UMNO President Meets with MCA and MIC Leaders to Discuss Support for Unity Government Candidate in Kuala Kubu Bharu By-Election

UMNO, MCA, and MIC leaders meet to discuss support for Unity Govt candidate in Kuala Kubu Bharu by-election, highlighting challenges in maintaining unity within the coalition.

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UMNO President Meets with MCA and MIC Leaders to Discuss Support for Unity Government Candidate in Kuala Kubu Bharu By-Election

UMNO President Meets with MCA and MIC Leaders to Discuss Support for Unity Government Candidate in Kuala Kubu Bharu By-Election

UMNO President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi met with leaders from the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) and Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) on Friday to discuss their support for the Unity Government candidate in the upcoming Kuala Kubu Bharu by-election. The meeting comes after MCA and MIC initially refused to campaign for the candidate, who is not from the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim is also set to meet with the MCA and MIC leaders regarding their decision not to join the by-election campaign. "Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, as the Unity Government chairman, will meet with the MCA and MIC leaders to resolve any differences," Zahid stated after the meeting.

The Barisan Nasional deputy chairman, Mohamad Hasan, explained that all parties in the unity government had previously agreed the candidate in any by-election would be from the party that won the seat in the last general election. "BN respects the time-honored system where the incumbent party is given priority to field the candidate in a by-election," Hasan said. He noted that all parties in the unity government had helped the BN candidates in the previous Pelangai by-election, and now it is DAP's turn as the incumbent in Kuala Kubu Bharu.

MCA president Wee Ka Siong said the party's intention not to campaign for the by-election if the candidate was not from BN had been conveyed to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi as BN chairman. The proposal had been agreed to by the party before the MCA political development committee meeting.

Why this matters: The disagreement over the Kuala Kubu Bharu by-election candidate highlights the challenges of maintaining unity and cooperation within Malaysia's multi-party Unity Government. The outcome of this meeting and the Prime Minister's intervention will be critical in demonstrating the strength and cohesion of the alliance.

Zahid emphasized that UMNO will support any candidate fielded under the Unity Government, even if they do not belong to UMNO or BN. "It was UMNO's principle to honor the decision among Unity Government component parties regarding seats won by respective parties," he said. Zahid expressed hope that the differences can be

Key Takeaways

  • UMNO president met MCA, MIC leaders to discuss support for Unity Govt candidate in KKB by-election.
  • PM Anwar to meet MCA, MIC leaders to resolve differences over campaigning for Unity Govt candidate.
  • BN respects system where incumbent party fields candidate in by-election, expects support from allies.
  • MCA initially refused to campaign for non-BN candidate, proposal agreed before party meeting.
  • Disagreement highlights challenges in maintaining unity within Malaysia's multi-party Unity Government.