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MCA president: Party to push for dissolution of BN instead of leaving coalition.

MCA today decided to push for the dissolution of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition instead of leaving the pact.

MCA president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong said the decision to push for a resolution to dissolve the coalition was made after taking into account of the current political scenario in the country.

'The party's central committee has been authorised to pave way for the dissolution of BN and seek new political coalition partners.

'Now is not the time to point fingers. We appreciate the sharing of power between different ethnic groups that has been forged since independence,' he said at Wisma MCA here.

Wee said the dissolution would be discussed among the three BN component parties which practiced Musyarawah or the spirit of consensus as the coalition was initially founded by the three main parties of Umno, MCA and MIC.

'As BN ruled for almost six decades, the coalition were met with an unprecedented losses in recent times and for the sake of rebuilding, BN needs to be dissolved.

'The tabling and approval of the resolution is the first step taken by the party to regain support for a political comeback,' he said.

Wee also declined to elaborate further on the possibility of BN's supreme council rejecting the resolution to dissolve and said when the time comes it will all be decided.

'The central committee will carry out its task and convey the resolution to the BN supreme council.

'We know what to do,' he said.

Earlier today, party delegates voted on a referendum to either remain or leave.

Wee said only one delegate opposed the dissolution.

Asked if it was peer pressure in deciding the resolution outcome, Wee dismissed such claims.

'What peer pressure? All of the delegates were given a chance to voice different views and options which is why today's debate was closed-door,' he said.

This is MCA's first AGM as an Opposition party since BN's unprecedented defeat since the 14th general election on May 9. The coalition that once had 13 components has shrunk to just three.

MCA, along with Umno and MIC, were the founding members of the Alliance party since the country obtained independence from colonial British.

In 1973, the Alliance was replaced with the BN coalition we know of today.

Wee also gave his assurance that MCA will continue to function as the Opposition and uphold the Opposition's solidarity.

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Date:Dec 2, 2018
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