajah, although the sidelined incumbent Koh Nai Kwong has the grassroots support.

If I were in Koh’s position, or was among his supporters, I would definitely not be happy. For many years, they had been ploughing the ground – and suddenly, someone parachutes in to enjoy the fruits of their hard work.

Now, that is assuming that Koh has done a lot to win the people’s hearts, and not depended on the votes of Umno supporters to win the constituency.

All that MCA vice-president Wee Ka Siong could do was to try to pacify the grassroots.

That is why I am with Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli, who said if Harapan fielded even a cat in his own constituency of Pandan, the cat would win. This is a reflection of MCA’s “meow” in the presence of a roaring lion...

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