Anwar still has a lot of explaining to do, says Tee Keat
The result of the Permatang Pauh by-election will have no bearing on the number of seats Barisan Nasional already has in Parliament.
“It is just another by-election,” said MCA vice-president Datuk Ong Tee Keat. “The number of seats held by Barisan will not change (if PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim wins). It will not upset the balance.”
Should Anwar return to Parliament, the people would want to see how he carries himself, said Ong, who is Transport Minister.
“The people will want to see how he articulates their views and aspirations, not make mere promises,” he said at the Tuanku Bainun Teachers Training Institute nomination centre in Mengkuang yesterday.
He said that before Anwar made further promises in his campaign, it was important for him to explain to the people the possibility of an imminent defection of some 30 Barisan legislators, which would then change the country’s political landscape.
“He said they would join him but we have yet to hear further developments on this. Was he just crying wolf?”
He said morally, Anwar owed the public an explanation.
Kedah MCA chief and Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wira Chor Chee Heung said it was unlikely Anwar could become the Prime Minister on Sept 16, as he had claimed.
“I cannot understand how Anwar thinks he can pull it off. He needs a two-third majority in Parliament. If you do the math, Pakatan Rakyat does not have enough seats.”
Penang MCA chief Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said it was a Barisan tradition to use its good service record to woo voters and called on them not to be taken in by Anwar.
“He is using the economic situation as an advantage and economic prosperity is something important to the people, especially the Chinese. But his promise to reduce fuel prices is impractical. Hopefully, Barisan can help the people see through his schemes,” he said.
- The Star -