BN seat exchange strategy still under discussion

MALACCA: MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai today said seat distributions among the Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties should be done internally and not through the media.

He said such internal matters were discussed at the BN supreme council meetings and he was not at liberty to speak on the matter.

"Whatever BN seat exchanges are raised must be discussed internally and not through the newspapers," he said, adding the BN always adopted fair principles and there were no issues about seat allocations.

He was speaking to the press after opening the MCA Malacca State Convention at the State MCA office in Hang Tuah here today.

As for the opposition, Liow said there was frequent infighting regarding seat allocations.

He also slammed the opposition which has been unable to produce results, despite getting Chinese votes, especially in Penang and Selangor.

"After winning in 38 parliamentary seats and 95 state seats, the opposition are still unable to produce results," he said.

Meanwhile, in Kuala Selangor, MIC president Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam said the party would continue contesting in its traditional state constituent and parliamentary seats in the coming general election.

However, he said discussions remain open if the seat swapping strategy mapped out is beneficial for both MIC and other BN component parties.

"This is provided that the reason for the potential seat exchange between MIC and the other component party is beneficial and no party will be at the losing end.

"If the other party wants to exchange seats, we can sit and discuss. But it must be agreed upon on a win-win basis, and not at the expense of MIC," he said after launching the pilot initiative of the Temple Transformation Centre (TTC) programme at the Sri Thandayuthapani temple in Bestari Jaya, here.

The TTC, which is part of the seven priority initiatives based on the the Malaysian Indian Blueprint (MIB) implementation targets, comes under the purview of the Socio Economic Development of Indian Community (Sedic).

It is aimed at riding social ills among youngsters and empower the underprivileged, such as single mothers and low income groups by transforming temples into community centres.