MCA-PAS-Umno ties hypocritical, solely to win Tg Piai by-election - Mahathir

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TG PIAI POLLS | MCA's recent close cooperation with PAS, with Umno playing the role of the ‘middleman’, is nothing but an insincere and hypocritical charter with the sole purpose of winning the Tanjung Piai parliamentary by-election, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad (above) said.

He said both MCA and PAS leaders’ actions constantly contradicted what they preached, especially when it comes to matters of cooperation between both parties.

“Insincere. Hypocritical. In front (of the Malays) they claim to champion the Malays, when they come here (Tanjung Piai), (they support) the non-Malays… they only think of winning the by-election,” the Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman said after attending a breakfast session with Tanjung Piai non-governmental organisations in Pontian today.

Also present were Home Minister and Pakatan Harapan deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin and Johor Menteri Besar and PH Tanjung Piai parliament by-election machinery director Sahruddin Jamal.

The premier was asked on MCA-PAS cooperation, brokered by Umno, and viewed by many as odd as both parties (MCA and PAS) had always been at loggerheads with each other and were never able to see eye to eye on many matters, especially those concerning Islam and the Malays.

This odd coupling became more evident after PAS supported MCA's move to contest in Tanjung Piai, and the Chinese-based party's election campaign.

As such, Dr Mahathir said the people and the voters in Tanjung Piai must be wise by recognising PH's struggles for the nation's wellbeing.

“Although there are issues concerning the Chinese, the Malays, the Indians, when we focus on the country's needs, we set these issues aside.

“We look for ways to resolve disputes… when we unite and accept a coalition government, we will prosper,” he said.

The by-election this Saturday will see a six-cornered fight between Karmaine, Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng (BN), Wendy Subramaniam (Gerakan), Datuk Dr Badhrulhisham Abdul Aziz (Berjasa) and two independent candidates - Dr Ang Chuan Lock and Faridah Aryani Abd Ghaffar.

\- Bernama