RAWANG - The decision of the PAS ulama wing to cut ties with DAP is proof that both parties cannot work together, says MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
He said the people knew from the start that the two Opposition parties "slept on the same bed, but had different dreams".
"What took place at the PAS muktamar have shown that this is true.
"DAP has also shown that it is powerless and cannot do anything about the situation," said Liow in his speech at the Selayang MCA annual general meeting yesterday.
He added that Pakatan Rakyat was in a mess now.
"The Barisan Nasional formula is able to unite our multi-racial country. But as for the Pakatan formula, I don't know.
"Their formula seems to be of a confrontational sort - holding street rallies as well as raising racial and extreme issues. They will only divide the country," he said.
Liow said he was confident of Barisan's efforts to propel the country towards Vision 2020. He said that unlike the Opposition, Barisan worked on a consensus basis.
Last Wednesday, PAS' Dewan Ulama (Ulama council) approved a motion for the Islamist party to cut ties with DAP, but to remain in the Pakatan.
In response to this, DAP vice-chairman Teresa Kok reportedly said DAP would ask for a Pakatan leadership council meeting on the issue.
On another matter, Liow said the MCA was working on its party transformation, including expanding its voting system for the party leadership to division delegates.
Currently, only MCA central delegates can vote for the party's top leaders.
Liow also stressed on the importance of Barisan component parties going down to the ground to strengthen grassroots support.
"As elected representatives, we need to know the people's concerns.
"If the grassroots support for MCA, MIC and Umno is strong, then Barisan would have an easy and confident win in regaining the constituencies in this area," he told party members at the Selayang MCA office.
Selayang MCA division chief Datuk Goh Ah Ling said he hoped the Prime Minister would allocate at least four ministerial posts to MCA if a Cabinet reshuffle takes place.
"MCA should be given support to keep advancing and not have a smaller presence in the Cabinet," he said.