MCA deputy president Dr Wee Ka Siong said that just because party vice-president Chew Mei Fun (pic) shared a stage with Perkasa Negri Sembilan chief Ruslan Kassim at an event last week, it does not mean MCA shared the Malay rights group’s cause.
"It was someone else's event. We could not do anything. Ruslan came in his personal capacity. Others saw him as Perkasa, we recognise him as a founder of Parti Keadilan Rakyat," Wee said after the party’s presidential council meeting today.
"Roslan wears 'many hats'. We know that," said Wee without explaining further.
Chew, the Barisan Nasional candidate in the Kajang by-election, was seen on the same stage with Ruslan Kassim at a national economic briefing session organised by Umno at Teratak Pekembar in Cheras, on February 28, reported by pro-Pakatan Rakyat bloggers.
According to MalaysiaKini, blogger Omakkau posted the incident in a blog.
The blogger said both Chew and Ruslan spoke on the same stage.
A photo found on Chew's official Facebook fan page, also showed her with Ruslan.
MCA and Perkasa do not get along as MCA has always labelled the Malay rights group as “extremist”.
Perkasa had previously lambasted MCA over the Chin Peng issue.
Perkasa warned the MCA not to upset Malays by insisting that Putrajaya allow Chin Peng's ashes be brought back here.
Meanwhile, MCA kept up their attack on PKR defacto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, meanwhile, said Anwar should stop politicising the water deal as people in Selangor were tired of him.
Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim last week signed a memorandum of understanding with Putrajaya on the water deal.
"We were supposed to do this six years ago and now it’s all done. I hope Anwar will not politicise the issue anymore. The people are tired of it," said Liow.
He said Anwar cannot fulfil his promises (cakap tak serupa bikin), while Chew is a woman with integrity and always true to her words.
He said if Chew wins the by-election, the party would give her full support.
"If she wins, we will make sure she will do her best to bring problems in Kajang up to the State Assembly," he said. – March 6, 2014.