|Chua confirms voting was made along ethnic lines ..|
But will they, really? We shall see. Nik Aziz says he will step down as the PAS leader of the spirit. Anwar Ibrahim said it twice - once last year to the international press and again month: he would quit and become a lecturer if he does not get to become Prime Minister of Malaysia after the 13th General Election. Now Chua Soi Lek, the MCA president, says he is also going to say goodbye. But that will not happen immediately, though. CSL said he will not seek reelection at the MCA elections, which will take place only at the end of the year.
Nik Aziz once reportedly boasted that he'd quit politics if Dr Mahathir Mohamad really called it a day. But when Dr M stepped down at the end of 2003 as Malaysia's longest serving and greatest Prime Minister, Nik Aziz stayed on as PAS leader of the Spirit for the next decade. And Anwar is contesting the results of the General Elections ...
Press Statement by MCA President Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek
I wish to congratulate the Prime Minister for Barisan Nasional’s convincing victory in the 13th general election.I also wish to thank the people who had voted for MCA candidates and to all the campaigners and volunteers who had worked tirelessly for Barisan Nasional, especially for MCA.MCA respects and accept the decision of the voters. This is what democracy is all about.We support the Prime Minister’s call for national reconciliation and look forward to the work ahead.It is also clear that the voting was made along ethnic lines with the Chinese believing that the DAP can change the government.Voting the Chinese out of the State and Federal government will not help solve dissatisfaction with the government.However I firmly believe that the Prime Minister will continue with its inclusive policy and continue to look after the interest of the Chinese community, particularly on Chinese education, culture and economics.I accept MCA’s losses and the party will not take up any government post at state and federal levels.This was in accordance to the unanimous decision approved at the party’s EGM and unanimously endorsed by the central committee.As the president of MCA, I have to stabilize the party under this difficult condition. I will convene a meeting of the Presidential Council and Central Committee to deliberate a direction of the party following the dismay results.At the same time, I have decided that I will not seek re-election in the upcoming party election.I appeal to MCA members to remain calm and united.Thank you