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YB not in MCA's bag yet: Upko

Published on: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: It appears that MCA may have to wait a little longer before they can call Luyang Assemblyman Hiew King Cheu - who defected from opposition DAP - their own as calls mounted for the matter to be decided by the Barisan Nasional (BN) Supreme Council.

The latest on Tuesday came from United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) which stated that a consensus decision of the BN Supreme Council was needed to accept or otherwise any application from opposition elected representatives wishing to join the BN through a component party.

Acting President Datuk Madius Tangau said as far as Upko is concerned, it considered Hiew to be still an independent State Assembly member until MCA submitted his membership application for a decision in the BN Supreme Council.

Tangau said that right after the 13th General Election last year there were already some moves from opposition elected representatives to join the ruling coalition.

The matter was brought up for discussion at the BN Supreme Council meeting and the decision then was such application must first be submitted to the BN Supreme Council for a consensus decision.

"Therefore as far as Upko is concerned the Luyang Assemblyman is still an independent assemblyman until the BN council decides otherwise," he said.

Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) had confirmed earlier that Hiew had applied to join the party but when the matter came to light Sabah BN component parties namely Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) expressed its objection.

Last week, MCA President Datuk Seri Dr Liow Tiong Lai called for a press conference here to announce that the Prime Minister and Chief Minister have given the blessings for MCA to take Hiew into its fold.

Again PBS maintained its stand that in this respect the BN consensus spirit must be observed lest it would split the coalition as a result of a free-for-all.

State BN Secretary Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said that Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman did not object to MCA's move because Hiew was representing the area alloted to MCA in the last general election.

However, Abdul Rahman agreed that MCA had acted hastily in making the announcement and they would have to answer queries from fellow component parties in the next BN supreme council meeting.

Meanwhile, Sabah DAP is on the same page as PBS President Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan who said that the BN is heading for a split with MCA accepting Hiew without consulting other State BN partners.

Its Secretary, Dr Edwin Bosi, said it seems the consensus spirit, which is the hallmark of BN, has been reduced to waste.

"And if what MCA said is correct then the word BN consensus is just another propaganda tool," he said in a Monday statement.

He said everyone knew that the decision to accept Hiew into MCA basically came from the BN Chairman who is also the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

So, whatever PBS says now will fall on deaf ears, he said, now that Najib had already made the decision (according to MCA) to accept Hiew into BN.

"PBS should consider the deal done and sealed," he said.

Towards this end he suggested that PBS start charting a new direction for the party.

"If the 13th general election is the benchmark, PBS lost the Matunggung, Kadamaian, Tamparuli, Api-Api and Inanam seats to the Pakatan Rakyat," he said, adding he foresees many PBS seats falling to the Pakatan Rakyat in the next election.

He said that even the Matunggung and Kadamaian assemblymen, who were formerly with PKR, have ditched their party and were knocking the doors of BN.

So, if Hiew is accepted by MCA, it is likely that they too will soon be accepted into BN, he said.

"Only time will tell when and who will accept them? Reflecting on this, PBS is the prime loser," he said.

On that note, Dr Bosi said the Pakatan Rakyat would be very thorough when deciding on their candidates in the next election.