KUALA LUMPUR — March 8, 2019: MCA and MIC have decided to remain as component parties of the Barisan Nasional despite earlier threats to abandon the coalition both have been a part of for 60 years, beginning with the Alliance from late 1957 after Malaya gained independence from the British.
An MCA-approved resolution to dissolve BN was tabled at the coalition’s supreme council meeting here today but did not receive a consensus. MCA had approved a resolution at its annual general assembly last year to suggest that the BN council be empowered to begin the process of its dissolution and to then form a new alliance.
Several days ago, MCA and MIC declared in a joint t statement that they wanted to leave the BN, a coalition that was expanded from the Alliance and formed at the beginning of 1973 and which at one point had 14 component parties.
“MCA and MIC remain BN component members, very much intact, but we take note of all the issues that we have to address,” said the coalition’s deputy chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan. MCA president Datuk Seri Dr. Wee Ka Siong and MIC president Tan Sri S.A. Vigneswaran were present at the press conference.
Mohamad pointed out that in accordance with the coalition’s charter, all decisions must be by consensus but added that the three remaining components agreed with an MCA resolution for the coalition to be streamlined in accordance with current requirements. Towards this end, a technical committee will be formed.
The issue of the Umno-PAS cooperation was raised during the meeting and received the support of MCA and MIC.